ONE of the largest medieval markets in Spain returns next month to the province of Alicante after a forced two-year hiatus due to the Covid pandemic.
The three-day event in the city of Orihuela takes place between the 3rd and 5th of February and normally attracts visitors from all over the area and beyond.
In a few years, the market and the extensive entertainment program have attracted up to half a million people.
More than 300 market stalls will be installed along the streets of the city center along four kilometers.
The space used will extend from the Puerta de la Olma to the Plaza de Santiago.
Trading and entertainment will take place every day from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm.
Orihuela’s party councillor, Antonio Sánchez, said: “There will be more entertainment, music, dancing and fun as the whole city has come together to ensure that the market is once again one of the best in Spain.”
25 music, theater and dance groups will participate, as well as six historical recreation associations.
Falconry exhibitions are scheduled in the Plaza de Santiago and the Rincón Hernandiano will host cavalry tournaments on horseback.
Ramón Sije square will be the setting for large-scale shows.
The market will officially open at noon on February 3 with a parade between the Puerta de la Olma and the Town Hall.
All the Orihuela museums will have extended opening hours during the market weekend and there will be guided tours of the Orihuela Cathedral, including the possibility of climbing the bell tower.