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Medieval combats by members of the Official League of Medieval Combat. To take place on Sunday morning, during the celebration of Villena’s Medieval Festival, declared of Provincial Tourist Interest, every year during the second weekend of March.
Dedicated to St. Joseph, Villena's Medieval Festival takes place every year during the second weekend of March. The Rabal quarter, in Villena's old town, becomes a medieval town, with the houses and streets decorated in medieval style, and the neighbours dressed in medieval costumes.
There is a medieval market, where we can find a large number of handicrafts, food, and other traditional products from all over the country. Besides, there is a stunning program of events on the streets, with theatrical plays, concerts, parades, guided tours and even medieval weddings, together with lots of performances that bring us closer to the Middle Age.
You may be wondering: what is historical reenactment? It is an activity that strictly imitates the lifestyles and customs of a determined period in time. The participant are called "reenactors."
And here, you are with these reenactors: people dedicated to studying and reconstructing life in the Middle Ages, from warriors and craftsmen to doctors, monks, lords and peasants. These are not actors in costume. They are true specialists in Living History and use entirely real clothing.
With the reenactors, you can see, enjoy and feel the recreated period. You can ask them all the questions you want and interact with them. This way, you can discover how people lived and felt in a time in the not-so-distant past. They are experts in the period they recreate, so they can help make it more real for you. You can observe how they work, fight and live...and even how they die.
- All day
The "Medieval Combat" is a contact sport with a strong historical aspect. Like many sports and martial arts have their origin at a remote point of the past, so the Medieval Combat is based on medieval tournaments, in the Europe of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.
This sport has been developing in Eastern Europe for twenty years and is now spreading rapidly throughout the rest of the world. The sport consists of fights between two sides, they can be duels - two fighters - or group melés. There is an official regulation that regulates what equipment should be used, what techniques are allowed and a strict disciplinary code to punish the faults. The goal of the melés is to knock down the opposing team, for them all kinds of techniques and weapons are used, hitting with full force. Duels are decided by points, rewarding not only strength but also technique.
THE SPANISH EXPERIENCE
Spain in the Medieval Combat has a short but intense history. The first appearance in competition was in the Faucon Noir tournament, in 2012. In this tournament Cristian Bernal was the first representative of Spain in an international tournament of this sport, participating with the UK team (England) and getting second place in the category 5vs5 (five against five).
Afterwards, encouraged by the pleasant experience - since the first companionship between all the fighting teams - 2 more tournaments followed in France (qualifying tournament in Chateau-thierry and the 2013 edition of Faucon Noir). And they continued in Germany (Rise of the knight, Bernau). Poland (Games of fire and steel.) England (Bloodstock festival) winning the 3vs3 competition. Israel (Knights of Jerusalem) and in Italy, Cristian Bernal, captain of the Spanish National Team, participated in the national training and in numerous exhibition fights.
“Currently to be part of this sport - Cristian Bernal tells us - you just have to get in touch with the Medieval Combat League. We inform you where you can get quality material, but affordable, and we put the aspiring fighters in contact with the delegates of your area, so that they can meet other wrestlers or nearby clubs. Once they have armor, they are invited to national practices in Belmonte, to be tested with fighters from all over the country. The best fighters among those equipped are selected for the national team.
RECREATING THE HISTORY
What viewers are going to see is a wide range of quality sports and entertainment. On the one hand the main element is the struggles of the sport itself, never seen since it is not about choreographed fights or spectacle, but of a competition of the highest level where each and every one of the fighters is giving the best of Himself to get the victory. The fierceness of the fighting shows at the same time the attitude of respect and brotherhood for the adversary, who is not given barracks. And always, once the battle is over, he greets himself like a brother because he has had the courage to be there either with you or against you.
And this sport also adds the cultural or historical component. All weapons, armor and clothing go through a verification committee to look for a level of authenticity appropriate to the level of the event, "although," Cristian Bernal notes, "with some license as for the fighters, because safety is a priority, since the requirement of the impacts received in the armor is very serious, and it is not about injuring the adversary, if not, simply of making him touch the ground. ”
Belmonte Castle is proud to have hosted in May 2014 the first medieval combat World Cup - IMCF - held in the world. With the participation of more than 500 fighters of 19 countries. 6 years more trade, the Castle once again hosts the most important medieval combat event at the international level, the VII IMCF 2020 World Medieval Combat Championship, with the presence of 700 fighters from more than 35 countries (to be confirmed).
Dramatized guided tour by actors that takes place in the different rooms of the castle in which scenes from everyday life of the past time are recreated. It is the History of the castle told by this characters.
Each season is dedicated to specific historical moment. In 2017 was dedicate to the visit of Queen Isabel the Catholic to Sanlúcar.
In 2018, as a prelude to such a marked event, it was dedicate to the first Earth Circumnavigation.
These visits are only available during the summer season and specific times. Also on request. Please, check availability.
- 2 hours
When the main branch of the Marquis of Villena was extinguished, the Lord of Belmonte, through successive matrimonial connections passed to the House of Miranda and Montijo and, in the 19th Century, the castle inherit the Countess of Teba, María Eugenia Palafox Portocarrero and Kirpatrick , who would become empress of France to marry Napoleon III.
During this historical recreation day we travel to the 19th Century; the Castle of Belmonte dresses his best clothes for the imminent visit of Doña Eugenia de Montijo: ladies, gentlemen and relatives of the Empress review the castles stays finalizing every detail.
The visitor will enjoy with all the characteristic elements of this time; they will delight with ladies reading poetry or having entertaining talks, they will know old card games between gentlemen and the blacksmith's trade and, even, they will be able to meet a charlatan seller of elixirs and a gypsy who is reading Tarot that stay around the area. However. The apparent calm of Belmonte will be affected by different events: dueling battles for the honor of a lady and even, an attempted anarchist attack against Doña Eugenia, how will it finish?
Learn more about the fascinating life of this Spanish noblewoman who became regent of the French Empire on three times and who ordered the restoration of the Belmonte castle according to the tastes of this period. Also find out more on the life, style and customs of the 19th Century (specifically between the years 1850-1870), with important moments such as social and political movements that marked this period or the establishment of the “Guardia Civil”.
- All day
Enjoy a very special activity, in intimacy or in family: a private picnic with local products in one of the towers of the medieval castle of Buñol. The panoramic view and the surroundings will make this experience a memorable one.
We have two Towers, and a maximum of 4 persons will be welcome for Tower.
Possibility of a private guided tour of the premises of the Castle.
10 euros will be charged that will be returned once the menage has been checked
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