Moors and Christians – Setenil de las Bodegas

Much of Spain has its own story to tell of the Moors and Christians and in case you don’t know what happened, here is a quick history lesson to get you up to speed! The 8th century through to the 15th is known as the Reconquest. During this time Islamic Arabs and Moors of Berber descent from North Africa conquered large areas of Spain until the fall of their kingdom to the Christians in 1492. This period lasted a long time, around 780 years, and was hugely influential on Spanish culture. It can still be seen today in the architecture of many Andalusian towns, such as in the ornamental arches of the Alhambra in Granada or the Great Mosque of Cordoba with its colossal structure and intricate mosaics.   

Each year many towns across Spain organise a festival of the Moors and Christians, recreating an important moment in their heritage. Setenil de las Bodegas is a unique white town of Cadiz built into cliff caves north west of Ronda. The town will host its own Moors and Christians festival on the 12th of October. The festival will stage a recreation of the 1484 conquest where Christian Monarchs conquered the Nasrid fortress of the Moors. 

The narrative is told over three days of performances, including parades through the streets of the town and mock battles. The town is a perfect traditional backdrop to immerse yourself into the dramatic events that unfolded. Expect the streets to be filled with actors, residents and visitors all dress up in historical attire. Even the horses get decorated for the occasion in Christian or Moorish style!

Of course, in classic Andalusian style there will be music, dancing and food galore. The festival features concerts of Spanish and Arabic influence, flamenco performances and local cuisine. Setenil de las Bodegas fills with a celebratory spirit, a wonderful way to get involved and absorb the culture of the town, both past and present. \”,\”user-agent\”:\”Mozilla/5.0 (iPad; CPU OS 9_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/601.1.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/9.0 Mobile/13B143 Safari/601.1\”,\”capabilities\”:[\”touch\”,\”mobile\”],\”screen\”:{\”device-pixel-ratio\”:2,\”vertical\”:{\”width\”:768,\”height\”:1024},\”horizontal\”:{\”width\”:1024,\”height\”:768}},\”modes\”:[{\”title\”:\”default\”,\”orientation\”:\”vertical\”,\”insets\”:{\”left\”:0,\”top\”:0,\”right\”:0,\”bottom\”:0}},{\”title\”:\”default\”,\”orientation\”:\”horizontal\”,\”insets\”:{\”left\”:0,\”top\”:0,\”right\”:0,\”bottom\”:0}}],\”show-by-default\”:true,\”show\”:\”Default\”}]”}},”distribution”:{“make_chrome_default_for_user”:true},”download”:{“directory_upgrade”:true},”extensions”:{“alerts”:{“initialized”:true},”autoupdate”:{“last_check”:”13213266672739125″,”next_check”:”13213285915758125″},”chrome_url_overrides”:{“bookmarks”:[{“active”:true,”entry”:”chrome-extension://eemcgdkfndhakfknompkggombfjjjeno/main.html”}]},”install_signature”:{“expire_date”:”2018-09-05″,”ids”:[“aapocclcgogkmnckokdopfmhonfmgoek”,”aohghmighlieiainnegkcijnfilokake”,”felcaaldnbdncclmgdcncolpebgiejap”,”ghbmnnjooekpmoecnnnilnnbdlolhk