Do you know where our ice came from before we had fridges and freezers? Well, here, it came from ‘caves’ built above ground like the one you can see in the photo above. This one, called la Cava de San Miguel, is in Alfafara, 85km from Alicante.
These caves, with walls and roofs, had openings where snow was shovelled in all winter. That compacted snow was taken out as ice through the summer months.
This was another of those great days out that combined a little trekking with local culture. During our four hours enjoying the wonderful countryside around Alfafara, apart from the cave itself – which from the distance looked like a medieval fortress – we also saw the Bolumini cave and its prehistoric remains, dozens of springs, and the Cuevas de las Ventanas (the Window Caves), dug out of the vertical rock face. Astonishing!