The Mistela Trail
Last 25 April Mascarat celebrated their 11th edition of this gorgeous 4 hour walking route, from Benissa to Xalo, passing through Lliber, and taking in the localities where the Mistela dessert wine is typically made.
The starting point was Benissa, passing through cobbled streets and up to its fantastic overlook. Then on into the countryside where we found centuries old riu raus (traditional constructions like the one you can see in the photo below that were the centres of grape production), cultivated terraces dating back to Moorish times and the origins of region’s vineyards, and el Pla de las Viñas (the valley of the vines), a whole valley dedicated to wine making.
Once in Xalo, we had time to visit the ethnographic museum, its famous street market and, of course, winery, for a fantastic tasting of the wines of the region. There was only one thing left to do…enjoy the signature dish of this region.
Reflecting its Moorish origins, we tucked into a magnificent Couscous of the Marina Alta.
Don’t wait for the 12th edition to come around!