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Head to Spain and you'll find plenty of local celebrations to enjoy. Here is Monster's run-down of the best Benidorm festivals.

Benidorm festivals

Benidorm has a well-deserved reputation as a party town and there is always something exciting going on. Not only has it been a popular tourist destination with Brits since the 1960s but is also somewhere with a rich cultural heritage of its own. Live music, dancing and comedy are just a few of the acts you can enjoy on discount holidays to Benidorm but there are also a number of local fiestas that are well worth a look. Check out the following Benidorm festivals which are not to be missed.

Three Kings

This event to celebrate Epiphany on the 5th of January kicks off the Benidorm festival calendar in style. This is when Spanish children get their presents so the streets are thronged with excited kids waiting to receive their festive treats. Ornate floats carrying the richly dressed three kings proceed through the town as sweets are thrown to the crowds.

Easter

The month before Lent begins is packed full of parties as Spain goes wild before the time of privation. Once Lent has taken place, it's time for the Semana Santa, or Holy Week. All the local churches hold beautiful services and there are plenty of fascinating and moving processions to enjoy too.

Moors and Christians

Probably the highlight of the Benidorm fiesta calendar, this takes place in the last week of September. It commemorates a time back in 1492 during which the Christians banished the Moors from the Iberian Peninsula. The entire town is decorated with glittering lights and the three day festival is a spectacle, even by Benidorm standards. Music, dancing displays and plenty of fireworks are laid on. Fascinating battle re-enactments, church services and a huge parade of elaborately-costumed participants wending its way through the town are just a few of the unmissable moments of this magnificent fiesta.

Fiesta Week

Benidorm seldom needs an excuse to party and during November the town holds a festival to honour its two patrons, St James and the Virgin of Suffering. A week of competitions in everything from fishing to sports, topped off with processions, church services, open-air theatrical performances, dancing and fireworks on the beach make this a truly memorable event. Whatever time of year you visit, there are a wide range of exciting Benidorm festivals to enjoy.

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