Category Archives: Alicante

La Vila Joiosa: the joyful town

La Vila Blog

… typical old town street of La Vila Joiosa

La Vila Joiosa is a coastal town within easy reach of Alicante via an excellent tram service. It may not be the best known tourist destination on the Mediterranean coast, but for me it is one of the best places to relax. La Vila Joiosa literally means “The Joyful Town”, although the inhabitants often abbreviate it to La Vila.

La playa Blog

…the central beach of La Vila

It has over 2 miles of beach with a promenade and some of the best year-round weather in all of Spain.

House on the Square Blog

… blue house, old town square …

The iconic multi-colored houses of the old town provide a unique backdrop to the beach. It still retains the typical plan of a 14th century coastal settlement, with long streets descending to the sea.

Quiet Street Blog

… colors of the old town …

Local tradition explains that the houses were painted in bright colors so that sailors could spot them from their ships.

Carrer Soletat BlogLaV

… morning laundry, Carrer (street) Soletat

Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Blog

… the Gothic church of Nuestra Señora de Asunción (bell tower)

Jardin Blog

… street garden …

Since the 19th century La Vila Joiosa has been famous as a center for the production of chocolate. The town has three chocolate factories, all of which can be visited. The Valor Chocolate factory is perhaps the most famous, but there is also the Perez Chocolate factory and the Clavileno Chocolate factory.

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Barrio Santa Cruz, Alicante

View of the Barri - Blog

Barrio Santa Cruz

Hugging the slopes of Mount Benacantil, shadowed by the Santa Bárbara castle (Castillo de Santa Bárbara) is the historic and charming neighborhood (barrio) known as Santa Cruz (Santa Creu in Catalan/Valencian) in the city of Alicante. Santa Cruz is a cluster of traditional white houses, well cared for and uniquely decorated, build on the foundations of the earliest settlements in Alicante. The views from the terraces are spectacular. Good walking shoes are essential to explore this neighborhood, as it has many (many) stairs and is accessed only by foot.

A Place to Rest - Barri Vell - Santa Creu Alicante Blog

… a study in blue…

Window Flowers - Barri Vell - Santa Creu Blog

… a barrio balcony…

Gnomes Barri Vell - Santa Creu Blog

… barrio gnomes …

A bit of shade Barri Vell - Santa Creu Blog

… a bit of shade …

Holy Face Barri Vell - Santa Creu Blog

… pride and faith …

Perfect match - Barri Vell Santa Creu Blog

… harmony …

Green and Red Barri Vell - Santa Creu Blog

… near the fountain, Calle de San Rafael

Calle de San Rafael is the central street of the neighborhood and located there is El Rincon de Antonio — a great place to enjoy good wine and traditional local food served with generous hospitality!

Also located on Calle San Rafael is the social center and office of the Hermandad de Santa Cruz (Brotherhood of the Holy Cross), famous for their Holy Week procession. They operate a small, lively café.

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All photos © La Gringa Ibérica