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
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...Read More
Come on, everyone loves cheese!
Last February our friends in Mascarat organised a gastro-outing to a small artisan dairy in Tibi, just half an hour from Alicante. This little place hides both a love story and the supplier of fine cheeses to the best restaurants in the province. Now we know where they come from! Lili’s goats!
During the visit, Lili, a Swiss woman married to Julian, the...Read More
Despite living here, not many of us know much about the origins of Alicante. Fortunately, our friends in Mascarat had prepared something to help us fill in the gaps: a trail from MARQ, Aliante’s award winning archeological museum, to Lucentum, one of the most important archeological sites in the whole of the Valencia region.
After visiting the exhibits in the museum, we headed off across...Read More
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...Read More