Alcoy is known as “The Town of the Bridges” as it has more than twenty and due to its wonderful Christmas celebrations and blankets of crispy snow in the winter, it has also adopted the name “The Christmas Town”.
Alcoy boomed in the Industrial Revolution, specialising in the textile, metal and paper industry. It grew and developed into a wealthy area which is evident from its modern, architectural buildings. What makes Alcoy so unique and special for Christmas is that it was the first place in the world to celebrate the Cavalcade of Magi, a traditional parade for the Three King’s Day. Nowadays, practically every city in Spain and most in Mexico hold their own Cavalcade of Magi, a parade where the three kings, Melchior, Gaspar and Baltasar ride through the streets throwing sweets to the children. In the Plaza de España, a special nativity scene is erected in front of the Santa Maria Church and throughout December and early January Alcoy has a large Christmas market.
We will have a guided tour (with 2 guides to enable smaller groups) followed by a Spanish lunch in a very special restaurant, located in a natural cave next to any underground river, the Restaurante La Gruta, after which there will be time to visit the Christmas market or to enjoy a hot chocolate or mulled wine in one of the many cafe bars, before our return to Javea. Price 45 euros per person – please see full details and the menu on our Spanish Culture and Cuisine page, Angela & Tony.