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Festivities in Sierra de Cazorla Natural Park
Of the multiple festivals and fiestas in the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura & Las Villas, here are some of the most interesting or important:
- Caracolada de San Isicio – May – The inhabitants of Cazorla outdoor walls with small oil lamps made of snail shells forming shapes or designs. “Luminarias” or bonfires are an important part of the celebration of saints’ days as well as over the New Year.
- Corpus Christi en Villacarrillo – June – Street corners and outside walls are adorned with flowers and altars to celebrate this religious occasion.
- Typical dancing from Pesás de Beas – these go back to the 16th and 17th centuries, and were introduced by Spaniards from all over the country as a celebration of the national culture and victory over the Arab during the reconquest.
- Mountain bowls – a different and curious game, thought to have been brought to the area by immigrants from the north of Spain. There is even a web page for anybody interested in learning how to play, although fortunately enough, the rules are not complex!