Finestrat fiestas: the “correfoc”

The correfoc was cancelled last year due to cutbacks in expenditure on the local fiestas, but it is the highpoint of the celebrations for many people and it was reintroduced again this year.

The correfoc (Valenciano meaning “fire run”) is a fast walk through Finestrat at night, led by a band of drummers and shawn players, with fireworks exploding all around the streets and manic fire carriers running through the crowds setting off catherine wheels of fire, shooting cascades of sparks into the throng, and generally behaving dangerously. It is not for the fainthearted or those inclined towards health and safety…

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About Gareth Thomas

After a mixed career as an aircraft technician, London fringe theatre playwright, Franciscan friar, and secondary school teacher, I find myself dividing my time mostly between looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca and preparing a legal case against the corrupt management of my monstrous last employer - the Elians group - for unfair dismissal. I like to hear the wind in the pine trees. I do not like struggling to get a duvet into a duvet cover. My musical tastes are extinct and I have mostly given up cycle racing.
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