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Fiestas & Traditions in Costa del Azahar

Festivals and tradition of Castellón, Costa del Azahar is based on pilgrimages and festive celebrations full of vitality, fun and gaiety.

The Feast of San Antonio Abad (St. Anthony Abbot), the so-called Santantonà is held in mid-January, which involves the lighting of bonfires, troupes prancing and masquerading as demons, and street enactments of and about the saint’s life, etc. The most spectacular bonfires can be found in the towns of Forcall, Vilanova d’Alcolea, Borriol and Todolella.

The romería de les Canyes is a a pilgrimage to the hermitage of St. Mary Magdalene. The Fallas festival which is a typical celebration found throughout the Valencian Region on the night of 19th March also has its own followers in the Castellón region.

On the last Friday in April, twelve pilgrims and a guide leave the small town of Les Useres and make for the Monastery of Sant Joan de Penyagolosa and some weeks later in Catí, at four in the morning on the first Saturday in May, ancient religious airs are sung, calling on the townsfolk to make the pilgrimage to Sant Pere de Castellfort clothed in flowing black capes.

On the last Sunday in April, another important pilgrimage takes place from Altura to the Virgin of the Holy Cave (Cueva Santa).

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