Narrow, silent, winding streets lead to Santa Cruz Chapel, at the highest point of this neighbourhood where the most famous and spectacular Easter procession begins and ends.
Santa Cruz, they said, was the home of harbourworkers. The mystical air of this place is reflected in its street names, like Carrer San Anton, where there used to be an image of Saint Anton where the neighbourhood girls...Read More
I love medieval markets and the one in Orihuela is a really good one.
Orihuela is a small city, 50 km from Alicante and famous for its historic monumental architecture, Easter Processions and traditional gastronomy, including convent-made sweets and cakes.
Every year, at the end of January, Orihuela commemorates that back in the XV century it was one of the most imporant cities in the Kingdom...Read More
Every 28 February, still in the middle of winter, Alicante dresses up bright and colourful to celebrate Andalucia Day.
The event features participants from many associations established not just in Alicante city but in the province too.
People parade, sing and dance traditional music all day, with most of the activities taking place in Explanada de España.
The most attractive feature is the...Read More
It was on St Barbara’s Day, December the fourth, when Alfonso X El Sabio finally took posession of Alicante Castle, then in Arab hands, back in 1248.
If you didn’t know, St Barbara is the patron saint of artillerymen and jobs which deal with explosives. Brave woman!
The castle was used as a jail for prisoners during The Spanish Civil War (you can still see some graffiti and...Read More
This time round Mascarat opted for a full day of culture and gastronomy, and Xativa was the chosen destination.
An hour and a quarter to the north of Alicante, this small town, sometimes known as The City of 1000 Fountains, has a marvellous castle, walled enclosure and historic heritage. Our guide told us the secrets of the two Pope Borjas born here, Calixto III and Alejandro VI, as well as...Read More
Now that the good weather has arrived in Alicante, there aren’t many better things than a cold beer as the temperature starts to rise at midday. Apparently, the Egyptians built a civilisation on it, and it has always been linked to the areas around the Mediterranean and a healthy diet, if only for the antioxidants 😉
That’s why, on this occasion, Mascarat treated us to a fantastic...Read More
A few weeks ago our friends in Mascarat suggested one of their favourite activities, trekking. On this occasion the association chose the district around Villena as it has a number of interesting routes, some of which follow the tracks of the former railway line that carried the train known as Chicharra (the cricket – the insect, not the game!), so you can imagine,the kind of noise it...Read More
Last March we were lucky enough to visit the Enrique Mendoza vineyards and cellars in Alfaz del Pi, a pretty little village, close to Benidorm, which is nowadays home to an international community.
Enrique Mendoza started to plant grapes in the 1960’s, but it wasn’t until a full 30 years later that wine production could start from the now mature vines.
Those 30 years of care and...Read More
A bright sunny Saturday afternoon in April took us by tram to Campello, a little fishing village just up the coast from Alicante.
There we found Javier Espi waiting for us. He’s an experienced and well-known sommelier, and perennial finalist in the legendary Nariz de Oro (golden nose) competition, where participants take part in blind tastings, guided only by their nose and taste buds....Read More
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...Read More