Talavera’s Holy Week, declared of regional tourist interest, stands out for its various processions taking place in the imposing old town’s streets amidst its walls.
The dramatization of some passages, the costumes worn by more than three thousand cofrades (members of a religious congregation), the rich cultural events that include from photography to musical bands contests (open to groups from all over Spain) or the via Crucis (Way of the Cross) of ceramics. All these, turn Talavera’s Holy Week into one to remember, keeping alive the feeling of belonging.
The Christianization of the pagan Roman worship rituals to Ceres, and the subsequent introduction of the Virgin of El Prado by Visigoth king Liuva II as a gift to the city, are the origin to today’s festivities known as Mondas of Talavera. During this celebration, we can see the Mondas parade and the exchange of batons —a unique event in which every village in the area, including Talavera de la Reina, pays homage to the Virgin of El Prado, through a series of votive offerings representing each village and town in the lands of Talavera.
Talavera’s Mondas and the festivities, over a week long, were declared National Tourist Interest Festival. During these days, visitors can enjoy many other festive events and concerts.
This celebration also comes with its own delicious typical pastry, called “Azahar de Mondas”.
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Agricultural and livestock traditions in Talavera de la Reina are deeply linked with these fairs that fill the city with many attractions, concerts, bullfights and events for everyone.
The Park of Alameda and Talavera’s fair facilities are a magnificent setting to hold concerts, children’s attractions, recreational areas and food booths for everyone to enjoy.
The so called “youth’s” square and the great “comarca” square provide the perfect setting, where people of all ages and places spend a good time.