One of Spain’s largest Medieval Markets returns to the streets of Orihuela in February after a two-year hiatus
The Medieval Market’s XXIII edition will take place on February 3, 4, and 5. Together with Manuel Ortuo, president of the Association of Moors and Christians “Santas Justa y Rufina,” Councilor for Festivities in the Orihuela City Council, Antonio Sánchez presented the “Orihuela Medieval” program on Wednesday, January 25.
The medieval market is finally returning to Orihuela’s streets after three events were postponed owing to the pandemic, according to Antonio Sánchez, who also mentioned that it will follow the path from the Puerta de la Olma to the Santiago plaza. The mayor described how the market will have 300 food and craft vendors and be open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Additionally, five child-friendly attractions and entertainment zones will be set up at the Rincón Hernandiano, Carmen, Salvador, and Santa Luca squares. Six historical recreation organizations, 25 music, theatre, and animation groups, and others will contribute to the activities.
The Rincón Hernandiano and falconry displays will take place at the Plaza de Santiago. Similarly, there will be donkey and camel booths, and large-scale performances will take place in the Ramón Sijé square. The councillor noted that “an important commitment has been made from the Festivities region for this edition since we want the medieval market of Orihuela to once again be a reference at the national level.”
On February 3, at 12 o’clock, the medieval market will be officially opened by the Municipal Corporation in a parade that starts at the Puerta de la Olma and ends at the Town Hall. The march will follow the same path on Saturday, and at the conclusion, the Armengola will make its customary declaration from the Town Hall balcony.