Xàbia : Facts and Anecdotes .. Did you know...that Xàbia’s one and only cinema theatre - Cine Jayan - is the sole family-owned cinema in the whole region to survive the onslaught TV, video rentals and Netflix?
Tue, 07 Jun 2022 20:00:10 GMT
​Cine Jayan - is the sole family-owned cinema in the whole region to survive the onslaught first of TV, then video rentals and finally internet  movie channels like Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime ? By the 1930s almost all the towns around Xabìa had their own family-owned cinema theaters. Xabìa´s first cinema, Cine Espinos, was opened around 1915 by Antoni Espinos Llopis. This was located in what is today the parking lot of Restaurant Trinquet. It had been a casino b [...]
Los molinos de viento - The Windmills  (J.Bolufer Marqués, Museu de Xàbia) Thursday, 26 may,. 19.30 pm. Auditorium Museu de Xàbia
Mon, 16 May 2022 18:38:54 GMT
Xàbia is the home to one of the most important groups of windmills in the Mediterranean. Eleven are lined up in a row running from east to west on the "Trencall de la Plana". Another, the Safranera windmill, is isolated and lies very close to the river, south of Xàbia Old town. These windmills have been documented in Xàbia since medieval times and they were in use until the end of the 19th century, when other forms of energy, new technologies and other factors, relegated the [...]
Xàbia : Facts and Anecdotes. Did you know… that the streets of Xàbia were totally dark at night until the mid 19th C. ?
Fri, 13 May 2022 17:03:52 GMT
Barcelona was the first city in Spain to get street lighting in 1841 and Madrid, Valencia and Cadiz not long after. Alicante followed in 1861. Not all streets, but the major ones were illuminated with lampposts - gas or kerosene - except on nights of full moon !We do not know the exact year when Xàbia got its street lights, but it seems to have been one of the first in the region. We know for sure that the more important streets and squares were already lit in 1859 (with oil street lamps) [...]
Xàbia : Facts and Anecdotes - Did you know ...that in 1960 the population of Xàbia was only around 6000 inhabitants ?
Tue, 05 Apr 2022 17:16:11 GMT
Precise statistics on demography are only available since 1857, so the earlier centuries´ population count is only approximate. In Moorish times there was no urban nucleus and Xàbia consisted of little „alquerias“ (clusters of houses) „in valle yxabee“ (in the valley of Xàbia - quotation from a document written in 1258 ). After the moors were subjugated in 1244 the Valencian coast was exposed for centuries to attacks by pirates and Berber corsairs comi [...]
Did you know……….that there are traces, even today, of a centuries-old rivalry between Xàbia and Denia?
Tue, 08 Mar 2022 14:41:13 GMT
This phenomenon is often seen all over the world between neighbouring towns - or even countries, for that matter. Nearer home, we also see it between Ondara and Pedreguer and between Gandia and Oliva.In Roman times, the lands of Xàbia were part of the ager de Dianium, the only municipium that existed between Valentia (Valencia) and Alonis (La Vila Joiosa). Centuries later, in the Islamic era, it also formed part of the territory of the big city of Daniya. With the conquest [...]
Xàbia Museum on TV in an "Arqueomanía" documentary - "Bajo el Mediterraneo"
Fri, 25 Feb 2022 09:02:44 GMT
This half hour documentary, which aired on 24th February features the museum of Xàbia, an interview with Director Ximo Bolufer and footage of the underwater excavations carried out in Portitxol bay. It follows a talk given to AMUX by archaeologist Alejandro Peréz on February 9th in which he described the great importance of Portitxol as an ancient and unique anchorage.  [...]
Xàbia : Facts and Anecdotes - Did you know.. that Xàbia´s original Iberian gold treasure might have remained in Xàbia had there been a law for the protection of Spain´s patrimony when the treasure was found back in 1904 ?
Sun, 06 Feb 2022 19:14:55 GMT
The first law regulating Spanish historical heritage was the Law of Excavations and Antiquities of 1911. There were other subsequent regulations until the drafting and approval of the Spanish Historical Heritage Law of 1985, which is still in force. In 1998 the Generalitat Valenciana approved the Llei del Patrimoni Cultural Valencià, a specific law for the Valencian Comunidad. Both the 1985 law and the Generalitat's regulation specify that all objects "coming from excavations, earthworks [...]
Did you know... that in 1987-88 Xàbia averted a possible ecological disaster in the area of Els Pallers (Portitxol)
Sat, 15 Jan 2022 17:56:35 GMT
In 1987-88 Xàbia averted a possible ecological disaster in one of the last few virgin coastal strips in its municipality, and with that, steered away from a future of mass tourism ? Xàbia today would not be the town we know, had the massive project of the International Boy Scouts been realised. This foresaw a World Center in the Portitxol  area of Els Pallers, between Cap Prim and La Barraca. There they wanted to make a port for water sport activities and housing for at least [...]
Xàbia : Facts and Anecdotes - Did you know that  almond trees were first brought here in approximately 800 BC?
Mon, 06 Dec 2021 19:19:42 GMT
The almond trees, which we are so familiar with in our region, were first brought here in approximately 800 BC. Originally from Central and Western Asia, it was the Phoenicians and later the Greeks who brought them to the Iberian peninsula. However it was only from the Arab period onwards (8th century ) that almond trees were properly cultivated. The Arabs brought with them their tradition of confectio [...]
AMUX visits the MARQ (Etruscans - the dawn of Rome), Lucentum and has a meal near the Playa de San Juan - 11/13/21
Tue, 16 Nov 2021 18:03:18 GMT
31 members of AMUX and five of their friends visited Alicante on Sunday 14th November to take a guided tour of the special international exhibition “Etruscans – the dawn of Rome” at the MARQ museum.  The tour, which was conducted in Castellano and English, was fascinating, although it was a bit rushed.  Perhaps this was due to the Covid restrictions and the large number of visitors there who were keen to see the beautiful artefacts created by this mysterious and sophisticated Ita [...]