Sunday, February 17, 2019

Back to the polls

Following the failure to get his budget plan passed, the Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced on Friday a snap general election for April 28. It will be the third general election In Spain in four years. Spaniards were not due to be called to the polls again until 2020.

The decision rules out the possibility of a so-called “Super Sunday” on May 26, the day that local, regional and European elections will take place.


Yesterday's parade for the Medio Ano Festero was more colourful than last year's.

Amongst the groups of participants were Mickey and Minnie mouse.

We even had baby mice!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Historical documents.

You can access historical documents preserved in archives by the Town Hall, Bigastro by following this link.Unfortunately, some of the documents were written in pen and ink and the ink has faded.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Help at hand

I doubt that we would qualify.

The plan offers three million Euros to improve access, bathrooms and kitchens in older houses.

Monday, February 11, 2019

For all lovers (of good food!).

Let me run you through the menu:

Four starters including squid, cod croquettes, artichokes with ham and eggs on top, goat's cheese salad.

Choice of grilled tuna or steak.

Chocolate coulant with a fudge biscuit.


Choice of red or white wine, beer, soft drinks and water.

Enjoy great food and win a prize

The 7th Tapa Route! On the 23rd and 24th of February, visit the establishments participating in this route, download the APP and value the tapas, among all the people who value the tapas, there will be a raffle of 3 prizes of € 50.

 SELFIE CONTEST 1.To participate in this contest, you must like the Facebook Page of the Town Hall of Bigastro.

Recent works

Parc Guell, Barcelona - oil on canvas 90x45cms. 
Sa Calobra, Mallorca - oil on canvas 41x35.5cms

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Alicante good food guide

You can pick up a copy from the Town Hall.

Friday, February 08, 2019

Time to celebrate

The new people running the restaurant/bar are celebrating their first year on Saturday.

Apart from the music, there will be free tapas on the night.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Un ano mas

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

For World Cancer Day

The Town Hall have lit up the Plaza de la Constitucion green for World Cancer Day. All those who have suffered from cancer like Pam and I, very much appreciate this.

Even those who have not had some form of cancer will know of people who are being treated, have survived and those who lost their lives to cancer.

Monday, February 04, 2019

The first stage

An individual time trial of 10.2kms.

Made it

After an intense weekend of preparations and promotions, the Ruta Alquibla is now officially opened. Those who set off yesterday and followed the route around the Huerta, the town and La Pedrera  declared it a great success.

The Provincial President, along with the Alcaldesa and the Councillor for the Environment lead the walkers along the way as they set off from the Town Square

Just to remind you, Bigastro made a bid for this project along with 16 other municipalities. Bigastro won and were rewarded with a 300,000 investment from Alicante Province. There followed a huge amount of work putting up signposts and maps, creating points of interest, producing promotional material etc etc. It has all been well thought out and carefully planned for.

If you asked me whether Bigastro could be a tourist destination six months ago, I would have scratched my head to find any reason why people would come here. We have to remember though that there are many different forms of tourism.

Some towns have historic buildings, castles, museums, art galleries and beaches that attract visitors. Bigastro lacks any of those and so it had to look at what it did have and that is its environs in particular, the historic market garden and the scenic beauty of La Pedrera. It is a place where lovers of the countryside and fresh air can come and enjoy a ramble taking in some of the history at the same time.

 Now the job is to capitalise on this investment and attract visitors to the town. 

In order to do this though we need two further projects to come to fruition, we need somewhere for the people to stay and somewhere for them to eat.

In our discussions, the mayor suggested a hotel. There is of course, the campsite at La Pedrera which offers spaces for caravans and mobile homes along with wooden chalets and brick build buildings to accommodate groups.  However, there is nothing in the town itself. I think it is more likely a bed and breakfast is needed - a place where people can stay for the weekend whilst they explore the route and maybe visit neighbouring towns.

Just as important though is somewhere they can eat. There are many bars serving food and the restaurants at La Pedrera. but nowhere in the town itself where people can sit down for a full meal.

To quote the Spanish phrase though, "poco a poco" - one step at a time. Thanks to the hard work of many, a great start has already been made.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Brave souls

Well at least it was dry!!

Hundreds gathered in the Plaza de la Constitucion this morning ready to take part in the first official walk of the Ruta Alquibla.

The wind had calmed a little during the night and so the hope was for a pleasant walk. Most sections of the route though are on open ground and the wind was blowing quite strong by the time they set off.

The plan was to walk the Huerta section first, then the Casco Urbano part and finally the route around La Pedrera. I can well imagine that there will be some who will feel that they have had enough by the time the get back to the town from la Huerta and will be heading to the bars taking a warm drink!

You can see my photos by using the link in the left hand sidebar.

Saturday, February 02, 2019

Damned wind again!

It is just me or have we suffered from more periods of strong winds this winter? 

Officially open

Last night, the new tourist route project around Bigastro was officially opened.

On the panel were representatives of the two routes that meet the Ruta Alquibla; the Costa Blanca Interior route and the southern section of the Camino de Santiago. Also there were; Teresa María Belmonte Sánchez  (Mayor President), Antonio José Meseguer Cabañés (Councillor for the Environment), Pascual Segura (Official Chronicler) and Efren Pamies (local policemen who has a great interest in the fauna and flora of the area).

Earlier in the week, the new Tourist Office was also officially opened.

On Sunday, at 10am, townsfolk and visitors are invited to take part in the first walk around the route.