Reyes Magos(Three Kings)
The best loved tradition among kids during Spanish Christmas. Santa Claus is well-known figure but the Three Kings are the stars. There is a traditional Cabalgata procession(Parade of the three Kings) starting fom Playa del Cura, through the famous streets of the town joined by a host of groups, marching bands, dancers and fire actors. The parade, is a delight for young and old alike. and takes more or less 3 hours till reaching Plaza Concepcion (the main square). On arrival, they received letters from local children before entering the church to pay a homage to the baby born Jesus.
Feria de Mayo
A spectacular fiesta of Sevillanas music and dance, held in the fairground area within Torrevieja's harbour. An annual festival which starts (the first day) as fishermen offer the traditional "pescaditos" (fish) to passers by.
The following evening, the Mayor declares the opening of the event followed by a great firework display.
The last day starts with a mass followed by a parade with floats and horses which begins from the church area. Music, dance and horse exhibitions continue throughout the day. Men, women and children are wearing their beautiful costumes untiringly performing their typical dance. This one week fiesta ends at midnight, again with a magnificent fireworks.
Three days religious festival for the Patron Saint of the Sea, La Virgen del Carmen, from the 14th of July up to the 16th. The celebrations starts with mass and the procession, in which the image of the Virgin is passed through the maritime neighborhoods or is later embarked at ports where people sail with her followed by many boats. This is procession is filled with emotion whereby people offer flowers, throw laurel in the water to remember the ones killed in the sea and sing the salve marinera. Other than these, there are more festive activities in town like regattas, musical performances and fireworks .
The Christmas Crib.
The Crib is situated right in the middle of Torrevieja, in front of the largest church. Just follow the main street Calle de Ramon Gallud, and you'll find it in front of the church Iglesia Arciprestal de la Inmaculada Concepción.
It might be the same all over Spain, at least it was pretty awful in Torrevieja and Alicante.
Locals seem to park their car wherever they find it suitable. If there isn't enough free parking lots, they'll leave they car in the middle of the road or next to another parked car in that way that it's impossible that other car to leave. They'll leave their car without thinking much of other people and just leave the car's emergency lights blinking.
One funny parking situation was in a one-way street, where two cars were parked one centimeter away from each other and the heads of the cars were pointing at each other.
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