September 7, 2018

Many towns in Spain have amazing fiestas, but Villajoyosa's is unique. Not only does it feature spectacular parades through the town, but it culminates with a mock invasion of the town beach by a fleet of replica Moorish ships. The Spanish government has declared it to...

November 13, 2017

Duration: 45 mins each way. Easy walking on paved road, gentle gradients. Very little shade on second half of walk. Take water!

A gem of a walk along the slopes of the Serra Gelada nature reserve with an amazing panorama across the bay to Altea, round to the towering Pe...

November 12, 2017

Here on the Costa Blanca, paella, fish and seafood get top billing in most seafront restaurants. But meat eaters, worry not; there's plenty of variety on offer, especially as you travel further inland.

Here’s a handy translation of most of the dishes you’ll find in the...

October 30, 2017

Why go shopping in a soulless supermarket when you can buy from a Spanish mercado? They’re lively, great for people-watching and you never know when you’ll pick up a bargain.

Villajoyosa has two markets; a sprawling mercadillo held every Thursday, and the daily Mercado...

October 15, 2017

The Correfoc is an explosion of noise and fire on the street, a cacaphony of shrieking whistles, rhythmic drumming and fireworks. Groups dress up in red devil costumes, complete with horned headgear and pitchforks. They dance and caper madly, showering onlookers with s...

October 2, 2017

The Spanish play rugby! Who knew? Villajoyosa has one of the top teams in Spain. Take in a match!

July 24, 2017

There is almost no part of the pig that a Spanish chef can’t turn into something tasty; a hangover from the time when much of the rural population lived in poverty and the killing of a pig was a seriously big deal. Nothing went to waste. Curing was the only way to keep...

June 21, 2017

Villajoyosa is the Costa Blanca's hidden gem. A pretty town, a great beach and not overwhelmed by tourism. What's not to like? Here are some top things to do.

June 12, 2017

Behind the scenes at the hi-tech fish auction in La Vila Joiosa

June 1, 2017

A nice easy stroll along the seafront and then out to the clifftop tower at Malladeta to the south of La Vila

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