Medieval instruments


Would you like to travel back in time? Then Spain’s medieval markets are the place for you.

Every year many Spanish towns and villages reenact part of their history and culture during medieval shows, craft and food markets. Local people attempt to recreate the atmosphere, festivities, and delicacies that were once popular during the Middle Ages. From theatrical shows to street performance (falconry, live puppeteers, dances, parades…), firework displays, and even animal rides to keep the children happy, most medieval markets in Spain come complete with battle reenactments and role playing of historical characters. This all tends to take place around historical monuments, such as fortresses or castles, where streets are decorated with standards and banners, and the ground is covered in straw.

Often, the towns commemorate their own story of their liberation from Moorish domination in the Middle Ages, however others have something totally different and unrelated to the Reconquista. For instance, in Catoira they reenact a Viking invasion that occurred a thousand years ago, while in Trasmoz they perform witch hunts!


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8 October 2023



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