November 2020

Not all Scots are mad but I am





Fiesta In Alcoy.

Fiestas don’t come much bigger, more colourful or much louder than the Moors and Christians festival held in Alcoy,  Spain. It is held over three days and nights in April.

More than a hundred bands take part all being cheered and applauded and covered with confetti,  thrown from the buildings by thousands of onlookers from all over Europe. The only part I did not like was the queues of traffic when you arrive at Alcoy.  Park anywhere you can we were told by the very obliging policeman. Its all uphill or downhill depending which way you are going, but it’s worth it. Unfortunately I was with my wife and our friends Maurice and Ann who all walk a lot and are very fit . Me?  I am unfit and was in agony for three days after the fiesta, did I say it was worth it?  Next time training before going to a town like Alcoy which is all built on hills is a must.


Located in the Sierra de Aitana just 24km inland from Benidorm on the Costa Blanca South. Guadalest is a very beautiful village with a historical castle which dates from Moorish occupation in the 8th century.

Guadalest is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca, seeing many visitors from all over the World throughout the year.

Occupying a stunning position nicknamed the Eagles Nest, is carved into the very mountain itself. Precariously perched on the top of the mountain, giving stunning views of the valley below leading to the Mediterranean on one side and a large colourful reservoir on the other. A breathtaking drive up the mountains winding road with fabulous views make the journey worthwhile.
The video gives you an idea what to expect but until you see Guadalest personally you will not see it’s true beauty.
The video was shot in January.

The village has cobbled footpaths, museums, gift shops, crafts, restaurants, bars and whitewashed buildings showing its Islamic origin.  There is also a solar boat trip available on the reservoir below, yes a boat powered only by solar power and so quiet you can hear yourself think.  The winding pathways you must take to reach the top of Guadalest are lined with charming little shops, full of local product and gift items. You can carry on to the village square at the top, where you will get spectacular views of the mountain and the turquoise reservoir , absolutely stunning and worth a visit.

Hasta Luego