• Sat. Nov 26th, 2022

July 8, 9 and 10 La Nucía returns to the Middle Ages

ByMary M. Ward

Jun 26, 2022

On the second weekend of July, the old town of La Nucía will be transformed for the 15th time into a lively medieval market. Amata – the organizing association – has hired several groups and artists to animate the event with a medieval encampment, fencing and archery, dances, medieval characters, live music and demonstrations of ‘Arts and crafts.

The square in front of the Town Hall and the streets behind will be filled with stalls offering a wide variety of good quality arts and crafts: ceramics, shoes, bags and belts, designer jewellery, carved and turned wood, soaps and cosmetics naturals, candles and much more. Some artisans demonstrate their skills on their stalls and even invite you to participate, for example by making a clay bowl on the potter’s wheel.

In the gastronomic corner you will find food stalls: cheeses and sausages according to the traditional recipe, nuts, bread and sweets, as well as a medieval tavern, an octopus stall, a creperie and an oriental tea tent with Arabic cuisine typical.

To complete the medieval atmosphere, you can come face to face with troubadours, a storyteller, a belly dancer, stilt walkers, pages and other medieval characters in any street or corner of the market. There will be demonstrations and workshops on medieval fencing and archery, and the market ends every evening with a fire show. For children, there will be medieval board games, pottery workshops and a medieval merry-go-round.

Councilman Cristóbal Lloréns, again entrusted the organization of the event to Amata (Association for the Improvement of Traditional and Contemporary Crafts), which, as its name suggests, is dedicated to promoting the ‘Arts and crafts.

La Nucía returns to the Middle Ages

They guarantee that everything you can see in the market is handmade by the participants themselves. Over the years, Amata has struck a pleasant balance between quirky arts and crafts and lively entertainment.

The Market is located in the oldest part of the town, between the Town Hall and the old village washhouse and opens on Friday 8, Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 July from 6 p.m. to midnight (or later…). There is ample parking (free) in the Auditorio de les Nits car park, 100 meters from the market, and in a large open-air car park, just behind the old town. For more information you can call 639 979 678, and the program with photos of the last medieval market (before Covid!) is at https://www.amata.es/programalanucia.html.