Chapel of Sant Jaume of Bocairent

Leaving Bocairent and crossing over the main entry bridge to the town, the bridge of Saint Blai, you will come upon the roundabout of the “Blanket Man”. Continuing in the direction of the old train station, take the middle road in the direction of the sierra. This is a one-way asphalted road with views of the town and the Sierra Mariola. You can reach it by car, bicycle, or on foot.

The chapel is set in beautiful natural surroundings. You’ll find a spring flowing with fresh mountain water from the sierra, enclosed by pine and oak trees along. The chapel itself was built in the XVI century. Above the façade of masonry is a ceramic tableau portraying the saint. The building is made up of a single nave in the Gothic style and is surrounded on the outside by a running bench.

The chapel is consecrated to the first patron saint of Bocairent, Saint James the Elder (Santiago el Mayor). On the first of May everybody is invited to join the locals in a procession up to the chapel where a Eucharist is then held. Afterwards there is a brunch accompanied by a brass band and then fireworks.