The pretty village of La Nucia is situated in the region of Valencia, on the northern end of Spain's Costa Blanca, and not far from Benidorm. So you can expect warm sunshine in a temperate climate, with a low amount of annual rainfall; just 507 mm. In high season visitors will enjoy temperatures of around 28°C (82°F), with August being the hottest month. Winters are cooler, January particularly so, but snow is rare. The lower temperatures, when days are breezy and sometimes overcast, bring most of the annual rain. La Nucia is fortunate to be situated in an area that avoids extreme weather. In summer the whole of the Costa Blanca gets many hours of sunshine, so if beaches or poolside lounging are your things, summer is the best time to go.
The atmospheric conditions and pure air in the region are ideal for activities such as paragliding or watersports. There is something for everyone to enjoy in this mild Mediterranean climate. La Nucia is located 243 meters above sea level, with the water temperatures of the nearby sea at an average of around 19.5°C (67.10°F). In August water temperatures can reach 26.50°C (79.70°F), but in contrast, they can be as low as 13.90°C (57.02°F) in March. La Nucia's inland position, with a cooling mountainous backdrop, helps to ensure a more refreshing and sheltered atmosphere compared to towns located directly on the coast, whatever the season.
The three kings' parade features the three wise men, Gaspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, who arrive on a float as true kings of the east. Some medieval interpretations depict the three wise men as the three states of man; these three stages are wisdom, maturity, and youth. During the festival, the three wise men, known as the three kings of the East, are accompanied by an entourage. Among the entourage are royal pages and other magical figures. In La Nucia, the ‘Cabalgata de Reyes Magos’ usually features a parade of at least 160 people that winds through characteristic streets in the town. The parade also features a group of artists, dancers, postmen, and other unique townspeople. During the parade, the three wise men are handed the keys to the city.
Every family looks forward to the parade hoping that the three kings will not forget to pass by their houses. This is an important holiday, especially for children. The day before Three Kings, Spanish children write a letter specifying what gifts they would like to receive. In keeping with tradition, if they have been kind, the children in La Nucía will find gifts in their shoes the morning after the parade.
Oktoberfest in La Nucia? You heard right! Even though this festival has German origins, thanks to the German and European tourists who visit la Nucia every year, it has become a tradition in la Nucia to celebrate Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest dates back to an October in the early 19th century in Germany, when the incredible wedding of Prince Ludwig I of Bavaria and Therese of Saxony took place. During the famous wedding, the entire city was invited to the festivities which took place in front of the gates to Munich. Nowadays, Oktoberfest usually lasts for about 16 days. It is very strongly associated with drinking beer; which is why some people refer to it as the ‘beer festival’.
In la Nucia, the ‘Fiesta de la Cerveza’ is set up as a traditional, large German Beer Garten in large tents with long wooden tables and benches where people can drink and be merry. The beer drinking is usually accompanied by traditional Bavarian music. Owners of breweries also get the chance to represent themselves here. As this festival centers around Bavarian culture, people dress up in traditional Bavarian clothing, play games, listen to music and dance. Octoberfest in La Nucia draws approximately 35.000 people annually, the location can vary.
Palm Sunday, also known as Domingo de Ramos, is celebrated on the first Sunday of the holy week before Easter. The impressive Palm Sunday procession is a major event in a series of Catholic processions that will take place in the run-up to and during Holy Week. Palm Sunday is celebrated to commemorate the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. In La Nucía, the theatrical performance of the passion and death of Jesus Christ is one of the central activities of this day.
The Palm Sunday procession usually starts at the Capella de Sant Rafel and makes its way towards the parish church of La Nucía. Children gather with their palms and olive branches so that they can be blessed by the priest of La Nucía. Especially for this occasion, the children wear their best clothes, “their Sunday clothes”; after the blessing, they take to the streets to watch the procession. The procession concludes in the Parroquia de la Purísima Concepción of La Nucía, where the Holy Mass on Palm Sunday takes place.
This solemn religious procession is attended by people from far and wide and is very impressive to witness. Count on the fact that there will be many people and busy streets; this is a true event of great cultural and religious importance.
This is one of the most anticipated celebrations of the year in both La Nucía and other parts of Spain. As the name implies (Semana Santa means Holy Week); this is a week-long celebration. Easter is celebrated with a lot of emotion. People in La Nucía take an active role in Semana Santa. This week is filled with the beat of drums, night and day, the streets overflow with hundreds of colourful flowers and artworks of religious scripture. The combination of these elements results in a moving atmosphere that many people look forward to each year.
This week there are many processions, as is tradition in La Nucía. The processions are accompanied by religious music played by live marching bands. The people who take part in the processions dress in traditional capirotes (tall conical hats that cover their faces) and belted robes. Some women dress in black with black lace veils on the back of their heads. Delicacies are sold in the streets. Easter is a time of year to eat and drink to your heart’s content. But, above all, for many people Semana Santa is an opportunity to enjoy a few days off, surrounded by color and music in the company of friends and family.
This special event celebrates the founding of La Nucía. Instead of a standard street party, city officials decided to celebrate the occasion with a medieval market. During the medieval market, in La Nucía known as the 'Mercado Medieval', the city returns to the Middle Ages. Artisans take the opportunity to create works of art from materials such as wood, glass, clay and metal. These pieces are displayed and offered for sale in the medieval market.
During the event, you also get to enjoy traditional medieval entertainment. Such entertainment includes falconry, a wooden merry-go-round for kids, and donkey rides for everyone. Local producers set up stands to sell their fresh and usually locally produced and organic fruit, vegetables, wine, and olive oil. The fair is typically held in the narrow streets of La Nucía around the church and the town hall. The medieval festival is characterized by its focus on local business; the market is small, local, and no big companies are involved in the event. The vendors who sell at the market only sell products grown, produced or created by themselves. All the sellers get to dress like medieval merchants. This is a great place to enjoy medieval music, street theatre, jugglers and a fire show at night.
The ‘Feria de Navidad’ is a Christmas market in La Nucía where any and all products and items related to Christmas can be bought and sold. The market lasts two days and is made up of a wide variety of stalls that sell Christmas items. Think of Christmas trees, baking molds, ornaments, Christmas decorations and (parts of) Christmas stalls. Different workshops are also on offer every year. Live music and dance performances will be performed by various dance and music schools, and Christmas choirs will also perform.
The Christmas market is a great place for children; there is an inflatable bouncy house and there are craft workshops for children. In these special workshops, children can make items from clay, wood and paper while enjoying each other's company. A special Santa Claus workshop is also organized for the children. To top it all off, Santa Claus himself will also attend; he likes to receive letters from the little ones for the occasion. Several charities in La Nucía participate in the market. All money raised with this event will go to local and regional charities. This is an event that is open to everyone; both residents and tourists. There is usually enough space to park.
The Festivity of San Vicente is celebrated on the Monday after Easter Monday. In recent years, the festival has expanded to include the entire weekend; it starts on Friday and ends on Monday. “La festividad de San Vicente” is an event celebrated by Valencians in honour of their patron saint. The festivities take place in commemoration of Saint Vicente. Vicente was a young deacon who was martyred in Valencia in 304 AD, by order of Emperor Diocleciano. San Vicente is also referred to as the Patron Saint of Tailors and Dressmakers.
During the festivities you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment; from regional dances and performances by Valencian folk groups, to footraces, barbecues or concerts. In addition, altars are erected on the streets and squares in La Nucía. Children use these to perform plays about the miracles of the Dominican saint. For the occasion, statues of the saint are erected on various altars throughout the town. A solemn procession carrying a statue of the saint will pass through the streets. The participants in the procession dress up in clothes from the old times. The streets are filled with people and colors, and there is delicious street food. Among other things, a large outdoor barbecue is held; a great place to mingle.
This event is held in honour of the Virgin de la Asunción and San Roque. This is celebrated with a procession and a colorful parade. Participants in this particular procession usually dress in all-white attire. An impressive statue of the Virgin de la Asunción is lowered from the main altar at the parish of the catholic church in La Nucía. This heavy relic is the central point of the procession and is carried around town to mark the occasion.
The Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen de la Asunción y San Roque also feature theatre and live music concerts. People gather in the town square and make merry. It is also a chance for people to enjoy summer, celebrate with friends and family, and participate in one or all of the many things organized in La Nucía during these fiestas. This is a great chance to enjoy the local culture and commerce. During the festivities, popular meals are for sale in the streets and in restaurants and the streets fill with people, lights and colors. The Fiestas en Honor a la Virgen de la Asunción y San Roque fill the both locals and tourists in La Nucía with pride and joy.
San Rafael is celebrated every third weekend of November. San Rafael (or Sant Rafel in Valencian) is probably the saint who is most loved by the inhabitants of La Nucía; the festivities in his honour are therefore celebrated with great affection and devotion. San Rafael is a religious festival par excellence, commemorating the creation of the first parish in the municipality when it gained independence from Moria de Polop.
In addition to Holy Mass, there are several popular activities such as the paella competition and card game tournaments. A highlight of the festivities is an auction at the San Rafael hermitage. Here, sashes and ribbons of the saint can be bid on and one can win the right to wear them during the procession. All proceeds go to the church. The procession usually starts at the church on Plaza Mayor and heads towards the San Rafael Hermitage. At the end of the procession, an image of the saint is displayed and fireworks are set off. This is a good time to explore the old center of La Nucia and find something tasty to eat; traditionally "Putxero amb pilotes", a local specialy, is eaten on Saturday.
The Tour of Spain is one of the three Grand Tours in Spain, and therefore one of the most famous cycling races. In Spain, this sporting event is called “La Vuelta”. La Vuelta has 21 stages and lasts three weeks. The cyclists cover almost 3000 km during this event. The route of La Vuelta changes every year. The Tour of Spain passed through La Nucía in 2011, 2016 and 2019. The streets were closed off and kept clear especially for the occasion. The locals and holidaymakers took a strategic position to hand over bottles of water to cyclists.
La Nucía is a sports village, and it presents itself as such. There is a huge sports center (Ciudad Deportiva Camilo Cano), where almost all sports can be practiced. Many top athletes use the sports facilities available here to train for important matches and tournaments. Athletes from countries with colder winters like to come here, partly because of the mild climate. The municipality of La Nucía hopes to attract even more top athletes by continuing to build new sports facilities; amongst others, a sports hotel, an athletics track, and a second sports center. Although it is a small town, La Nucía describes itself as a “City of Sports”, and perhaps rightly so.
The La Nucía Food Truck Festival is truly an event to look forward to. You might have guessed it from the name; this is the perfect place to enjoy a wide variety of food. For the “Festival Nacional de Food Trucks” several restaurants in the region rent food trucks in which they prepare and sell their hallmark meals. Mind you, there is something at stake: La Nucía is only one of the 9 stops of the National Food Truck Championship that will run across Spain (Malaga, Madrid, Seville… ..etc). After you try a dish, you can vote for your favourite Food Trucks through Facebook. The two best (and most popular) food trucks from each town advance to the Grand Finale that takes place later in the year.
Besides eating delicious food, you can also participate in cooking workshops here. But the Food Truck Festival is not only about food. Free live music is organized to provide a wonderful atmosphere for days on end, and there is special entertainment for children. The trucks open at noon and don’t close until 1 am. People from all over Spain and Europe come here to enjoy the wide range of cuisine; regional, Spanish and Portuguese. This is gastronomy on wheels like you have never experienced it!
During the La Nucía international day, many nations get the chance to showcase their traditions, costumes, customs, cuisines and other characteristic elements of their nation on a central stage. The event is usually held in the Pabellon Deportivo Camilo Cano, and opens at around 11. This is an all-day event, and access is free. Enjoy the dances and parades until closing time, around 6 in the evening. The ‘Día Internacional de La Nucía’ is usually attended by thousands of people from different parts of the world. Journalists from different nationalities cover and document the event in their local language. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the diverse cultures of different countries.
It is not only a chance for people from different parts of the world to share their characteristic traditions; it is also the perfect setting to learn about those of other countries. It helps to foster appreciation and unity between the different nations. Each nation gets a stall where they display their culture in the form of food, costumes and in other ways. They also showcase their national flags and play national music. Attendees get to move from one stall to another and explore all that the festival has to offer. The La Nucía International day is eagerly anticipated by both locals and non-locals every year, and usually takes place in March.
The La Nucía Sport Xperience is a sports festival that is open to all; people of all ages, from all countries, men, women and children. The idea of the festival is to promote sports and an active lifestyle during the Easter holiday as a healthy alternative to all the unhealthy holiday habits. All the activities are family-friendly, and access to the Sport Xperience is free. All the local sports clubs (and there are many!) participate in this yearly event. This leads to non-stop sports activities of all varieties. People get to compete in athletic tournaments, including canicross (a dog sport where owner and dog run the cross country), indoor football, tennis, paddle, beach volley, pad bolt and basketball. Other activities that take place during the sport Xperience include health and physical activities, leisure activities like archery, climbing, diving, paddle tennis, skating and painting in workshops. Special activities are organized for children; they get to enjoy theatre, bouncing castles, diving and skating.
The festival also provides access to a heated pool, spa area, gym and several group classes and activities like indoor cycling, aquagym and training for pole dancing. All the participants get free access to large and open areas to watch sports, play sports and enjoy the company of their friends, family and loved ones.
This day is organized by the Dutch Business Club Costa Blanca. The Dutch Business Club was established in the year 1966 under the name ‘De Nederlandse Zakenlunch Madrid’. It is an independent and non-profit corporation whose main role is to create a welcoming atmosphere in Spain for businessmen and women who speak the Dutch language. The Dutch business club organizes an annual Dutch day celebration in the shape of a business fair. This fair is visited by many Dutch businesses, representatives, students, tourists, immigrants and other Dutchies. However, all people are welcome to enjoy the event. The goal is to promote Dutch business in the region. There are many stalls of various entrepreneurs, a great opportunity for networking.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the event and mingle. Typical Dutch games are played, a theater company sings cabaret songs, cooking workshops are organized and a choir sings. Dutch beer is served and people are encouraged to mingle and socialize. Naturally, a wide range of Dutch delicacies is also served and you can enjoy Dutch music. The Dutch Day usually takes place in October and is a great event to visit if you are curious about Dutch affairs in the region, or if you simply love Dutch snacks such as deep-fried “bitterballen”.
For most of the year, La Nucía is a quiet town where the nightlife centres around a few local bars and restaurants. It's not a place for wild nights out and crazy celebrations. If you are looking for loud clubs and busy pubs, take a 5 to 10-minute drive to Altea or Benidorm where there is lots going on. La Nucía can get lively on occasion. Most of those occasions are festivals, or 'fiestas'; these take place throughout the year and fill up the street with parties that can go on all night. August is an especially busy time – for a full list of festivals in La Nucía take a look at the section on National and Cultural Festivities to see what's on and when.
If you are staying in La Nucía and want an evening out in the town, take a look at our list of late-night bars and restaurants below.
The Overdrive Rock Café has a biker and rock music vibe. Live bands play heavy rock tunes in the evening on the weekend, drawing in a lively crowd. This bar is open from 10 am until 2 am, seven days a week. Burgers and hot dogs are served most of the day. A full-size Harley Davidson hangs in the window and sets the theme for this place, the rest of the décor has an American road-trip feel. There's a long bar inside that features a dancers' pole at each end where strippers perform on select nights.
A selection of both draft and bottled beer is on sale along with a variety of bourbons, whiskies and other spirits. When it comes to seating, there are lots of tables inside the Overdrive Rock Café as well as plenty of places to sit outside. You can also play pool, table football, electronic darts and pinball inside the bar in a dedicated gaming area towards the back. It's not uncommon to see a line of motorcycles parked outside as people drive from far and wide to listen to the music and enjoy a drink.
This is a local Spanish bar with a fine selection of tapas. Taberna la Capitana is located in the centre of La Nucía in a small area of informal cafes and bars. Outside there's a large terrace that is covered to protect customers from the weather. There are several tables with plenty of room for families and small groups to sit. This bar is open from 10 am until 10 pm, six days a week. It's a casual, friendly place to enjoy a drink, meal or coffee with friends.
Taberna la Capitana is well known for its traditional tapas selection that includes favourites such as squid, sliced hams and fried potatoes. The sandwiches here are huge and filled with a delicious assortment of fish or meat. In the evening, this is an ideal place to share a bottle of wine – they have a vast selection to choose from. A couple of local beers are available on tap too, and they also serve excellent coffee at all times of the day. Sit here chatting for a while and pass the time in a quiet, informal setting.
This bar has an enviable location in the old town part of La Nucía. It can be found on a wide corner opposite the church on the Plaza Mayor. It's a popular place for local people to go in the evening - young and old sit outside enjoying the view, even when the weather is cool. The seating is mainly out on the paved terrace area, covered by an over-sized umbrella. There are a couple of long tables indoors too, where large families or groups can sit together.
Along with a selection of bottled beers and house wine, the bar serves spirits and mixed drinks as well. The menu offers a wide variety of food. You can choose from tortillas, tapas, salads and sandwiches and all of these go together very well with a cold drink or hot coffee for lunch. At dinner time you can also order main dishes that are expertly cooked such as chicken and rice, pork chops with potatoes and different kinds of seafood. Occasionally there is a live performer in the weekend to sing for and entertain the customers. The bar makes long days, as it is open from 7 am until midnight Tuesday to Sunday. On a busy Saturday night, they stay open until the early hours of Sunday morning.