It is an undeniable fact that Spanish people like parties. That’s why it’s no wonder that fairs and celebrations are already being celebrated as soon as Christmas is over. From the 11th to the 27th of January, the small town of Benisa, in Alicante, hosts its popular Fira i Porrat of San Antoni, declared a Festival of Local Tourist Interest. Among its many attractions are many cultural and sports activities, livestock fairs, fairgrounds, animal blessings, big bonfires, dances, paellas and even a medieval market.
The traditional medieval market will open its doors from January 25th to 27th, closing the festivities at 22:00. During these three days the historic center will be filled with colors and visitors. More than 40 stalls will be installed for artisans to display their best products, while workshops, performances, puppet theaters, thematic exhibitions and music parades set in medieval times will be hosted. Gastronomy also has an important role in the celebrations, since you can taste various typical dishes in the stalls. You can also visit the livestock fair, try archery, visit museums and watch documentaries, as well as enjoy the birds of prey, go to the meeting of philately and numismatics collectors and see the meeting of “rondallas”, a set of plucked strings instruments.
You can consult the complete program of the Fira i Porrat of San Antoni on the Benisa website. You will find the medieval market between Rey Jaime I Square, Esglesia Vella Square, Portal Square and Purísima Street, Francisco Sendra Street, Angel Street and Sant Antoni Street, in the old town of Benisa.