Donkeys at Cocentaina market

No, not my donkeys! Today I went to the famous regional agricultural market at Cocentaina which has been continuously going since the 14th century. It had a deliberately medieval flavour, with jousting knights and medieval style craft stalls. The centre of attractions for me was the animal fair. It was there that I was hoping to go last year to look for donkeys, but fate intervened when a car hire firm wanted to charge me a ridiculous price for the car I had booked, so I cancelled the trip. Later I learned that a market is not a good place to buy animals. Had I gone last year and had I seen this lovely donkey that I saw today, I would have bought her.

There were about a dozen donkeys of various shapes and sizes, including the pretty little piebald foal, not more than two weeks old, together with its mother who stood placidly being petted by the crowds but clearly unhappy away from their home. I believe all the animals looked well cared for and well fed. They were penned in adequate temporary pens with clean straw. I think the current animal rights legislation in Spain ensures that dealers are very careful how animals are presented in public.

The Cocentaina fair is held on All Saints’ Day every year and the link to the fair is provided by the Cocentaina Ajuntament website here.


About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I like to listen to BBC Radio 4 and the wind in the pine trees. I am writing a comedy about a school in Benidorm. My favourite film of all time is "Jean de Florette". If I had my time again I would not have spent the early 1970s working for Special Branch.
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