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diary datesIt’s February, that most romantic month of the year and the start of getting back into the groove after all the festive spirit. February also brings the Carnival fun with a pinch of Rio to the area along with Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday - pancake day, call it what you will, along with the Chinese New Year, Ash Wednesday, St. Valentine’s Day: so lots of love, roses and chocolates throughout the month.

Although the number and size of the events in Torrevieja has dropped off over the past two years, the city of salt still has many number of great Fiestas throughout the year. This year’s Carnival will starts in earnest on Friday 2 February, with the fun and colourful National Drag Queen event changing location and now taking place in the fabulous International Auditorium beside Quiron Hospital:
https://auditoriotorrevieja.com.

Torreveja’s Carnival Contest Parade starts from Plaza María Asunción, just outside of Mullins Irish Pub, and continues along Calle Ramón Gallud, past the Virgin del Carmen Cultural Centre, with the main focus of the parade being just in front of the Town Hall Square and finishing at Calle Patricio Pérez street. There is both a Sunday afternoon parade, the competition itself, on 11 February, starting at 4pm while the main event, the evening parade happens the following Saturday evening (17 February), following the same route, from about 9pm. Wrap up, bring your camera and enjoy the fun while wondering how all the dancers do not freeze wearing such few clothes.

Walking Football fever is now taking off and those 50 and over who fancy kicking a ball around again, ladies included, can now take part in walking football. One of the popular spots for the sport is Los Montesinos on a Tuesday morning at 10am. It all helps us work of those festive kilos and follow those New Year’s resolutions to get fitter during 2018. There are at least another half a dozen local teams, with most of them advertising their playing times in local bar windows.

During the winter the Craft Market at the Cuevas del Rodeo in Rojales is open on the 1st Sunday of each month in the morning from 11am to 2pm. It’s is a fun place to visit if you are looking for a small gift, piece of art or decoration. Local artists put their work on display along with other craft works to browse and enjoy. Also on the 1st Sunday of each month is the Ace Cafe Classic Car event, on the street outside La Torre Hotel in Los Montesinos from 11am to 1pm. Admission is free.

Kids of all ages are invited to attend the Torrellano Miniature Steam Train. It is run by the friends of the railways association and so is normally only open on Saturdays between 4pm and 8pm with Miniature Train Rides during February and March on the 2nd Sunday from 10.30am to 1.30pm. Every month the Friends of the Railways Association host a miniature train event at the railway museum in Torrellano. Donations of 1.50€ per visit are requested.

Lest we forget, that most romantic day of the year, St. Valentine’s is on 14 February, so girls, start dropping those hints now about romantic presents, chocolates, diamonds, dinner for two and all that, to your man now, just in case he should forget. And ladies, even though it’s not a leap year, if he hasn’t popped the question yet, why not get down on your bended knee and put the pressure on him in front of hundreds of people, to say ‘yes’.

If you have an interest in caravans, mobile homes and accessories, then you should consider a visit to the IFA Exhibition centre, located beside the airport, for their Caravanning Expo:
http://www.caravaning-alicante.es/. Over the weekends 9 to 11 and 16 to 18, the 26th edition offers the latest models from different companies and brands with the widest possible range of caravans, motor homes, mobile homes, among others, as well as great prices and even special offers at the fair. A must for lovers of the world of camping and outdoor events.

The strong point of the show is its variety, huge exhibition area and number of vehicles all located in the same space. You will also find mobile homes, tents, accessories and spare parts, services for camping and outdoor leisure and more. Discount entrance coupons can be downloaded from their website.

Taking a peak into March, lest we forget 1 March is St. David’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day is 17 March, when everyone is Irish for the day, and on 19 March it’s a public holiday for San Jose or Father’s Day. On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March, the International Auditorium is also host to Expo Torrevieja III, the region’s premier International Lifestyle show.