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​We're going to visit the famous XATIVA CASTLES and one the most international festivals in the Valencian Community: THE FESTIVAL OF THE MOORS AND CHRISTIANS OF ALCOY

​This is a one day trip full of history, entertainment and excitement

We'll leave early in the morning to go to ​XATIVA ​where we've planned a visit to the famous CASTLE situated in between two summits making it really spectacular and unique.

​With Iberian and Roman origins it used to control the Augusta route during Roman times and was crucial for the famous campaigns of Hannibal, Scipio and Sertorio. ​History lives in its walls ​that still have an Islamic and Gothic structure.

The city of Xativa is the birthplace of
papermaking in Europe. The first paper mill in the city was founded in the 12th century, when Xàtiva was part of the Arab Caliphate in Spain.

However, the city was founded in earlier times. Xativa is mentioned in the Roman chronicles, and even the Roman poet Ovid mentions the city in his works. Medieval Xativa was the birthplace of two Popes and the famous painter Jose Ribera.
During the Spanish War of Succession Xativa, by order of King Philip V of Spain was burned because the the city was on his rivals side. Felipe also ordered the renaming of Xàtiva in San Felipe. Residents of the city have not forgotten these actions of the king. So nowadays in the city museum the portrait of the Spanish monarch hangs upside down.

One of the main attractions is the Xàtiva Castle, located on the ancient Via Augusto. The medieval castle of Xàtiva was considered one of the strongest in Spain. The conqueror King Jaime I spent almost half a year making the fortress.
At the same time, the castle of Xativa served as the main prison of the kingdom of Aragon,where behind its walls there were more than noble prisoners.

Inside the castle you can see the chuch which was constructed in 1414 and the council building which was built in Roman times. Also, in the interior of the castle you can see some houses from the Arabic period.

After visiting the Xativa castle we'll travel to ALCOY ​the city where this ​Saturday will celebrate its famous festivities which are international.

​The festivities of the Moors and Christians

​Every year, Alcoy which is in the province of Alicante is adorned as if its the Middle Ages to prepare for their festival.
There is a spectacular parade of Moors and Christians: the members of the
various groups that make up each of theparade groups that walk through the streets of Alcoy
wearing majestic and fancy clothes.

​Around 5,000 people participate in this mass act.

        ​Various events are held in honor of St. Jorge and they reinact the great battle in the castle thats installed in the plaza de Espana which is a symbol of the city.

​The Muslim troops try to approach so that the Christians try to surrender, but this is not what happens and a fight breaks out that ends with the occupation of the fortress by the Arabs.

        ​In the afternoon the Christian army returns to reconquer the castle and after unsuccessful negogiations or surrender of the Arabs the final battle starts where the Moors are defeated.

​In the evening of the third day of the festival, the the appearance of San Jorge ends three days of festivities until the following year.