For this occasion, our friends of Mascarat chose a cultural route through Novelda.
At only 35 km from Alicante and famous for its grapes and marble, Novelda has formed part of the European Modernism Route since 2007.
With Ula, our guide and friend, we climbed up the Castillo de la Mola and visited the chapel of Santa Magdalena, commonly known as the Little Sagrada Familia thanks to Gaudi’s influence on the Novelda architect Jose Sala. Once down in the town, Ula told us the story of the town matriarch, La Pichocha, and of her wish that her daughters should have the finest houses in town.
These houses are now the Modernist Museum and the Gomez Tortosa Cultural Centre, both of them genuine architectural gems.
Culturally satisfied, we whet our appetites on a fantastic craft beer tasting, seeing as Novelda is home to a small artisan brewery called Exulans. Each of the five we tried was better than the one before! And to finish, we headed to the renowned Novelda restaurant, Cucuch, to end the day with a fantastic ‘arroz a banda’.