jueves, 21 de abril de 2016


Balloon flights in Alicante

Would you like a balloon flight ?
To gaze a beautiful rural landscape from more than one thousand meters of altitude, in a noiseless calm flight, is ususally an amazing experience.

Balloon flights in Alicante

There is a company that offers this option, called Aeroglobo and working since 1986, with the meeting point at Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort. It´s very close to Catral town. You can get there in 15 minutes from Elche, throw AP-7 motorway. 

Balloon flights in Alicante

The flying area is located in the south of Elche, around the towns of Catral Almoradí, Callosa, and the marshland known as El Hondo.

Balloon flights in Alicante

The beginning is always in the early morning, taking advantaje of the calm breezes the balloon needs. The whole activity ( pre-flight meeting, inflating the balloon, flight, and picnic) is about 3 hours, with a flight time about one hour.

Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort

They also offer the possibility of private flights for 2 people, or a special pack with accomodation in Marjal Camping & Resort, where you could complete the balloon flight experience enjoying with spa, gym, summer pools, and heated pool.

Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort

For more information: 

Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort

sábado, 23 de enero de 2016


One of the best ideas in the Mediterranean Coast is to practice water sports. In this area, Santa Pola and Arenales beaches are excellent locations to do it. Both are popular stopping points to practice these sports thanks to the geographical location, the weather and the prevailing winds across the bay.

         “Parres Watersports” offers their services (kitesurf, windsurf, surf, sup, small sailboats, kayaking) between Arenales del Sol beach and Carabassi beach, and in La Gola beach (where you can see a bunker from the Civil War).  You can hire equipment and take clases.
You can only reach La Gola beach by a short walking from the Tamarit beach, and you have a highly recommended stroll by the shore from La Gola to Pinet beach.

Rental material-2015

courses prices - 2015

There is other option in Club Windsurf Santa Pola (Avenida Blasco Ibañez 55). Their web is

The kitesurf spots of Santa Pola fit well for any level of kitesurfers because there are not big waves. In El Altet and San Juan spots there are a lot of waves, so they are considered as spots for kitesurfers of higher level. The winds on both spots are stable all year round, but the El Altet spot is situated on a beach for holidaymakers which makes it difficult to navigate in summer.

SUP (Stand Up Paddle)
SUP (Stand Up Paddle)
Kayaking classes

The calm days when there are no waves you can enjoy kayaking to explore the bay.

viernes, 8 de mayo de 2015

Elche Outlet Route: Buying footwear.

The Outlet Route in Elche Business Park  (Elche Parque Industrial), is located between Elche and Alicante, just seven kilometres from the first city. It is made up of 29 companies of top brands from different sectors, mainly footwear.

Mustang outlet store
Mustang Outlet

The city of Elche produces 50% of the footwear manufactured in Spain and is a leading exporter across Europe. The origins go back to the late nineteenth century, when a still predominantly agricultural community began to produce shoes using vegetable fibers, as jute or hemp.

The regular opening hours of the shops are from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 16.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday, and Saturdays from 10.00 to 14.00. At certain times of year, some establishments don't close at midday. There are maps in all the stores showing the locations of the different outlets, and in

Don't miss this opportunity to tour the outlet stores of Spain's most prestigious shoe manufacturers, with different qualities and prices, and the opportunity of discount prices and bargains.

I would advise you not to attempt to negotiate the business park on foot. It is a big estate and you will get very tired if you try to hike around it. Keep your energy for the shopping experience.

Tempe outlet
Tempe Outlet

The Tempe Outlet store sell footwear and accessories from previous seasons from the Inditex trademarks (Zara, Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe).

To choose the shops that you would like to visit, here you have links of some of the available brands:

(Not very much discounts, but I like this shoes a lot)

Panama Jack Outlet
Panama Jack Outlet

(Pikolinos also has a small footwear museum, open from 11.00-12.00 and 17.00-18.00h)

The beginning: making espadrilles
The beginning: making espadrilles.
Pikolinos & Martinelli Outlet
Pikolinos & Martinelli Outlet

Guioseppo headquarter and outlet
Guioseppo headquarter and outlet

(One of the more visited shops)

Mustang headquarter and outlet
Mustang headquarter and outlet

sábado, 14 de febrero de 2015



The almond tree is one of the first trees to flower all over the world. Here in Elche countryside, just next to the Mediterranean coast, it happens in winter. In the months of January and February magic falls over the landscape. At this time, almond trees are dressed in an elegant coat of colorful blossoms, while the winter are still alive. 

Every year in these days, when hues of white and pale pink flood the scenery, it´s very nice to have a walk in the countryside, enjoying this burst of color.

almond flowers

Almond trees also start to buzz, literally, as bees go to work pollinating trees.

Bees are very busy thanks to almond trees blossom.
Bees are very busy thanks to almond trees blossom.

almond flowers

Spain is the world’s second largest producer of almonds, and most almond trees are found in the Mediterranean region. As one of the most important products cultivated in Spain, it isn’t surprising that the almond is often found in Spanish cuisine. 


lunes, 9 de febrero de 2015


The tomato with "capellán" salad is  a Mediterranean course very typical of this area. The ingredients are tomato, olives, "capellán" flakes, olive oil, and sometimes capers.

When a tourist read it in a bar menú, it isn't easy to guess what "capellán" is. And if you look for in a dictionary, to read that is a kind of priest is not a good help.

The "capellán" is a small cod relative (Micromesistius poutassou, blue whiting in English, and "bacaladilla" in Spanish), when is prepared salted and dryed with the sun. This is one of the oldest methods of preserving fish, very usual here since ancient ages.

Blue whiting or "bacaladilla"
Blue whiting or "bacaladilla"

"Capellanes" in a traditional market
"Capellanes" in a traditional market.

The "Capellan" is ready to eat, but for this traditional local salad it's grilled directly on a flame, and once the skin is toasted, it's flaked by hand (never is cut with a knife).

As the "capellán" flakes are salty, I always prefer not to add salt to the tomato, combining it with the fish. No doubt it's worth to taste it.

Tomato with "capellán" salad.
Tomato with "capellán" salad.

miércoles, 29 de octubre de 2014


Fossar street 20
The entrance to the La Marmita

"El Raval" is a small and quiet neighbourhood in Elche, next to the city center, full character and history. You can arrive in 4 or 5 minutes walking from the city hall. This district was founded in the 13th century by the muslims, after the christians retook Elche, from the point where a arquebus shot arrived from the city walls. Nowadays their streets mantein the characteristics of the first times, and they are narrow and have irregular layout. To park in El Raval is very difficult, I don't recommend you to try it. It's better to arrive by foot.

 "La marmita", also called " La marmita de vegetapa", an ecologic and vegetarian bar, is in Fossar street number 20. It's a cosy place with few tables, a perfect place for veggies and for healthy food lovers.

La Marmita 1

The meals are vegan (100% vegetarian), and the owners work under the "Slow Food" concept. This is an international movement, alternative to fast food, that strives to preserve traditional and regional cuisine and encourages local farming and  sustainable foods.

In "La marmita" you can find daily menus (9.50 , except 11.50 weekends)with appetizer, ecologic bread, 2 courses, dessert, coffee or infusion. If you don't feel like one dish, you can choose other option. These menus include for example lentils with vegan chorizo, vegetarian lasagne, scallop of mushrooms, pepper with seitan and vegan cream, broccoli croquettes, tomatoes stuffed of quinoa and pesto, or vegetarian paella. At the weekend are available tapas, and also they offer the option of take away.

La Marmita 2


Wednesday, 13.00 to 16.00h.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 13.00 to 16.00h, and 20.00 to 23.00h.
Sunday, 13.00 to 16.00h.


A weekend menu

daily menu
A daily menú