THE picturesque village of Parcent celebrated it´s ´More Parcent´ fair last weekend.
Visitors from far and wide joined the local community in a 3 day celebration of arts, crafts and entertainment in the streets and cafes.
Food and drink stalls did a roaring trade as craft exhibitors displayed and sold their hand-made wares. The Church Plaza was alive with laughter and conversation as people mingled over a drink or a bite to eat, and all at a fraction of coastal prices. On Saturday night, rock and pop bands played late into the evening. Human tower displays added to the carnival atmosphere, and on Sunday there were interactive workshops for children including clay modelling and bookmark making.
Local Deputy Mayor and a driving force behind the Fair, Jacqueline Cotterill, rolled out the welcome carpet to RTN and as Jacqui showed us around the events, her passion for this beautiful village shone through. Jacqui moved to Spain from the UK nearly thirty years ago and as she opened the refurbished public exhibition annexe for us at the Town Hall, she spoke with understandable pride about how Parcent has been revitalised as a village where community events take place. It’s not hard to see why – the village sparkled in the warm Autumn sunshine as we wandered through the charming and ancient winding streets.
Part of the event includes an Art Exhibition. With the title Four Women’s Palette and Brush, four local artists have provided an innovative and interesting collection of colourful abstract works which will remain on display in the Town Hall annexe until the 30th November. The opening times are Monday and Thursday 9.00-15.00hrs and 17.00-21.00hrs, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.00-15.00hrs.
Set in rolling hills just 13 miles from the coast, this lovely unspoilt village is a shining example of the real Spain, and the drive up through the hills reveals stunning views across valleys and gorges. The scenery around the village is some of the prettiest on the Costa Blanca and it’s easy to see why Parcent became such a popular choice for a holiday home or a permanent move to Spain.
With 30% of the Parcent population being expat Europeans, including many British, it seems Parcent offers a vibrant village life with the opportunity to integrate as little or as much as anyone would want to.
As I headed back to my car I wandered past an energetic game of street Pelota and the local youth band was tuning up to close the event. I began to wonder why I hadn’t discovered this gem of a village before