Monsters, myths and local legends 

ALL SAINTS: Teulada-Moraira children go back to the past  Photo credit: Teulada town hall 

AS Spain increasingly embraces the monsters of other cultures, Teulada-Moraira’s children were recently reminded of their own. 
The itinerant exhibition El nostres monstres en la cultura popular recently visited Teulada’s municipal library and finished with an outing to Teulada’s Old Quarter and an outdoors storytelling session. 
This took the children into the world of the Valencia Region’s monsters and bogeymen as they got to know the streets of the Old Quarter a little better and their own myths and legends. 
They learned about the snake named Sancha, that made friends with a shepherd boy who lived between the Albufera, the freshwater lagoon on the outskirts of Valencia City and the sea.  
They were told about the Monovar cave which was the home of another snake that paralysed those who saw her with a single glance and El Caro, a demonic creature with the body of an owl and a man’s head who was once feared in La Marina, Mariola, Alcoy, El Comtat and Safor. 
The initiative was another way of introducing the young to their own popular legends and the importance of All Saints which is now overshadowed by Halloween, the town hall explained. 
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Linda Hall

Originally from the UK, Linda is based in Valenca and is a reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering local news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at