Back to the Future: An Evening at the Medieval Market

medieval market  in torrox pueblo

During the past weekend, a Medieval-themed market took over the main square of the white village of Torrox in the heart of the Axarquía region.  Organized by the Ayuntamiento (town hall), there was lots of medieval bunting to transport you back to the 15th century, with suitably dressed character actors to set the mood.

Jester on stilts entertains at the medieval market in Torrox pueblo

Jester at the medieval market in Torrox pueblo

Character actors at the medieval market in Torrox pueblo

Character actor at the medieval market in Torrox pueblo

There were various stalls selling crafts, jewellery,  cheeses, traditional craftwork in metal and wood, as well as lots of food.

Cheeses for sale at the medieval market in Torrox pueblo

One of the stalls at the medieval market in Torrox pueblo

Huge wooden chess tables had been set up for anyone to enjoy a game of chess in the evening sunshine.

Child plays on wooden chess table at medieval market in Torrox pueblo

The most popular attraction was in one corner of the square where there was a roped-off area with many different birds of prey on display. Their handler gave a demonstration of the birds´ hunting prowess, which thrilled and delighted the crowd, especially the many children. The birds appeared to be well cared for and made an impressive sight sitting on their perches, patiently waiting their turn to swoop over the gathered crowd.

Bird of prey handler at the medieval market in Torrox, east of Malaga

Eagle Owl at medieval market in Torrox pueblo

Little girl in traditional flamenco dress at the medieval market, Torrox pueblo.

Bird of prey at the medieval market in Torrox, east of Malaga

Flying free: Barn owl at medieval market in Torrox pueblo

All of the bars and restaurants in Plaza de la Constitución had their outdoor seating areas overflowing with people all eating, drinking and enjoying this year´s Medieval Fiesta!

Evening falls at the medieval market, Torrox pueblo

I have merged my responses to this week´s Photo Challenges:  Travel Theme: Tradition as well as the Weekly Image of Life: Colours.

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30 thoughts on “Back to the Future: An Evening at the Medieval Market

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  8. I’m not sure what “2’50” for a Choripan translates to in Canadian Dollars, but in the 15th Century it was probably 2 years income. Ha ha! That bird demonstration definitely seems exciting. I’ve seen a few in various places and they’re always a highlight of any festivity.

    • According to my trusty currency exchanger, €2.50 = 3.09 CAD., which by my reckoning is more than 2 years income in the 15th century!! ;)

      The bird of prey demonstration was the highlight for me, too.

      • Ha ha, yeah, well I thought it would be more too, but I didn’t want to guess to high and be really really wrong either. There’s a great birds of prey demonstration at Grouse Mountain in Vancouver, Canada. I’m going to make a post on that fairly soon.

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  10. Hmmm – I see where you´re coming from, but I´m sure you could come up with another traditional theme, Marco – like music, or food.

    Thanks for visiting and taking the trouble to comment. :)

  11. Oh wow, this is fantastic! Such a wonderful idea – wish they’s do something like that here is SA. No wait, a medieval market in SA would mean what exactly? Hmmm – have to rethink that one.

    • This kind of market tours around, so no doubt it will be coming to a village nearer to you (when you live here), soon!

      It was great fun getting up close to the birds of prey, yes.

  12. This is one exciting blast from the past event. The colors and grandeur of the medieval times exploding in fun and vibrant colors. A great way to shop for food while entertainment of old comes allive. Thanks.

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