Aspe is today a modern and prosperous town with a strong agricultural and industrial background, although trade is also increasing.
In terms of agriculture, our most renowned product is the dessert grape, granted with the Denomination of Origin Vinalopo bagged dessert grape in 1988 in addition to those produced in the nearby towns of Novelda, Monforte del Cid, Agost, Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes and La Romana. In addition to our dessert grape, the past few years have seen an increase in the cultivation of olives, almonds and pomegranates. History – Aspe
Our Virgen de las Nieves is the symbol of an important tradition preserved by generation after generation of our predecessors who lived in Aspe and Hondon de las Nieves over the last six centuries. Among its most particular features, we can highlight the fact that both towns share the same Patron, therefore alternating the celebrations in her honour. But more specifically, the massive affection provoked by the Virgin also known as Serranica for centuries in so many thousands of people, to become an undoubted mark of identity for both towns of Aspe and Hondon de las Nieves.
In 2018, Pope Francis granted a Jubilee Year on the occasion of the 600th anniversary of the first appearance of our Virgen de las Nieves. Our Virgen de las Nieves celebration
Moors and Christians
Held between the 7th and the 10th August, Aspe’s Moors and Christians celebrations are noted for the enthusiasm and passion demonstrated by those involved, who successfully convey their emotions to all visitors. For this reason, they were declared an Event of Provincial Tourist Interest in 2012.
Dating back to their first edition in 1978, these celebrations were initially held in view of the district’s close ties with the Muslim occupation of Spain as evidenced by the large amount of celebrations held in our immediate vicinity. Held on an annual basis, they recall the Muslim conquest of the Iberian peninsula and its subsequent reconquest by the Christians. Therefore, these celebrations are deeply rooted in the Middle Ages, and are noted by their important cultural content as a commemoration of the crucial historical fact represented by the Ambassadors Ceremony, as well as the different events that comprise the Moors and Christians celebrations. Aspe’s Moors and Christians
La Jira or Ultimo Jueves, literally the Last Thursday, is held on the last Thursday before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday.
“Jiras” are fancy dress groups and associations with members of all ages who wear costumes around a common theme taking part in a parade that runs from 9pm from the historic centre. After 10pm, all members meet at Plaza Mayor square for a musical performance on stage, during which groups take turns singing to an original song accompanied by the music band. At the end of all performances, the Jiras traditionally hold a country style picnic together. La Jira or Ultimo Jueves - Aspe
Aspe’s Holy Week is the second oldest celebration in the council, with its beginnings dating back to the 17th century. There are twelve fraternity and confraternity associations in Aspe with a total of 2,000 members, thereby attracting high participation from the whole community. A religious demonstration with a high cultural and heritage value, it was declared an Event of Provincial Tourist Interest in 2008.
Its origins date back to 1615 with the foundation of the first fraternity association named Dulcisimo Nombre de Jesus. However, the current fraternities and confraternities were not founded until the 19th century. Aspe’s Holy Week