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
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
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
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
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
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