bocairentThe Moors and Christians festivities Bocairent in honour of the town’s patron saint, Saint Blai, are celebrated the first weekend of february and given special tourist interest status. A deep-rooted tradition full of colour and popular culture make these the town’s most attractive celebrations. Visitors will be struck by the range and splendour of the traditional costumes, the music, and the gunpowder.

With the “Night of the Drums” (“Nit de les Caixes”) the actual fiestas begin. Hundreds of Bocairentines cloaked in their traditional woollen blankets take to the streets carrying lanterns and beating their drums, announcing the town’s patronage of Saint Blai since 1632.

The Entrance (“Entrada”) of Moors and Christians, second day, brings the fiesta to life. First to enter are the Christians who parade to cheerful sounding pasadobles and once night-time falls the Mores enter to the slow and emotive tunes of Moorish marches.

One of the most emblematic events of the fiesta is the procession on the day of Saint Blai. The entrance in to the Town Hall Square of the saint, his relics and the banner of Saint Blai is particularly stirring, with the bells tolling and everyone shouting in unison: “Vitol al Patró San Blai” (“Long live Saint Blai”), as the lights go out and a shower of confetti rains down on the statue of the saint.

The Embassies (“Les Ambaixades”), the four day, are the representation of when the negotiations for the conquest of the castle between Mores and Christians are acted out. The enormous quantity of gunpowder fired off into the air along the town’s main streets marks this day out as a special one.

The day of the Holy Christ (Santo Cristo) highlighted by go in pilgrimage to the hermitage, making the road to Calvary in a huge string of colors.

Programming

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Muro is preparing to live a new edition of the Carnival. A celebration that is celebrated in Muro since the early twentieth century. It is true that stopped being celebrated during the Franco regime and it was not until the 80s when he recovered, reaching the prominence it has today.

The murero Carnival has become a benchmark in the central regions, counting among the largest in the Valencia region as Pego and Vinaròs. Concentrates a number of local people own and neighboring peoples who are on the street for a costume parade that fills the village fete, music and color.

 



It knows the cultural, industrial, historical and scenic patrimony of its municipalities

”Bringing the heritage of the localities to visitors and neighbors’ is the goal of Around to the Mariola’. The entity, which brings together efforts to promote the tourism resources of the municipalities of the natural park area, will begin, Next week, the spring guided tour program. 
In this edition, the first of 2017, and after the more than 500 people who participated in the cycle of routes of 2016, the towns of Millena, l’Orxa, Gaianes and l’Alquería de Aznar have joined.


They have done so after the association Serra Mariola and the Commonwealth of Municipalities of Alcoià and Comtat have recently signed an agreement to promote the territorial tourism brand Serra Mariola. Agreement that allows them to execute joint actions and include, in these, five new municipalities: Benimarfull and the four already mentioned.

Alfafara will be the first population that will show its rich landscape with a route through its surroundings, until arriving at the peculiar Caves of the Arena. It will be Saturday, April 1st. It will be followed by Agres the following day, April 2, with a guided visit to its most emblematic buildings and a sample of its gastronomy.

In the month of April will be the turn of Cocentaina, Saturday 29, with a review for seven centuries of history: ‘From the Middle Ages to Art Deco’.

Guided tours will continue during the month of May and June. Alcoy will offer a route to show the importance of water in its historic and relevant industrial development (May 6). On the other hand, Millena will premiere showing its local heritage, on May 14, Gaianes will do so with a hiker route on the summit of Benicadell, on May 21, and the Alquería de Aznar, on May 27, with a route through Protected landscape of the river Serpis.

They will be Bocairent, on June 10, Muro de Alcoy, on June 11, l’0rxa, on June 18, and Banyeres de Mariola, on June 24, responsible for concluding  ‘Around to the Mariola’. The first one with a walk through the ‘Medieval Quarter’ and the second with a botanical hiker route to ‘La Font del Baladre’. Finally, the third, bet on a hiking route in the Perputxent Valley and the last by a night out to make known the river Vinalopó and its emblematic mills; Source of industrial wealth in the past.

Visits are free to reserve for the limited character of the places available. The inscription can be made to the adreces electròniques of the tourist offices of Agres, Alcoi, Banyeres de Mariola, Bocairent, Cocentaina i Muro




The municipalities of Agres, Alfafara and Bocairent promote the initiative to produce biomass to take advantage of energetically the forest and agricultural resources generated in the Sierra de Mariola. The project is already being worked from the hostal consistory, Bocairent, by hiring a graduate in Environmental Sciences thanks to the ‘Post’ program of the Diputación de Valencia.

From the Directorate General of Forest Fire Prevention, have shown their support for the initiative and have exposed the possibilities to explore and the available financing channels, in addition to providing the technical advice of the department staff to materialize the project.


Bocairent continues to consolidate itself as a priority destination of Valencian interior tourism with the increase during 2016 in the number of visitors. In this way, the tourist office ended the year with 44,007 people attended, an 11.93% higher than the previous year; Moreover, this figure almost doubles in four years the tourists registered in 2012 (23,883 people).

In 2016, in which the population counted among its attractions with the presence of the Iberian lion in the archaeological museum, concluded with the incorporation of a tour guide and a pawn to maintain patrimonial resources thanks to a subsidy of 8,171.89 euros Of the EMCORP program. Not only that, the newly completed annuity “brought an update of the tourism promotion website (www.bocairent.org) to adapt it to the newest programming languages ​​with a visual result much more attractive and adaptable to any device


La Navidad en los municipios de la Serra de Mariola es sinónimo de tradición, en todas sus vertientes, historia y magia. Es vivir y compartir las fiestas, en familia o con amigos, en un entorno lleno de matices en los que la cultura y gastronomía popular, sus enclaves naturales y su oferta de alojamiento invitan a descubrirla.

Sin duda, dos de los principales actos que diferencian a la Serra de Mariola del resto de rincones de España dos el Belén de Tirisiti y la Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos, ambos en Alcoy, y que cada año atraen a miles de visitantes y curiosos.

El primero es una muestra del teatro de marionetas de pie y varilla, que da cabida tanto a personas y escenas de los Evangelios como a aspectos costumbristas del Alcoy antiguo. Los muñecos, montados sobre varillas verticales, se mueven por el escenario dentro de unas guías practicadas en su base. Declarado Bien Inmaterial de Interés Cultural, en este singular belén figura un sereno, un sacristán, una ventera -Tereseta- y su marido, Tirisiti. Además de otras peculiaridades que lo engrandecen aún más.

Por otra parte, antes de la tradicional y más antigua cabalgata documentada, el Tío Piam, un personaje popular del Alcoy del siglo XIX insta a vecinos y visitantes a que se dirijan a la Font Redona, ante la llegada del “Embajador Real”, que acompañado por antorcheros y pajes, anuncia que los Reyes Magos están próximos. En ese momento, se encienden hogueras de luz en la sierra, frente a la ciudad. El embajador invita a depositar sus cartas a los Reyes Magos en las alforjas que transportan decenas de pequeñas burras que le acompañan en el desfile. Al día siguiente, la noche del 5 de enero, será la cabalgata, declarada de Interés Turístico Nacional. A lomos de dromedarios y camellos, sus Majestades de Oriente irrumpen en la ciudad. Niños y adultos son testigos de la llegada de sus Majestades desde los balcones de las casas. Con escaleras, decenas de pajes vestidos de oscuro, entregan los regalos. El séquito de los Reyes llega a la Plaza de España y los soberanos descienden de sus cabalgaduras y caminan hacia el Nacimiento. El momento de la Adoración al Niño Jesús se adorna con el efecto de las bengalas distribuidas entre el público, y el acto se solemniza con fuegos de artificio y efectos de megafonía con la interpretación del ‘Mesías’ de Haendel.

 

 

 

No tan majestuosas o conocidas, pero también coloridas, son las cabalagatas de Alfafara, Banyeres de Mariola, Muro, Bocairent, Cocentaina y Agres, o el tradicional acto de la ‘burreta’ de Cocentaina y Muro de Alcoy, el domingo anterior a la llegada de Sus Majestades. Los emisarios reales recogen las cartas con los deseos de los niños y no tan niños. Peculiar es también la llegada de los emisarios a Bocairent, que recogen y responden personalmente las misivas de los niños.

Además, este paraje te ofrece u sinfín de opciones para disfrutar de la naturaleza, a través de sus diferentes rutas de senderismo o patrimoniales, en las que podrás conocer las huellas de los primeros pobladores, el legado árabe, la arquitectura de la piedra, del agua, de la nieve, el modernismo, el barroco o el gótico en sus monumentos (castillos, puentes, cascos antiguos, museos).

Cocentaina

Cocentaina

Bocairent

Bocairent

Banyeres

Banyeres

 

Sin dejar de lado, su gastronomía, por supuesto. Los pueblos de la Mariola comparten tradición culinaria y, por tanto, presentan gran uniformidad en sus referencias gastronómicas basadas en dos elementos fundamentales: el reflejo de las hierbas aromáticas de la sierra y el aceite cultivado en sus campos limítrofes.

La “olleta”, los pimientos rellenos de arroz, la “borreta” y la pericana son los platos más comunes en todo el territorio y conjugan la gastronomía valenciana con influencias del interior. Y sin lugar a dudas, te ofrece un amplio abanico de lugares para para alojarse, donde te harán sentirte como en casa. Establecimientos enclavados en un destino de turismo rural ineludible y de paso obligatorio.

Alfafara

Alfafara

Agres

Agres


The guided visits have allowed to know the different patrimony of the municipalities

Around the Mariola” closes the free guided tours of autumn 2016 with the participation of about 350 people. In this edition, attendees have been able to know, first hand, the vultures of the Canyet project in Alcoy, the architectural, environmental and gastronomic heritage of Agres and Alfafara, approaching literature in Banyeres de Mariola, visit the monumental Bocairent, travel in time to Cocentaina or learn the different mushroom search techniques and types there are Muro de Alcoy. The municipal governments of Tourist of the natural park area made a “positive balance” of the initiative. Thus, they noted that it “has been a great opportunity for our neighbourhood to discover the attractions that are nearby” while “our monumental wealth was opened to all tourists from the Land of Valencia and to foreign residents in our coasts”.

Similarly, the Serra Mariola association remarked “the great response received because all available places were completed and, even in some cases, we had to double them for the high demand registered”. This fact “encourages us to prepare a new edition of ‘Around the Mariola

Alcoi route

Alcoi route

Agres route

Agres route

Ruta Banyeres

Ruta Banyeres

Ruta Bocairent

Bocairent route

 

 


vmb01cartell-val“Around the Mariola”, the guided tours programme organized by Serra Mariola Association, returns next Sunday, October 2, with a fourth edition dedicated, again, hiking and cultural heritage. Agres open seven itineraries. Scheduled routes also travel Alcoy, Alfafara, Banyeres, Bocairent, Cocentaina and Muro in the coming weeks, until 27 November. An initiative that, in recent editions, attracted more than 350 participants.

The tours cater to all audiences with low difficulty routes. In all cases, you must first register for free, a record that can be made by email to the address info@serramariola.org, the City of Alfafara or tourist offices of Agres, Alcoy, Bañeres, Bocairente, Cocentaina and Muro.

The first release of “Around to Mariola” will be a walk in the town of Agres, which includes visit inside the parish church, the traditional oil mill and the Sanctuary of the Virgin. At the end there will be a tasting of typical products in the square. The route will start at 10.00 am at the Tourist Office.

The visit program will continue on October 16 with the route of vultures in Alcoy. On Sunday, Alfafara organized the route from the Font de Carbonell to Hermitage Verge de la Llum, with tasting and olive oil tasting Alfafarenca. In November, 6th, will be Banyeres de Mariola who visits begin with a literary route and storytellers. Moreover, Bocairent, on November 13, will provide a cultural itinerary for their points of heritage interest. On November 20, Cocentaina proposes a retrospective tour of art in the city. Mycological route on 27 November in Muro de Alcoy, close the edition of “Around to Mariola” 2016.

Tours are tailored to all people with low and medium difficulty. In all cases, pre-registration is required and free, it can be done by e-mail (info@serramariola.org), in the Town Hall of Alfafara or the tourist offices of Agres, Alcoi, Banyeres de Mariola, Bocairent, Cocentaina or Muro.