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.
There were various stalls selling crafts, jewellery, cheeses, traditional craftwork in metal and wood, as well as lots of food.
Huge wooden chess tables had been set up for anyone to enjoy a game of chess in the evening sunshine.
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.
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!
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I must go to see that next year – if I can remember it!
Remind me to remind you! 😉
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.
I´ll look forward to your post and maybe we can compare notes! 🙂
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what a visual feast! i absolutely enjoyed looking at your photos! thank you for passing by my blog and for your kind comment too! 🙂
You are most welcome. 🙂
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. 🙂
Good point – a little effort goes a long way.
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.
Wonderful shots, Marianne, those birds of prey are spectacular and I could spend an awfully long time at that cheese stand! 🙂
Thanks, Ailsa. 🙂
Many Spanish cheeses are made using sheeps´ milk, are hard cheeses and come served in olive oil, as tapas. Delicious!
looks like great fun! love all the pics, especially the birds. wow.
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.
Looks like a wonderful time!
Yes, it really was a fun evening. 🙂
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.
It was a great evening. Thanks.
I love your bird shots 🙂
Thanks Paula. They were stunning birds – all of them.