Sat 9 March 2019
Local News | Alcalalí Stepping back in to the Middle ages on the Costa Blanca.
Alcalalí Stepping back in to the Middle ages on the Costa Blanca.
March 9, 2019
If you’re looking for a real taste of Spanish history here in the Jalón Valley you will want to explore Alcalalí. With a population of less than 1500 people it is one of the smaller pueblos that belong to the Valle de Pop or Jalon Valley. Alcalalí covers an area of 14.4 square kilometres and the town itself is a real gem.
The surrounding countryside is a patchwork of agricultural land which surrounds the river running through it. The land produces grapes, olives and almonds as well as some citrus fruits. The town itself is a joy to amble around. Its narrow streets and Moorish architecture show signs of the agricultural past of the pueblo. Some of the houses still have the original wide solid wood doors, wide enough to allow the carts in and with the rings still there to tie up donkeys and mules.
Nestled in next to its big brother Jalón, Alcalalí is surrounded by mountains. It lies between the Serra de Ferrer and the Mounts of Segili and in the shadow of the magnificent Coll de Rates. The scenery is breathtaking especially in late January-February. This is the time of the almond blossom and it is worth coming to the area for this event only, even if you have time for little else. People come in their droves to witness the valley covered in a blanket of pink and white.
The area is mild and temperate and benefits from its own micro climate.
Alcalalí may be small but its rich history is evident and the local people are extremely proud of it.
The main plaza is built around the Parish Church of the Nativity of Our Lady. A stunning church which was finished in 1768, it houses some beautiful artworks and sculptures.
Opposite the church is the Medieval Tower. Originally built as a watchtower to protect the town from bandits. It has a mirador at the top which has stunning panoramic views of Alcalalí. In the past it has been a house, a grain store and a prison with a dungeon in the basement. Nowadays it is a museum with some interesting etchings and robes from the 16th century.
There is also an ethnological Museum. A fascinating insight in to the towns agricultural history. You can find restored machinery that was used in the production of wine and olive oil and a video to show you how the oil mill worked.
Alcalalí has everything you need, albeit on a small scale. There is a village shop, bakers, butchers and pharmacy as well as medical and dental services. If you want a big supermarket the nearest is in Jalón, which is a five minute drive away.
Restaurants and bars.
The main plaza is a wonderful place to dine. There are three bars in close proximity and all offer very reasonably priced tapas. Bar Torre https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/European-Restaurant/La-Torre-615372535144105/ and Bar Porsche https://www.facebook.com/BAR-PORCHE-255368524507793/ also both have an excellent menu del día. In the summer months you can spend a very pleasant evening with friends and family dining al fresco in the shadow of these beautiful historical buildings. On Friday evenings, throughout the summer months, there is also live music and dancing in the street.
Just outside the town, but still within easy walking distance, there are several very popular restaurants. Most are Spanish but some have a menu with some familiar dishes for the ex pats. If you’re feeling homesick and hankering after some traditional English grub, Restaurante Pepe http://www.restaurante-pepe.es/ serves an excellent, if unexpected, steak and kidney pudding!
Sport and Adventure.
There are some outstanding walking and hiking trails. whether you are a seasoned walker or you just want to get out and take in some scenery, there is a trail for you. One in particular not to be missed takes you up the magnificent Coll de Rates in a leisurely 3hrs and 40 mins. Although it looks a long way up, its classed as easy to moderate so anyone can have a go and the views when you get there are absolutely worth it.
If you prefer to be on two wheels, Alcalalí has it all for any level of cyclist. There are three designated trails for mountain bikers and the roads around here are full of cyclists, amateur and professional. There is a selection of Bed and breakfast establishments in the town and cycling enthusiasts make up a large proportion of their guests. Its a great starting point to some stunning routes that take you to the coastal towns all over the Costa Blanca and back in time for your dinner reservation in the plaza.
Alcalalí is a place to visit if you want atmosphere and a taste of Spanish history. Its a place to sit and watch the modern world go by. It is a place to relax and socialise. Many of our buyers search the Costa Blanca but end up inland and a lot have made Alcalali a place they call home.