Category: Costa Blanca


The Chief Coastal Officer Rosa de los Rios was in Pilar de la Horadada last week looking at the damage caused to local beaches by the recent storms.
She was accompanied by the mayor together with the head of the Provincial Coastal Service Alicante alo…



Alcalá del Júcar is a really lovely place to visit – lots of water, lots of old buildings, narrow picturesque streets, and the whole place hidden in the dreary flat plain that you cross when you drive from Alicante to Madrid. And now, for the Easter weekend (2 to 6 April) there’s also a craft fair.

A real craft fair, with real craft work to be seen on the stalls, made by the people on the stall. Nothing imported, nothing from small factories, all carefully and lovingly made by people who chose this way of life.

Amata, the craft association which created and registered the “Artesanía de Autor” label, will be setting up a fair in Alcalá for the second year running. Amata is a craft association dedicated to preserving and enhancing craft work in Spain. Amata inspects workshops, critically examines how goods are made and who makes them, checks that what is on the stall is made by the people on the stall – a guarantee that any visitor to the market will find goods that are original and of good quality.

There will be some forty stalls with ceramics, with wooden toys and leather handbags, with painted T-shirts, hand made shoes and sandals, design jewelry in silver, ceramics, wood, silk and recycled materials, puppets and soft toys, even mosaics. Plus there are stalls with food.

For younger visitors there are workshops where they can learn how to make their own work piece – a valuable introduction to the idea of doing things for one’s self. The workshops are run by people on the stalls, they charge a little money for materials. Then there is a merry-go-round for very young children, a young couple who make thousands of soap bubbles, and wooden table games for children of any age.

All is set up in the shade of some high trees at the foot of the hill on which Alcalá del Jucar is built, almost next to the river. What a lovely place to spend a day – there are plenty of restaurants nearby and the town itself is a delight to visit, with a Roman bridge, three large caves and its own impressive castle; visitors can also enjoy numerous activities such as horse riding, rafting, fishing, climbing and various guided walking tours.

One of Spain’s many “caminos de Santiago” (the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella) passes through the village and for people who don’t want to follow a guide nor walk the odd 1,000 kms there are a number of sign-posted local walks.

The Market opens on Thursday afternoon at 6 pm; on Friday, Saturday and Sunday opening times are from 11 to 2 in the morning and from 5 till late in the afternoon and evening and on Monday only in the morning from 11 to 2. To get to Alcalá del Júcar follow the main autovia from Alicante to Madrid and turn off just past Almansa; Alcalá del Júcar lies half way between Almansa and Requena.

To find the market with your GPS: the address is Callejón La Virgen. More information on the market to be found on the Amata web page (, also in English) or you can ring Elvira (who speaks English) on 639 979 678.

Photographs of last year¡s event are at

For accomodation or excursions you can ring the tourist office on 967 473 090.

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On Sunday 22nd a group of 230 residents in Orihuela Costa held a lunch meeting to show their support for Pedro Mancebo after his 6 years as a local political leader.
One of the organisers, Escher Bookelaar said “Pedro Mancebo has…


Yvonne & Emiliano

Yvonne Haughton has joined colleagues Victoria and Rodger Cartledge in being selected to play a part in a Spanish TV series.

Yvonne joins the duo back on set in “Los Invisibles”, this time for TV and not like in Siesta Productions feature film, The Cucaracha Club, which is due for release later this year.

She finds herself back in front of a camera this week playing a lawyer, whilst pint sized Vicky is currently playing a BBC reporter, and her father Rodger is playing a camera man.

Stunning Yvonne, who is fluent in 4 languages, adapts very quickly for a lady who only recently became an actress. Along with her daughters Luccia, and more recently her youngest daughter Sarah, who made her film debut with a walk-on part in a Café scene that Yvonne appears in, whilst making The Cucaracha Club.

Yvonne made her debut on stage 3 years ago in “Allo Allo” playing Helga, and has not looked back or stopped acting since, even playing a stripper in her last stage play, “Not Now Darling” often repeated on Viva TV.

Yvonne has become so in love with acting that she took on the post of Treasurer of The ADHOC Players, a natural task for the lady who was discovered while working in her local bank in San Luis.

Life has changed dramatically in more than one sense for this beautiful German actress and her English Husband, for they now frequent such company as Spanish Champion lightweight boxer Emiliano Casal and top British Actor Tom Watt.

The boxer and former Eastenders actor met Yvonne on set last year while working on The Cucaracha Club. They both think that Yvonne is a natural and will go a long way both on stage and on film, and not just driving the fantastic car that David, her husband built specially for her to drive in her film role as a spy.

The car, a copy of the white Trans Am that Burt Reynolds drove in Smokey and The Bandit, was displayed in Cabo Roig last week at the St Patricks Day Parade with members of Siesta and ADHOC in the celebrations. More information can be found by visiting

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Due to the bad weather forecast the craft people who set up their stalls every Saturday morning in the square in front of the Post Office in Jávea, decided to cancel the fair this week.

But, to their annoyance this Saturday, the 21st, proved to be a nice spring day! The artesans want to appologize to all who came to see them and only found an empty square.

They promise to be there this Saturday (the 28th – if the weather permits!), but the next week, Easter Saturday, they have to give it another miss, because the square will not be available. After Easter, from the 4th of April, they hope to be able to set up stall every Saturday again till the end of May.

If you want to see if the fair is on, who is coming and what they make (and sell), have a look at under “Coming events”. More information (also in English) on 639 979 678.

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