Celebrating with Benissa

Celebrating in Benissa Credit: BenissaTurisme, X

With a passion for traditions and celebrations like no other, Benissa welcomes visitors to the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the town´s Patron Saint, Purissima Xiqueta.

From May 20 until May 5, festivities will enrapture Benissa with some activities taking place as late as 4am, offering an immersive programme for families, visitors, and children.

Purissima Xiqueta became Benissa´s patron saint in 1864; her significance is marked by the Church of the Purissima Xiqueta built in her honour. Each year, the celebration lies on the fourth Sunday of April with a wide participation of both locals and visitors.

It is a joyful tradition one can rely on, with live music, parades with the town brass band, coronation ceremonies, and art presentations enlivening the town. During this time, groups of people can be spotted driving through the night town on floats, wearing authentically crafted costumes, with people of all ages thrilled about the festivity.

Bells will ring, cows and bulls will march alongside the community, and a giant paella will be shared amongst all who happen to be in Benissa. These are the days worth witnessing, for they present a rare opportunity to experience unique Spanish traditions.

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Written by

Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.