This fiesta has been celebrated since the Middle Ages and is a mixture of culture, history and legend, where all the locals get involved. It has two main spectacles: the Wine Horses, and the Moors and Christians celebrations. The latter represent the battles that took place between the two sides way back in history. From 01/05/2012 to 05/05/2012.
This festival commemorates the appearance, in the 13th century, of the Holy Cross in the ancient fortress of Moorish king Abu-Zayt. The first day begins with a Reveille, in which there is no shortage of gunpowder, and this is followed by the big day of the fiestas with parades of Moors and Christians and the running of the Wine Horses (Caballos del Vino) up the castle ramp laden with heavy hogsheads of wine and richly embroidered mantles. On 3rd May the Baño de la Cruz is celebrated in the Baroque shrine, commemorating the miracle that occurred in 1384, when these blessed waters brought an end to a plague of locusts. Parades, processions and a range of firework displays complete the programme for the fiestas.
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