FOR the first time ever in Spain, Orihuela Costa will be the location for an Irish Pub Crawl.
Organised by the town hall, that recognises the contribution a large number of Irish citizens bring to the locality, the two-day event takes place over this weekend Saturday April 14 and 15.
On both days, the crawl lasts from midday to midnight!
Speaking to the Spanish media, local councillor Sofia Alvarez said: “Initiatives like this invite us to appreciate the density of the population of Orihuela; a municipality which has a third of its population living on the coast, with almost 30,000 residents and 101 nationalities, where one of the most important is the Irish community.”
She also said that the number of Irish citizens enquiring about the history of Orihuela, and to visit some of the famous buildings in the municipality, has been partly due to the town hall publishing more information in English. For the pub crawl, a total of 31 pubs in the area are taking part offering a half pint and a tapa for €2.50.
Similar to the famous Spanish ͚Tapas Runs͛, prizes are on offer for the best tapas and the best-decorated venue. If people don͛t fancy ͚walking the course͛ there is a map showing where all the pubs are and a minibus service that will stop at each one passing every 20 minutes. Raymond Kearney, who represents Irish citizens on the Orihuela Costa, thanked Councillor Alvarez for her continued support of the Irish community, not only for her involvement in this weekend͛s event but also the St Patrick͛s Day celebrations last month.