Teba is well prepared for the invasion of the Scots this weekend, when the town celebrates the fourteenth edition of the Douglas Days Festival. The festival celebrates one of the most epic stories in Teba’s history, a 700-year-old legend about the exploits of Sir James Douglas.
The festival commemorates the adventures of the Scottish knight, also known as the Black Douglas, who was tasked with taking the embalmed heart of King Robert the Bruce to the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. However, the Black Douglas failed to see out the king’s wishes, as he was killed while assisting King Alfonso XI of Castile fight the Nasrid dynasty during the siege of Teba castle.
Although his mission was unsuccessful, the Black Douglas has remained such a legend in Scottish history that thousands of people descend on the town each year, including the Strathleven Artizans from West Dunbartonshire, who have been attending the event for more than ten years.
The once derelict tower of the old castle has been transformed into the Sir James Douglas Museum, which includes displays of weapons and armour from the middle ages, as well as information about the battle in which he died.
The town also displays a memorial plaque dedicated to both James Douglas and King Robert the Bruce.
The festival presents a medieval market, mock battles, snake charmers, falconry displays, Scottish bagpipers, belly dancing and various workshops. Visitors can take advantage of free sangria and porra, a local gazpacho-style tomato-based soup.
More than three-thousand people attended the festival last year and because of a rising interest in the legend of the Black Douglas and Robert the Bruce, this festival has become one of the most important of its kind.
The three-day event, which is held from today (Friday) until Sunday 26 August, is organised by Teba town hall.
For the programme and more information, click here.