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
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