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Forthcoming Events

By Keith Nicol

March offers up a number of fun activities including St. Patrick’s Day, the San Jose Red Day or Father’s Day and of course, the start of the Easter activities and procession. Being a Leap Year you also have an extra day to enjoy and don’t forget ladies, if he hasn’t popped the question yet, and he should have, take the initiative and propose to him on February 29th, the Leap Year Day, the day in which traditionally you an propose to your man.

Pilar de la Horadada’s City Department for Tourism presents the new VI Culinary Easter Fest 2016 (Jornadas Gastronómicas de Semana Santa), an initiative aimed to diversify, enrich and complement a visit to the town as well as to support its restaurants. The so-called “Sabores de Cuaresma” (Lent flavours) takes place on Fridays or any other day if you make a previous booking. Price: 20€ per person that also includes bread, coffee and a drink. Further information at: Tourist office, Plaza Campoamor, 2, Pilar de la Horadada. Telephone: 966 767 068. Email: or visit their website:

On March 17th, there are really only two types of people: those who are Irish and those who wish they were, but no worries if you were not born on the Emerald Isle as everyone is welcome to join in the fun and be green for the day. Cabo Roig is turning green for St. Patrick’s Day, 17th March and hosting a fabulous parade and party to celebrate Ireland’s national saint. Last year’s parade was the largest in Spain. The strip will turn into a sea of green for the day, with all the bars and restaurants offering all

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things Irish including food, drink, music and hospitality together with face painting, street magicians, bouncy castles, dancers, music and a display of classic and specialist cars and bikes, along with St. Patrick himself. This will be a fun day with something for all the family with loads of prizes and giveaways. The parade will commence between Slievenamon and Bog Road and proceed past the Trinity and Rianxeria onto Calle Cielo passing Bar Liquid and Flanagans ending at Cabo Roig roundabout. For more information or to take part contact Jim: 639 975 210 or Richie: 637 490 937.

Torrevieja is just one of the local cities that celebrate the Easter Processions with style. The event is classified as of National Interest and is supported by the Costa Blanca Tourism Board. The main parades take place on Monday 21st, starting at 10pm and on Good Friday starting at 8pm, although there are parades and activities every day.

Once again the 100+ members of the ‘International Cofradia Of Jesus In The Garden Of Olives’ will be taking part. This prestigious group has been followed by the media across the Spanish speaking world and has been much admired and respected by most of its Spanish counterparts since its inception in 2005. With thousands of Spanish and many other nationalities filling the streets of Torrevieja for these splendid processions the atmosphere is something to behold for those who are lucky enough to be a part of this moving Spanish tradition. For more details


if you’d like to volunteer your husband to take part, email:; Tel: 654 634 575.

For something a little different, especially for you twitchers out there, in the South of Alicante province there are very interesting nature reserves worth paying a visit. You can visit the La Mata Lakes and enjoy a day out or possibly head inland and take part in a day tour, where you can search for birds at El Hondo de Elche, which is one of the best birdwatching places in East Spain. During the breeding season an important population of Squacco, Night and Purple Heron, and Little Bittern can be found here along with other interesting species such as: Glossy Ibis, Roller, Bee-eater, Short-toed and Lesser Short-toed Lark, Bearded and Penduline tit, Cetti’s, Fan-tailed and Mustached Warbler, Woodchat Shrike, Marbled and White-headed Duck and a large number of Flamingos. During the migrations many waders such as Green, Little and Wood Sandpipers, along with Black Tern and Garganey can be observed in el Hondo de Elche. In winter El Hondo de Elche is very good for raptors such as Booted Eagle, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Hen Harrier, Marsh Harrier and Spotted Eagle which have become very regular. Bluethroat, Cranes and Craig Martin are also often seen in winter. The tour also takes you in the afternoon to visit the Salinas de Santa Pola. The area is a good

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