Semana de la Huerta y el Mar
The Semana de la Huerta y el Mar (International Week of the Garden and the Sea) in Los Alcázares is a celebration that focuses on the Murcian produce and the relationship between the local orchards and the sea – and it all happens this year (2014) between 14th and 23rd August just an hour’s car hire drive from Drivalia’s car rental depot at Alicante Airport. The Murcian traditions that take place throughout the festival are those brought by the “Huertanos” who worked in the orchards throughout the summer and after harvest flocked to the coast for rest and recreation when work was no longer available. Food is served in the “Tapas Gardens” and you can queue at the entrance to each but be sure to make it clear you want to stay and eat to avoid being mistaken for an onlooker. Put your best foot forward and tell someone you’re hungry! For those seeking a taste of local tradition on a budget there are events going on every evening throughout the fiesta, some featuring Flamenco dancing and folk dancing, with entry fees a modest few Euros. The tapas gardens are outstanding and shouldn’t be missed. And supporting the delicious fare on sale all around the park, there are little stalls where you can buy handmade souvenirs to take home. You can find the 2014 Semana de la Huerta y el Mar programme here on the Region de Murcia website. Pastora Soler This year (2014) on the final weekend the highlight of the festival is a performance by Pastora Soler, the highly regarded singing Flamenco star with a contemporary twist. Her concerts are passionate and embrace the true character of modern Spanish Flamenco.
Saturday night at 10.30pm the fun continues with more costumes and folk dancing in the park and a wonderful firework display (no Spanish celebration is complete without one!)
How to Find It
Los Alcazares is around a one hour car hire drive from the Drivalia Car Rental depot at Alicante Airport. Take Exit 786 along the AP7 and follow the N332 into the town. Alternatively, since the AP7 has two toll booths either side of Torrevieja, if you prefer you could follow the N332 all the way from Alicante.
There’s plenty of parking in and around the fiesta areas but as always allow plenty of time before the evening entertainment begins.
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