For fifteen years now, La Mata has been celebrating the International Day of the Pig. This year's pig fest will start at midday on Sunday and will continue until supplies of pork have run out.
The event, which is organised by the Peña El Cerdo de La Mata and the Ayuntamiento de Torrevieja, will take place in the Plaza Encarnación Puchol (next to the beach). Thousands of kilos of pork will be cooked to perfection on the barbecues set up in the square ready to be washed down with copious quantities of wine.
On Saturday, in the same square, there will be a traditional blessing of animals (San Antón). I wonder if they bless the pigs in preparation for their demise!
PS If you are intent on going, remember that La Mata is not the easiest place to find a spot to park and this event draws crowds of thousands.