Hita medieval festival
Would you like to travel back in time? This is the sensation you will have in many Spanish towns and villages when they hold mediaeval events and markets. These festive events are especially common in summer, combining history, culture and fun.
Troubadours, merchants, jongleurs, knights, damsels… In many places in Spain, and especially during the summer, these characters take over the streets for several days to whisk you back to the Middle Ages. All over Spain there are mediaeval markets that recreate the atmosphere, traditions and events of that period in history. Some of them have become major festive events attracting large crowds of visitors.
These are generally popular events. Most of the local people take part with real enthusiasm, wearing accurate costumes, taking part in the stagings of legends and battles, cooking traditional medieval dishes, etc. To add to the atmosphere, the streets are decorated with flags and banners, and the ground is covered with straw. There is also street entertainment with music, puppets and minstrels to keep the children happy. Some festivals also include activities such as jousting tournaments and falconry exhibitions. If they are also in historic towns and villages with monuments as a backdrop, then the result is truly spectacular.
Time will fly by as you stroll through the stalls of the craft market. You can find everything here: food, pottery, costume jewellery, leather items, wooden toys, and so on. You can buy a wide range of foodstuffs made in the traditional way, from spices and sweets to bread, honey and cheese. At the stalls you can also see how craftsmen and women like potters, blacksmiths and carpenters used to work in bygone times.
Mediaeval festivals and markets can be found in many cities, towns and villages around Spain. Some of the best known are:Medieval Eivissa (Ibiza, Balearic Islands): second weekend in May.Hita Medieval Theatre Festival (Guadalajara): first Saturday in July.Medieval Days of Sigüenza (Guadalajara): second weekend in July.Medieval Market of Puebla de Sanabria (Zamora, Castile and León): weekend closest to 15 August.Medieval Days of Ávila (Castile and León): first weekend in September.Cervantes Week, Alcalá de Henares (Community of Madrid): around 9 October.Medieval Artisan Days, Cornago (La Rioja): around the third weekend in October.Medieval Market of Vic (Barcelona, Catalonia): weekend closest to 8 December.Medieval Market of Córdoba (Andalusia): late January.Medieval Market of Orihuela (Alicante, Valencian Community): early February.
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