Benidorm November Fiestas


November 08, 2019

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Benidorm November Fiestas

Every November, Benidorm celebrate’s its Fiestas Mayores Patronales in honour of the Virgen del Sufragio and San Jaime. 

From the second Saturday in November until the following Wednesday, there are five festive days of intense activity. The most notable events are: the enactment of the discovery of the Virgin, the flower offering, the parade of humor, the parade of floats and a large fireworks display that takes place on Wednesday, last day of the fiesta.

The festivities date back to March 1740 when a boat appeared on the Benidorm coast dragged in by a violent storm. The boat was burnt to prevent epidemics; however some local boys found the image of the Virgin in the rubble and took her to the church where later they built a chapel. This story is staged each year on the Poniente beach on Saturday about five in the afternoon.

These autumn festivals have been a key tourist attraction over the years. They are so well known that many Britons book their visit to coincide with the festivities because they know they have such a good time.  November is therefore a key calendar date in the year, a month where it is still almost high season.

Fiestas in Honour of the Virgin of Sufragio and Saint James

MAJOR FIESTAS PROGRAMME 2019
FRIDAY 8TH NOVEMBER
18:00 LIGHTING OF THE ARTISTIC ILLUMINATION, by our Queens, at Martínez Alejos avenue and Opening of the “Porrat” (street market) at Emilio Ortuño avenue.
19:00 INAUGURATION OF THE FAIRGROUND, near the Bullring. Children´s day: special prices.
21:00 “PEÑAS” INFORMAL PARADE. Meeting of the “Peñas” at Ruzafa street. Parade around the streets Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos.
SATURDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
10:00 MASS, at the Church of San Jaime, in honour to the Virgin of the Suffrage, sung by “La Barqueta” and the Church Choir.
11:45 OPENING OF THE DOORS AT SAINT JAMES AND SAINT ANNE´S CHURCH, to sing the
VERSES IN HONOUR TO THE VIRGIN.
12:00 ANGELUS AND BELL RINGING and spectacular AIR BOMBING, by the pyrotechnics company RICASA, from Plaza de la Señoría, to announce that…
12:15 BRASS BANDS PARADE, starting from Plaza de San Jaime to finish at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España (Town Hall). Itinerary: Mayor, Alameda de D. Pedro Zaragoza, Herrerías and Plaza deSS.MM. Reyes de España.
13:00 GATHERING OF BRASS BANDS, at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España, to perform the piece "FIESTA IN BENIDORM". Afterwards, COLOURFUL AIR BOMBING, by the pyrotechnics company
RICASA.
17:00 At Poniente Beach, THEATRICAL PERFORMANCE OF THE FOUNDING OF THE VIRGIN, by the theatre group of “La Barqueta”. Afterwards, SALVOES OF HONOR, by the pyrotechnics company
RICASA, to announce the Founding of our patron saint, the Virgin of the Suffrage.
18:30 SOLEMN PROCESSION, leaving from Parque de Elche (Harbour) through the following streets: Paseo de la Carretera, Alameda D. Pedro Zaragoza, Mayor street and Plaza de San Jaime. When the procession gets to the church, there will be a FLOWER OFFERING TO THE VIRGIN, followed by the ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE FIESTAS. Afterwards, the Anthems of Benidorm and the Region of
Valencia will be sung, to end with a SUPERB FIREWORK DISPLAY, at Plaza Castelar, done by the pyrotechnics company RICASA
22:00 Dance and entertainment for everyone, done by “LOCOS POR BAILAR”, at Huerto de Colón (Tomás Ortuño street).
23:00 Performance of “ORQUESTA SHAKARA” at Huerto de Colón.
23:00 Performance of “ORQUESTA LOS HAPPYS”, at Gambo street.
23:00 GREAT SHOW, at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España, of local bands: “LOCOS DE ATAR”, “DIRTY BONES, “ZAREY (Reggaeton) & VARIANCE DANCE STUDIO” and “ROAD VOLTA”.
23:30 Informal parade of the brass bands “ Ateneu de la Vila” and “La Pericana”, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER: VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE´S DAY
11:00 until 14:00 HUGE CHILDREN PLAYPARK at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
11:30 SOLEMN MASS IN HONOUR OF OUR PATRON SAINT, THE VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE, at the Church of Saint James and Saint Anne, sung by the “Polifónica de Polop Antonio Berenguer”.
Afterwards, AIR BOMBING and PARADE, around the streets of the Old Town.
14:00 MARVELLOUS PYRO-DIGITAL “MASCLETA” (super big banger) at avenue Jaime I (Poniente Beach), done by pyrotechnics company RICASA. The “Destilería Tenis” will do a tasting of “Anís Tenis”, until they run out of stock.
17:00 Kid´s “Batukada” (band of instruments of percussion that plays African-Brazilian music), by MARAKATA PERCUSIÓN, starting from Casa del Fester (C/ La Biga). Afterwards, there will be chocolate for all the kids at Casa del Fester.
17:00 Children´s wandering theatre “AVENTURA PREHISTÓRICA” starting at Huerto de Colón (Tomás Ortuño street). Afterwards, there will be chocolate for all the kids, thanks to “Chocolates Marcos Tonda”, at Huerto de Colón.
19:30 SOLEMN PROCESSION IN HONOUR TO THE VIRGIN OF THE SUFFRAGE. Itinerary: Mayor street, Alameda de D. Pedro Zaragoza, Los Ángeles, Metge Pérez Martorell, Martínez Alejos, Paseo de la Carretera, Santa Faz, Mal Pas and Plaza de San Jaime. Afterwards, traditional “ESTAMPETA” in honour to the Virgin of the Suffrage, at Plaza de San Jaime.
22:30 Performance of the “ORQUESTA SECRETS”, at Huerto de Colón (Tomás Ortuño street).
23:00 Performance of the marvellous “ORQUESTA TREGUA”, at Gambo street.
23:00 The traditional “COPLETES” will be sung to the Virgin of the Suffrage, at Plaza de San Jaime.
23:30 Informal parade of the brass bands “Bataclán” and “La Pericana”, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
00:00 Concert of the famous music band “LA UNIÓN”, at Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
MONDAY 11TH NOVEMBER: SAINT JAMES´ DAY

07:30 CHOCOLATE FOR EVERYONE, thanks to “CHOCOLATES MARCOS TONDA” (Villajoyosa), at Casa del Fester (C/ La Biga).
08:00 “DESPERTÀ” (awakening by the sound of firecrackers), starting from Casa del Fester (C/ La Biga),around the Old Town. And from now on…¡EVERY MORNING!
11:00 until 14:00 HUGHE CHILDREN PLAYPARK at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España.
11:30 At the Church of San Jaime, SOLEMN MASS IN HONOUR TO SAINT JAMES, sung by the “Polifónica de Polop Antonio Berenguer”. Afterwards, AIR BOMBING and PARADE, around the streets of
the Old Town.
14:00 GREAT PYRO-DIGITAL MASCLETA (super big firecrackers), at avenue Jaime I (Poniente Beach),done by pyrotechnics company RICASA.
17:00 Children´s wandering theatre “AVENTURA PREHISTÓRICA” starting at Casa del Fester (La Biga
street). Afterwards, there will be chocolate for all the kids, thanks to “Chocolates Marcos Tonda”, at Huerto de Colón.
19:00 SOLEMN PROCESSION IN HONOUR TO SAINT JAMES by the streets: Mayor, Alameda D. Pedro Zaragoza, Paseo de la Carretera, Santa Faz and Plaza San Jaime. Afterwards, traditional
“ESTAMPETA”, in honour to Saint James. Inside the temple, the names of the members of the organizing committee (“Mayorales”) of the Fiestas 2020 will be revealed.
23:15 Informal parade of the brass bands “Bataclán” and “La Pericana”, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM. Reyes de España.
23:30 CHARITY CONCERT organised by “LOS 40 BENIDORM POP”, at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España, with the performance of many famous recording artists: Dani Fernández, Alba Reche, Ana Mena, Pol Granch, Xuso Jones Unique , Lemot, Maybe, Safree, Chico Malo, Samuel, Miki and Nil Moliner. Afterwards, spectacular “CORREFOCS” (moving fire and sound show), by COLLA DE
DIMONIS POLOPINS, leaving from Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España and through the streets: Hondo, Tomás Ortuño, La Biga, Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos to end at Gambo street.
TUESDAY 12TH NOVEMBER
10:30 SOLEMN REQUIEM MASS, at San Jaime Church, sung by the Choir of the Church. Afterwards, OFFERING OF FLOWER GARLANDS to the Dead in the Sea, at Plaza de la Señoría,
followed by a visit to the cemeteries.
11:00 until 14:00 HUGE CHILDREN PLAYPARK at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España.
14:00 HUGE MASCLETÀ, at avenue Jaime I (Poniente Beach), done by pyrotechnics company RICASA.
17:00 Children´s wandering theatre, starting at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España and ending at Plaza Triangular.
19:00 FUNNY COSTUMES PARADE. Itinerary: Venus, Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos.
00:00 WONDERFUL NOCTURNAL PYRO-DIGITAL MASCLETÁ (fireworks and bangers), done by the pyrotechnics company RICASA.
00:30 TRIBUTE CONCERT (MECANO, QUEEN and BRUNO MARS), at Plaza de SS. MM. los Reyes de España.
WEDNESDAY 13TH NOVEMBER
11:30 “FESTA DE LES FESTES”. Informal parade of the different Fiestas Commitees, departing from Tomás Ortuño street / Pino street. Itinerary: Tomás Ortuño, La Biga, Ruzafa, Herrerías and Plaza de SS. MM Los Reyes de España.
13:00 CHILDREN´S “MASCLETÁ”and CANDY FIRECRACKERS at Plaza SS. MM. Reyes de España.
18:00 FLOAT PARADE through the following streets: Parque de Elche, Almendros, Marte, Venus, Ruzafa and Martínez Alejos. Afterwards, MARVELLOUS FIREWORK DISPLAY at Poniente Beach (Harbour), done by the pyrotechnics company RICASA.
¡MERRY FIESTAS FOR EVERYONE!
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