New Civilization News: Renewing energy in Alicante (Spain)    
 Renewing energy in Alicante (Spain)17 comments
picture 12 Aug 2006 @ 16:35, by Silvia M.S

I've spent a beautiful week in Alicante, located on the Spanish East coast. The tourists that visit this area usually go to the most touristy spot: Benidorm, full of beaches and pubs. But Alicante has many other interesting places, less crowded and worthy to be visited: Altea, Calpe, Guadalest, Jalón... I invite you to travel there with me through this article and have a look by yourself :-).

The little villages along the coast, like Altea are lovely. Hilly and narrow alleyways paved with cobblestones, white houses looking to the world through old balconies, the sun playing at dawn on the surface of the peaceful Mediterranean sea...




Alicante has many other interesting spots. There are breathtaking mountains where the wind whispers at your ear. Atop of them you can go back in time, feeling the history excavated on the rocks, witness of invasions and recaptures. There you can come across a cleft running through a rocky mountain and arrive to Guadalest, an old fortress built by the Moors over 1200 years ago. It can be only accessed through this tunnel carved through 50 feet of solid rock and its views over the valley are spectacular.

Guadalest from the outside:


Accessing to the village:


Inside the ancient fortress:



Local villagers are kind and welcoming, and the atmosphere is lively day and night. Moreover, the gastronomy is excellent, as in any part of Spain. Plenty of sidewalk cafés in the streets, full of people enjoying the colourful salads, lamb slowly roasted over wood, the famous paella or desserts that would make you feel like if you had arrived to a sweet heaven.




In summary, Alicante is a charming place worthy to be visited. I've come back home with renewed energy after letting nature embrace me in this beautiful land. A great holiday!


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12 Aug 2006 @ 18:36 by jstarrs : That was a wonderful journey...
...thanks do much.
That lamb dish looks extraordinarily good!
I always had this idea that that part of Spain was sadly stuffed with daft english tourists but you've proved me wrong!

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You're right, there are a lot of english people in the area, but not only tourists, as many have been living there for years. But most of the tourist focus on the Benidorm area, so the rest of Alicante is not so crowded.  



13 Aug 2006 @ 15:07 by neva : Charming and Beautiful
What a lovely find. Beautiful scenery.

That picture of the guy in the red shirt, leaning on that small stone wall, off into that abyss of water below was kinda scary! The view amazing there too, though.

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Hi Neva! Guadalest is for sure not a place for people who suffer from vertigo hehehe. The views from there are breathtaking.  



14 Aug 2006 @ 18:36 by jobrown : Ohhhh, Silvia,
this all is so very lovely! You said one time to me that I would love it there in Northern Spain, close to the coast. You were/are right; I would!
Have a great day, Sweet Darling Gal! : )/ Astrid

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Hi Astrid, oh yes, this area is lovely. The North is much green, with beautiful lakes and rivers, so sure that you would like!
Have a wonderful weekend! :-)  



15 Aug 2006 @ 17:44 by b : I once lived in Alicante
for a few months in the last century. I lived on a ship in the port. I would go on long walks exploring the town. Very nice. Thanks for the beautiful pics of present day Alicante.

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Wow, living in a ship, that sounds nice! So did you sail by all the Mediterranean sea?  



15 Aug 2006 @ 18:00 by iamramtha : Renewing Energy
Great posting Silvia. What a beautiful country you live in. Thank You for sharing.

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Thanks for commenting! I'm glad you like my country. I'm in love with its varied landscapes, from North to South, from East to West the landscape changes completely.  



16 Aug 2006 @ 10:38 by nemue : Memories
Brings back many WONDERFUL memories of my visits to Spain and Alicante. My In-Laws lived not far from there in Torrevieja and Alicante was a favourite shopping destination.

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Hi Nemue! So you've been in Spain as well. I couldn't go to Torrevieja, probably next time! :-). Next week I'm going to a rural house in the mountains of Avila, have you been there as well? I will post here some photos when I'm back at the end of the month :-)  



19 Aug 2006 @ 08:12 by nemue : Lovely
No I haven't been Avila but I would really love to see some photo's. Torrevieja is lovely. Blessings Salama

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I'm back home today after a week in Avila, what a lovely place! I'll post about it here in a few days, when I organize the pictures.  



24 Aug 2006 @ 04:54 by Prem Kumar @61.1.188.146 : Heart Touch
Dear Silvia

Your poems and article affect the inner part of my heart. Every line of your article is more informative and personally I felt that physically I am there in the places your visited. Every picture not only representing the place it also explaining your nature. Very Good work and please keep in touch with me. Take care........Prem

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Dear Prem, many thanks for your lovely comment, how nice to know that you've been touched by my writings! Your poems are also very touching, please keep writing them.
I've came back from the holidays in Avila this evening and will post about it in a few days. I'll reply your message tomorrow, as now it's getting too late. Best regards from Asturias!  



5 Oct 2006 @ 15:16 by rayon : Did you See yet
the film of Penelope Cruz in Volver - all these pictures remind me of this. It is a real life movie like these real life photos! Again reminding me of the latest news of which I have just been informed: they are planning to close down the large orginal Kensington Odeon cinema, one of the best cinemas in London, to make way for more upper market flats. The newly formed sector of Happy Ones, should be distinctly unhappy about this. There is a huge vast derelict horrible cinema in Nottinghill Gate with grass growing from the windows ledges which no one cares if they turn into Flats, and several others too in which look as chickens roost there. But to pull down London's most well know family cinema in a nice place is just plain crazy. Please add your comment

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Front line battle star: And leave your comments here for publication in the Evening Standard newspaper who's HQ is in the heart of Kensington.

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It's really a pity that the Odeon is going to be closed down. Each time that an old building with a lot of history disappears is like if part of our memories were stolen.
We have the same problem in my city. For instance, all the old cinemas that we used to have are now shopping centers or big cinemas with several rooms. I liked so much those little ones!

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So, Spain has the same problems too, I am sorry.  



20 Oct 2006 @ 14:28 by Susana B. @156.35.192.3 : una zona preciosa
He estado en Alicante varias veces y desde luego me parece una zona estupenda, y el buen tiempo se agradece.Silvia,tus fotos son preciosas,tienes muy buen ojo para la fotografia. Y tu blog es muy variado, ¡me encanta!
Saludos, Susana  



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