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Moors and Christians Festival Javea


Beginning on Saturday at 20'45 hours, the fiesta will be announced in the Port with rockets firing and the ornamental lights being switched on. Shortly afterwards you can enjoy a parade through the streets of the port as they to pick up their kabilas and groups who will take to the stage installed on Avenida Jaume I at 22.00 to show off their costumes and their standards .


History of the Moors and Christians

Almost 800 years of coexistence between Muslims and Christians gives a lot of substance for the festival of Moors and Christians. You can participate in this historical play almost every month in some town or village of the Spanish Mediterranean coast.

There is hardly a castle without a role in the struggle for supremacy over Al-Andalus, an Arabic name for the land ruled by Muslims in 711-1492. In its widest it covered modern Spain, except for Asturias, most of Portugal and the southern part of France.

Fights between Moors and Christians lasted almost 800 years

In some towns the stage performance goes on for days, featuring the most important phases of local history. The scenes of many battles, schemes and alliances take place in town squares, castles, harbours etc.

Most of the plays start from the reconquest, the process by which Christians reconquered the Iberian peninsula. Depending on the town, the closing scene of the play involves the conversion of Moors to Christianity or their expulsion to Africa.



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Javea's Beaches Ready for High Season

Javea’s beaches welcome the summer with all its services and surveillance at full capacity. Today the mayor, José Chulvi, and the councillors for Tourism, Pilar Zamora, Environment, Doris Courcelles, and Services, Kika Mata, hoisted the blue flag on the Arenal beach.

Today the protection of the beaches provided by the Red Cross is working at full capacity, with a staff of 45 professionals, including lifeguards and health emergencies technicians. The schedule will be 11.00 to 19.00 hours on the beaches of La Grava, Granadella, Portitxol and Benisero, and 10.00-20.00 hours on the Arenal, the busiest bathing area and this year there is a new bathing system with a chair located on the south side of the beach.

This beach has also launched a bathing service thanks to Red Cross volunteers. The president of the organisation, José Luis Domenech, explained that there are now three amphibious chairs that allow people with reduced mobility to enjoy the sea. Those interested in enjoying this service can apply by phone at the local headquarters (965791961) and will be collected from their own homes by volunteers with a suitable vehicle, to take them to the beach to enjoy a swim and then accompany them to their home.

There is a new defibrillator, on the Portitxol beach to quickly address any cardiac crisis.

In addition to the security measures, the beaches of Xàbia also provide attractions, with parasols and play platforms on the Arenal, Grava and Granadella.

Spanish Property Sales on the Increase

In last week’s Spanish property news, summer has arrived and, as temperatures start to soar into the 30s, house sales have been rising too.

The latest figures from Spain’s network of notary offices reveals that the number of property sales in April is up by nearly two percent.

Their data shows that the low point in transactions took place at the start of 2013 and, since then, a sometimes erratic but sustained growth in the overall number of transactions has been experienced.

The notaries believe that the market is now at a crossover point, with the demand for land, housing and mortgages increasing steadily, in response to cheaper prices and an improvement in the economy.

The most significant economic improvement being a rise in employment – Spain has benefitted from the third largest increase in workers in the eurozone so far this year.

With interest rates at a historic low, the average Spanish household is reported to have a financial burden of around 22 percent of their income. It's a highly sustainable figure, which makes owning a home in Spain cheaper than renting, as well as helping to reduce mortgage defaults.
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Cansalades Park (popularly known as Pinosol) now offers children a new playground. The space, which has been completely restructured in accordance with the requests of the Consell dels Xiquets (Children’s Council), has a large central structure with slides and play elements and games for younger children, benches are provided for resting.

On Wednesday afternoon, the Town Council inaugurated the area; the improvements made during recent months and were funded by the Alicante Provincial government. As the mayor, José Chulvi explained, this project has been especially exciting because it has emerged from the Consell dels Xiquets, the participatory body involving children from all the schools in the town. It has now become a reality like the other requests which have been fulfilled such as the skate park and the children’s safe school routes which are currently being developed.
With this new playground the Pinosol Park now offers a completely new image as an area for families to enjoy casual outdoor celebrations. In addition to the games and picnic areas there is a barbecue area (whose use is allowed only when there is no risk of fire) and a kiosk with a bar.

The opening ceremony was attended by the councillors for the departments involved including Citizen Participation, the former councillor Cesc Camprubí and his successor Montse Villaverde, and Doris Courcelles, the councillor for parks and gardens.