There are many cities in Spain that dress in color to celebrate carnivals, but only a few enjoy recognition as International party of touristic interest. One of them is the Murcian town of Eagleswith less than 40,000 inhabitants, which organizes one of the best carnivals in Spain (this year 2024 they are celebrated from February 2 to 24).

Apart from this joyful festivity, this municipality offers beautiful sunsets and is home to a castle who defended it from pirates. It also has archaeological sites and Roman vestiges.

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The Carnival of Eagles

Without a doubt the most important festival in Águilas is the carnival. As in most carnivals, color, parades and colorful costumes flood the streets, but a crucial aspect that elevates this festivity is traditions and their characters.

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Months before the carnival, the Aquileños save eggshells that they then use, breaking them at one end and not in the middle to fill them with confetti. The “shells” They are launched on the night of the children’s and adult battle in the Plaza de España, previously delivered in a symbolic act between two prominent carnival characters: Don Carnal and Doña Cuaresma.

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Don Carnal It represents debauchery, revelry and bustle. The antithesis is Mrs. Lent, a symbol of modesty and seriousness that, according to tradition, grants a week of celebration before the burning at the stake of Don Carnal. In the carnival entourage they cannot be missing The Musethe queen of the carnival, and The Mussonaa half-animal and half-human being that represents the duality of man.

What to see in Águilas

Águilas is located south of the Murcian coast, very close to the border with Almería and 77 kilometers from Cartagena (about 50 minutes by car). The town of Águilas, as it is known today, dates back to the 18th century thanks to the impulse of the Enlightened Reformism of the reign of Carlos III. However, there are discoveries that confirm the presence of much older populations, such as the Romans, who left a marked mark. To discover the oldest history of Águilas, it is recommended to visit the Archaeological Museum and Roman Baths.

Castle of San Juan de las Águilas
Castle of San Juan de las Águilas

On a rock stands firmly the castle of San Juan de las Águilas, a 17th century fortress that resisted bombardments by pirate, Berber and English ships. The entrance price is two euros and it currently constitutes the emblem of Águilas. Others essential places of the visit to Águilas are the Casino, the church of San José, the Plaza de España and the Auditorium and Congress Palace.

Aguilas Embarcadero del Hornillo pier Murcia in Mediterranean Spain
Embarcadero del Hornillo, near Águilas, Murcia

Being a coastal town, one of the biggest attractions of Águilas is its beaches and covesof which Las Cuatro Calas, Cape Cope (perfect for snorkeling), Delicias Beach and Cocederos Beach stand out.

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