The Aurora of Cullera

Cullera celebrates its patron saint festivities dedicated to the Mare de Déu del Castell, the Virgin of the Incarnation or the “Aurora of Cullera” as the Patroness in the town.

The festival of the Aurora of Cullera involves eight intense days full of religious acts, emotion, music, cultural celebrations and great admiration that always start on the Saturday after Easter until the Sunday of the following week. This year it will take place from April 7, the day on which the tradition “baixà” is made, the descent of the Mare de Déu in a nocturnal procession, from the castle to the church of the Santos Juanes and will culminate on April 15 with its subsequent celebration of the Aurora, the most representative act and that marks the end of the festivities.

In the “Night of the Aurora” is perhaps the commemoration that attracts the most visitors of all the festivities of Cullera. The essence of this can be seen throughout the processional journey in which the Virgin is transported through the neighborhood of San Antonio and there, at sunrise the image is paraded by fishermen and sailors to the seashore. It is a real spectacle the visual effect that arises while entering with the Virgin of the Castle, the boats anchor in front of San Antonio beach accompanying them in the background the fireworks, with the recitation of the rosary of musical thread and behind the sun coming out , the Aurora. The festivities culminate with the processional rise of the image of the Virgin of the Castle to its Shrine.

Aurora of Cullera Procession

During the wait of this magnificent moment the neighbors of the town and all the visitors spend the evening lighting fires, eating, drinking and enjoying the musical concerts of the moment. This year, April 14 at 11pm. a new edition of the “Nit de la Aurora Medusa Festival” will be held in the “La Rada” parquin, in which 5 well-known DJs will participate, among them the king of the Valencian night Chimo Bayo, who will guarantee a show of the highest level.

If you have not experienced these celebrations in person, you cannot miss them.

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Top 10 Best Things to Do in Cullera

Cullera is a highly popular summer destination in Spain with long sandy beaches, a bustling town center and numerous attractions, both old and new. Here are the 10 best things to do in Cullera while you are here:

1. Award-winning San Antonio beach

Of the 11 beaches in Cullera this beach is the most popular and is full of bars, restaurants, kids play areas and a wide array of water sports. Beach beds and umbrellas can be rented.

2. Castle of Cullera

The ancient castle of Cullera was built in the 15th Century by Moorish forces to provide security and control for the town of Cullera and the surrounding areas.

3. Bioparc Valencia

An animal park that that offers visitors the opportunity to delve into habitats of wilderness where animals live in social groups of their own kind and with other compatible species, as occur in nature.

4. Circuit Ricardo Tormo

Opened in September 1999, it’s a circuit inside a stadium and is an award- winning racing circuit which has won the three motorcycling world championships, two best World Superbikes championship awards and one award for the best Truck Grand Prix.

circuit Ricardo Tormo

5. Aquopolis Cullera Water park

Just a 10 minute drive away is the Cullera water park. It offers fun for the whole family with exciting rides like the Black Hole, Crazy Cobra and the mini zigzag. It offers a Mini Park for young children.

6. Sanctuary of the Virgen del Castillo

Within the castle this 19th century sanctuary can be found. The Festival of the Virgen del Castillo is celebrated in Spain the week after Passover.

7. Church of Saint Johns

An old temple built on top of an even older Gothic temple. The temple has recently been restored.

8. Torre del Marenyet

This old watchtower was erected on the Júcar river to protect Cullera from raiding Pirates.

9. Cave of Dragut

This cave depicts the conquest of Cullera by Berber forces. Curiously the cave takes its name from Dragut a famed Ottoman admiral who is said to have visited the cave.

10. Abric Lambert Cave Paintings

Located on the North-West side of the Mountain, these paintings depict several human and animal figures. They were discovered and named after Lambert Oliver.

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History of Cullera

The history of Cullera is a long, storied one with four distinct historical periods.

Prehistoric Period

Cullera is an ancient settlement dating back as far as the prehistoric times (the period between the invention of stone tools and prior to the invention of writing systems). The first signs of human settlement can be found in caves around the Faro Volcano. On the opposite slope of the mountain the Abric Lambert cave painting – named after Lambert Oliver who discovered them – which depict several human and animal figures can be found. These paintings date back to the earliest human settlements in Cullera.

Roman Rule

Ruins dating back from the Roman occupation of Spain can be found in the Barrio de La Rápita, the neigbhourhood near and surrounding our hotel. A fish salting factory dating back to the period can be found on Agustín Olivert street, and demonstrates the importance of Cullera’s port during Roman rule.  An ongoing mystery in the history of the Roman occupation of Spain is the location of the Roman city of Sucro. Referred to several times in Roman texts as well as the site of a major Roman mutiny, the city and its port remain unknown. However, a growing body of evidence including recent archaeological discoveries are making a strong case that Cullera is the lost city of Sucro and Port of Sucro (Portum Sucrone).

Moorish Rule

Qulayra as it was renamed during the Islamic period developed into a proper urban settlement under Muslim rule. The Moors built the Castle of Cullera and shifted the center of gravity in Cullera from around the Faro Volcano to an area south of the castle, the area that comprises modern day Cullera. A wall was also erected during this period to protect the town. This turned Cullera from a small port into a strategic location from which to control all commercial traffic on the river Júcar.

The Reconquest

After Cullera’s reconquest by Spanish forces the Barrio de la Vila was created. This neighbourhood grew rapidly during the 14th and 15th centuries. Cullera began suffering raids by Berber pirates during this period and as a response a chain of towers were erected, like the Torre de Marenyet, to protect the town.


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