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
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
If you’ve never tried rafting, now’s your chance! For a day out, this time Mascarat organised a 14km descent of the Segura river between the villages of Cieza and Blanca. The source of this 325km river is in Jaen, and it then winds its way through Murcia and Albacete before meeting the sea in Guardamar del Segura, Alicante.
Before setting off, our guides/instructors taught us the...Read More