These fiestas can be traced back as far as March 1740 when legend has it that a ship was washed up on the local shore during a terrible storm.
Not knowing where the ship had come from some of the local townsfolk decided to burn it so as to aleviate any danger of it being the source of an outbreak of any infectious diseases.
In the ashes that remained they saw an image, the Virgin which they took to the church where a small chapel was built in her honour.
A reenactment of this episode is staged every year on Playa de Poniente as part of the celebrations.
The reason that the Benidorm fiestas are in November rather than March are because otherwise the fishermen who were out at sea catching tuna wouldn’t have been able to attend, so they were delayed until they returned from what was known as the ‘Almadraba’ in November.
But now Benidorm is a Tourist destination and this no longer applies.
Whilst the fiestas officially end with the Wednesday night fireworks display it is the unofficial Thursday that unites many of Benidorm’s British residents with visiting holidaymakers.
The day is dedicated to a full day party in fancy dress that takes places all around the resort’s popular bars.
Make sure to bring some fancy dress with you and don’t plan on travelling home on the Friday!
Benidorm Fiesta 2018 week is a very popular time to visit the Benidorm and late deals aren’t easy to come by.
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