Hundreds of years ago, the fishermen used to come to this beach to catch tuna. They used an ancient arabic technique and this is where the name of this beach comes from.
Next to the sailing club and with a lovely generations-old beach bar (you have to try the sardines and squid, fantastic!) this little beach has one of the few working wooden walkways remaining in the province.
10 minutes by...Read More
If no one has told you before, shopping in Alicante is paradise. Late opening shops, light summer evenings, really good prices (in Euros!) and great quality stuff make it a real top ten experience.
If you start after lunch, you can kill two birds with one stone, as restaurants will be opening as the shops are closing.
Maisonnave, Luceros and Oscar Espla are in the new commercial district,...Read More
In 1986, the Housemartins sang “Every woman, every man join the caravan of love” and a caravan on Albufereta beach was the love nest the Australian cangaroo breeder Richard Abbott-Griffiths and his wife Claire Greenfield chose for their honeymoon back in 1955, when tourism hardly existed in Spain.
This area is famous for its archaelogical sites while this beautiful crescent shaped...Read More
So, you’ve killed a dragon or two, rescued several maidens in distress, become a saint, been named patron of Lebanon, Georgia and England and are now looking for some more action. Nothing better than becoming the hero of one of the loudest, most colourful and most extravagant fiestas in Spain – Moros y Cristianos in Alcoy!
St George takes centre stage in these huge, and hugely...Read More
Easter lasts a long time in Alicante. After the flowers and saints and processions comes the final pilgrimage to the chapel in Santa Faz. On the second Thursday after Easter every year around 200.000 Alicantinos grab a long cane, stick a sprig of rosemary in the top, put on a traditional cassock and a blue and white neckerchief and set off from Santa Nicolas behind the Town Hall to the village...Read More
Every Easter Tuesday, at only an hour from Alicante, the city of Murcia celebrates the day of the ‘Bando de la Huerta’, one of Spain’s most important Spring festivals, in honour of its patron saint, the Virgen of Fuensanta.
The Bando de la Huerta has been celebrated for the past 150 years and was recently declared a Fiesta of International Touristic Interest.
Dressed in...Read More
Nothing better on a sunny day than a morning out fishing, and fishing in the sea!
One of our favourite places to do that is Amerador beach, at walking distance from the esplanade in El Campello, a lovely little coastal town 9 km from Alicante.
Its name, “Amerador”, comes from the spanish verb “amerar” which means “to soak, wet”. The story says the farmers...Read More
Every 9 of May the town of Torremanzanas (The Tower of Apples!) thanks Italian St Gregory that back in 1658 he saved the town from a terrible plague of locusts.
For this reason, the single women in town and the married men, dressed with their traditional clothes, parade all around the town to church. The women, known in Valencian language as “Clavariessas” carry a home made loaf of...Read More
Today, Easter Wednesday, Lent finishes; the moment that ends a difficult 40 days of fasting.
In case you didn’t know, in its origins Holy Week was a form of penitence, of sentence. In fact, the typical cone-shaped hats of the Nazarenes that are frequently worn in the processions have their origins in those sentenced to die by the Inquisition. Originally, the hat would have been...Read More
Tucked into the slopes of the mountain, the winding streets and pretty white houses of Santa Cruz make up one of Alicante’s most emblematic neighbourhoods. This is an increasingly cosmopolitan part of town but also the one where you are most likely to find the genuine spirit of Alicante. And that spirit is probably at its brightest and best when Santa Cruz celebrates the Cruces de Mayo...Read More