Festivities of San Clemente in Lorca

Festivities of San Clemente in Lorca
It celebrates: From 11th November to 23rd November
Place: Lorca (Murcia)
Category: Representation
Popularity: (***) 3/5
Ideal for children
Organize: Federation of San Clemente
Known start date: There is evidence that celebrations in honour of San Clemente were already taking place in the 15th century.
Figure of protection: Festivity of Regional Tourist Interest (Since 1995). It was incorporated into the festivities of the Jewish group in 2007.
Children's ActivitiesFree TastingsRegional Tourist InterestMoors and ChristiansPatron saint
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In mid-November, the Fiestas de San Clemente begin, a few days full of religious activities and acts of celebration in honour of San Clemente, the Patron Saint of Lorca, as well as medieval markets, gastronomic tastings, parades and activities for the youngest members of the family.

What do Lorca's patron saint festivities consist of?

The festivities begin about ten days before 23 November, during which time processions and masses are held in honour of San Clemente, accompanied by parades and processions.

There are also other activities such as a medieval market, a night of candles, in which everyone can participate with candles, torches or candles, to make a pilgrimage to the castle.

On the 23rd of November, the city carries out a representation of the dispute that existed between the Christian hosts and the Muslim cabilas with respect to the territory, for this reason it is also known as the Moors and Christians Festival of Lorca.

Origin of the Patron Saint Fiestas in honour of San Clemente in Lorca

There is little information regarding the origin of these festivities. Some say that the city was reconquered by the Christians by capitulation on 23 November 1244. Others say that the reconquest was because the Christians won over the Moors, after heavy fighting.

In any case, the reconquest of the city by the Christians is celebrated on 23 November.

What else is there to see in Lorca?

Attending Lorca's patron saint festivities in honour of San Clemente is a great opportunity to discover this wonderful land, its natural surroundings and its historical and archaeological heritage. We recommend a few visits not to be missed:

  • Lorca Castle.
  • MuBBla Museum of El Paso Embroidery.
  • Guevara Palace.
  • Cejo de los Enamorados Path.

Gastronomy you can enjoy in Lorca

If you like gastronomy, in Lorca you will find recipes for very typical stews and irresistible sweets that you can't miss if you go to the patron saint's fiestas of San Clemente. Look how good these dishes look:

Olla fresca: a stew based on rice and beans.
Jallullo: a country dish famous for its simplicity, made with sausages and pork.
Crespillos: absolutely irresistible paprika crackers.
Chochos: a peeled hazelnut covered with a very hard sugar glaze.

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