Xabia: Facts and anecdotes - Did you know … that for a short space of time Jávea had an airfield?
Thu, 07 Oct 2021 19:29:22 GMT
Of course, this was not for commercial purposes nor was it for use by hobby pilots. Rather, it was for war planes!​In 1936 the democratically elected leftist Popular Front came into government, but later that same year a coup d´état against the Republic was led by fascist Franco and the Army. This was the start of the violent Civil War of 1936-1939. Jávea remained loyal to the Republicans and in 1937, to protect this part of the coast from the fascists, an airfield [...]
Amateur free divers find gold coins dating to the fall of the Roman Empire in the Bahia de Portitxol, Xàbia
Tue, 28 Sep 2021 13:52:08 GMT
Two amateur divers swimming along the Spanish coast have discovered a huge hoard of 1,500-year-old gold coins, one of the largest on record dating to the Roman Empire.The divers, brothers-in-law Luis Lens Pardo and César Gimeno Alcalá, discovered the gold stash while vacationing with their families in Xàbia, a coastal Mediterranean town and tourist hotspot. The duo rented snorkeling equipment so they could go freediving with the goal of picking up trash to beautify [...]
Xàbia : Facts and Anecdotes...Did you know that in the old town of Javea there are over 35 devotional "hornacinas" ?
Sat, 07 Aug 2021 13:20:24 GMT
These were niches in a house façade with a religious figure in form of a statuette, painting or ceramics. These symbolic representations, usually of a saint or a Virgin Mary, served as transcendental intermediaries to God and were invoked especially in moments of need or crisis and for protection against sickness and agricultural disaster. There was usually one in a street which would serve the needs of all the neighbours, so that when someone was ill, the figure would be taken to the bed [...]
Xabia : Facts and Anecdotes:  Did you know ... that one of the best-known crimes committed in Jávea became notorious because of its connection with the famous Valencian artist Joaquin Sorolla ?
Tue, 06 Jul 2021 14:00:54 GMT
For several years Sorolla, his family and a few servants would come from Madrid to spend long summer holidays in Javea. In 1905 pretty 23 year-old Ramona had been working for Sorolla for a year and was undeniably his favorite. So of course, she was one of the party.One day, Ramona and Asunción, another servant, went to a nearby waterwheel to wash clothes for the family when suddenly they were approached by a tall, well-built young man who started to talk with Ramona, then quarrel with her, [...]
Xàbia: Facts and anecdotes ..... Did you know…
Fri, 11 Jun 2021 13:45:32 GMT
… that the tall, straight trees with huge leaves and beautiful violet blossoms that we see beside the Gata road and in several other sites in Jávea are called “Paulownia” ?  This tree was named in honour of the 18th century Grand Duchess Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Queen consort of the Netherlands. Although it is native to China, Laos and Vietnam, Paulownia  has long been commercially cultivated in Korea and Japan. It is known in English as the Empress tree, [...]
AMUX visits the Castle of Ocaive, Pedreguer on May 15th
Sat, 22 May 2021 14:28:39 GMT
The Castle of Ocaive is located to the south-west of the town of Pedreguer, within its municipal area, on top of a crag at the foot of the "muntanya gran" a place with an important natural defence. It features an impressive vertical wall on the north and west faces. Although The site was occupied during the Bronze Age and Iberian period, the architectural structures found at its highest point date from Medieval times (13th-14th centuries). These consist of the remains o [...]
Xàbia: Facts and anecdotes --- Did you know that Xàbia is interconnected with Algeria....?
Sun, 09 May 2021 14:46:17 GMT
In the second half of the 19th century, economic activity in Xàbia and the Marina Alta centred mainly on the production and export of raisins. The situation changed with the advent of the 20th century. In the early years of the new century, the Phylloxera plague spread throughout the region and the raisin sector went into crisis. At that time, part of the local population was forced to emigrate to Algeria in order to find work. There, in that region of North Africa, the men from the Marin [...]
A walk to visit the Jesús Pobre windmills - 17th April
Thu, 08 Apr 2021 12:01:59 GMT
Most of the windmills in the Valencian region were built in the Marina Alta. There have been windmills in our region since medieval times, possibly even during the Andalusian period. The largest concentration of windmills is in the area around Montgó, Xàbia, with 12 mills, Gata with 3, Pedreguer with 2 and Dénia, with 5.​The three mills of Jesús Pobre, a district of Dénia (now designated with the curious name of an EATIM: (entidad de ámbito territorial inferior al municipio - Territorial [...]
Xabia : Facts and anecdotesDid you know…that the mona de Pascua“ (Easter Mona) is....
Sat, 03 Apr 2021 18:12:08 GMT
... a centuries-old tradition in the Valencian and Catalan regions? It is possible that the name harks back to the Arabic word „muna“ in the 15th century, a provision or gift, that was paid in kind as a land tax. Here in Xabia, until not long ago, it was made in each household during the Easter Week. The ladies would knead and knead the dough until  it had the right consistency and then it would be laid to rest under a multitude of covers and blankets in the matrimoni [...]
AMUX on hold because of Covid
Thu, 21 Jan 2021 06:35:52 GMT
We had intended to organise an excursion to the windmills at Jesus Pobre this month. However, the Covid 19 situation has rapidly worsened and the committee has regretfully decided to cancel all AMUX activities for the time being.This means we cannot yet set a date for our Annual General Meeting. The Committee will meet virtually in February to assess the situation and decide on a course of action.In the meantime, we will try to keep you updated with archaeological and museum news through Faceboo [...]