The colorful old town of Alicante has two very different faces: the first is the calm and peaceful one you see in the morning. On sunny days, you walk through the neighborhood and see all the colors of the buildings and the local barmen cleaning the pavement and opening up shop.
The other face is at night: the same streets are home to dozens of bars, restaurants, and drinking holes. It’s known as “el barrio” and there’s always partying going on until the wee hours, concerts, and general revelry in the streets.
Everyone knows where this neighborhood is, so if you ever have any doubts, just ask.
It is the most interesting building in town. Here you can enjoy excellent views over Postiguet beach and the marina. On the ground floor there is a tourist information office, good for picking up detailed town maps. You can start a walk through "the Esplanade", a typical Alicante park, or have a bite to eat on the beachfront in one of the bars open all year by the sea ... ..
The experience I had in the Lonja De Dénia fish market was truly authentic. As a matter of fact, it's not the easiest thing to do today, as it's generally not open to tourists (but it's just a matter of trying to enter though).
I had the experience of seeing the fish arrive at the market (around 5 PM) and seeing how the auction worked. It was fantastic. A surprising and local, every day type of event, but fascinating nonetheless. The fishermen come off the boat, transport the catch, the screen announces the fish, each person has a remote to press when the price drops to the most they're willing to pay. Everyone knows the red shrimp from Denia will be bought by someone from the most expensive restaurants, as the fill themselves with pride being able to by at such a price. It's definitely a unique experince.
On our trip to the Cova de l'Aigua, we had the opportunity to see an extraordinary view over Denia from Montgó. Just looking at the contrast of the bright colors of the buildings with the deep blue sea was one of the highlights of our trip.
The footwear pilgrimage is alive and well in Elche! Salvador Artesano has over 40 years' experience manufacturing shoes and is a pioneer in industrial tourism. In fact, they have a factory shop that is the largest in Europe.
The store is amazing. It has everything for everyone (hence the slogan "Shoes for everyone.") They also offer all kinds of items from leather goods to some really unexpected items. They have sections for children and also for special sizes.
You can visit the factory and then buy the shoes in the store. There are over 100 people working daily in the factory, and it's an experience for the whole family. I'm sure you'll leave with good memories and hey, maybe even a pair or two of shoes!
This colony was the result of a utopian socialism during the late nineteenth century. It was an autonomous town with factory buildings and housing services resulting from the industrial revolution of that time. It can be compared with industrial colonies. Although never very common in Spain, they were very common in some European countries, such as Germany and some Eastern European and South American countries in the middle of the last century. Walking around here is a cool trip into the past, the memory of our great-grandparents. Today they are shooting episodes of a popular television series on "Channel 9", the Valencian regional television station. It's called "The white farmhouse" and goes right back to the same years in which the colony was teeming with life and color. From here there are several hiking routes on foot or by bike, there is a restaurant, but only open on the weekends...
At the end of Granadella creek, you can find Luis where you can rent a kayak, for two people for 12 € and for one person for 8 € per hour. You start in the same cove, make a left turn along beautiful cliffs, moving toward the Discoverer Island and you will see nothing but, after paddling for about 10 to 15 minutes, you will see a great rock and a hidden beach which is an ideal place to take a break and take a dip. Continue on to the Discoverer Island and you again see a new wonder of nature, a beautiful cove (La Cueva del Llop Marí), easy to access. After visiting the cave we left, skirted the island and returned to the Granadella Creek. A morning full of surprises, surrounded by stunning panoramic views. I am sorry that I did not take my video camera and I apologize for the poor quality images. I would like to return to take a great video.
Really for Santa Pola and its neighbors this is an abandoned mill, not a watchtower as many believe, or have been told. Here is a link that properly explains and makes sure that we have not doubt if this little corner of Santa Pola is a joke, or just a part of the history of our people.
From Mutxamel airfield, you can hire planes to take a tour of the skies and see the area from the air. It's a great way to see more than 20 kilometers of beaches of El Campello and surrounding areas. I had not ever been in an aircraft and the experience was very strange, it felt like we were still, but in reality we were flying at about 250 miles per hour. The cabin is small, but can fit four people comfortably.
El Campello has several treasures: "The Illeta" is one of the most important sites of the Mediterranean, two Osborne bulls and two sixteenth century watchtowers from a time when pirates ravaged the coasts. This tower, Torre del Barranc d'Aigues (or Lloma de Reixes) is nestled in one of the most charming places, but it needs a little restoration to ensure that the path that leads there makes for a pleasant experience. The views from the top are spectacular!
The laundry in Benissivà stopped being used years ago, only the water that runs straight to it kept it alive. This neglect is precisely the charm of the laundry house because the moss and vegetation that has invaded all around it gives you this special picture. Now it is surrounded by orange groves and mandarin trees which no longer provide water.