FEAST OF SAN LORENZO – CASTELL DE L’OLLA ALTEA
It’s a well acknowledged fact that the Spanish simply LURVE their pyrotechnics, and never more so than when celebrating one of more of their religious festivals.
The setting for the most recent event sending ripples all the way through the fireworks industry was held on Saturday evening (13th August). Crowds numbering upwards of 50,000 were gathered on the Passeo at Altea, ready to be thoroughly entertained by the fabulous professional team from Valencia; Ricardo Caballer Ricassa Pirotecnia.
The Summer Nights of Light event this year was a 30th anniversary of the running of the event and as such, was bigger than ever. They are thought to have spent in the region of €70,000.00 on the fireworks. The 23 minutes of fireworks were under the tutelage of the unstoppable Ricardo Caballer Ricasa Pirotecnia, local experts who have been providing excellent displays across the globe since 1881.
Held annually for the last 30 years, the display takes place on the beach in the beautiful picturesque town of Altea on the Costa Blanca. From perfect flower lined cobbled streets and quaint white-washed buildings, to superb eateries, it is a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and watch the world go by nestled in a little bay in Altea which has been named as the Cultural Capital of the Valencian region. Shops, craft galleries and bars on the seafront offering very inexpensive Tapas, this is the place to be.
The pounding cadence of the fireworks must have been absolutely astonishing. Check it out: