The month of October is when Calpe holds an event that people have been looking forward to all year: bands of music, the raising of standards in the Castle, the offering, the disembarkation or the great Parade are the highlights of the traditional Moors and Christians festivities in honour of the "Santísimo Cristo del Sudor" (the Most Holy Christ of Sweat).
Bous a la mar: ¿Juegas a ser torero?
The quintessential party of the town of Dénia, which has now been adopted by other nearby towns in the Valencia region. The fact is that the bullfighting tradition and the Mediterranean Sea make the perfect match in the summertime.
In the month of July Dénia stages the festival of its patron saint, which is when the port area is the venue over the course of several days for the famous "Bous a la Mar".
The event has been staged for more than 100 years, with the local youth creating a real spectacle as they attempt to drive the bulls into the water, although they are not allowed to push or touch them, a far from simple task, with the lads are trying their hardest to drive the bulls into the water where a boat awaits to return them to the ring set up at the port.
The ring has spaces for a large crowd in the upper part, with barriers and a properly arranged space below to ensure that their are no problems with crushing as the bull passes by.
Those who are lucky enough will have the chance to see the show from the water, on-board one of the boats which offer wonderful views of the square, with the town of Dénia in the background.
A highly traditional festival which is not to be missed if holidaying in Dénia.
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Around either the 14th of July (Our Lady of Mount Carmel) or the 29th of June, Saint Peter's Day - the date of the celebration changes each year to coincide with the day of the Virgin or that of the Apostle - the traditional Alicante-style seafaring festivities are held in honour of Saint Peter (San Pere) and the Mother of God (Mare de Déu del Carme).
Calpe's "Casa de Andalucía" has organized this regional fair in classic Andalusian style since 1966. For a full week in mid-July, riding and dressage, sound and light shows, musical performances and dance groups brighten up the summer evenings with the most popular traditions and customs from the South of Spain.