RECORD TEMPERATURES RECORDED IN VALENCIA

RECORD TEMPERATURES RECORDED IN VALENCIA

Temperatures in the city of Valencia peaked at 33 degrees centigrade on Saturday, the highest temperature on record for April since 1980, according to the national meteorological office, AEMET.
Other top temperatures were recorded in Orihuela, at 30 d…

TREASURE HUNT WITH A TWIST OR TWO!

As you can see from the photo TEDDY is waiting to take part and he will be one of the prizes!

As you can see from the photo TEDDY is waiting to take part and he will be one of the prizes!

On Monday 21st of April YES that is Easter Monday Bar Sofia at El Raso are having a TREASURE HUNT to have some fun and raise some funds for The Children’s Home in Elche.

Starting out at 11.00a.m. the twist is two fold because as well as having the usual 20 items to find there will also be 10 special “finds” and not to give too much away these will be just one off’s and there will be a knife and fork to find – which will mean the finder gets a free meal, there will be a golf ball and the finder will get a round of golf, there will be a paint brush and yes you guessed the winner will get a can of paint!! or if they prefer they can choose to have a painting lesson with a well known local art teacher!!

There will be 10 special finds and to enter this Treasure Hunt is just one euro each if you register before the 21st April – you can of course just turn up on the day but registration will be double €2!! but it’s all for a good cause! Ibex Insurance are kindly sponsoring this event and everyone will get a free shopping bag and a free metallic sun shade for your car! Also acting as “Treasure Hunt Advisers” and trail setters are Mike Thornton and Jeanette Simpson from Essential life style services.

The second twist is that this TREASURE HUNT is for everyone – 500 m on the absolute flat this event is for absolutely everyone……..and has been put together with children and folk with mobility difficulties in mind – all “treasure” will be easily accessible from the road and will be laid out with the advice of a person who is either in a wheelchair or on a mobility scooter.

Free drinks will be provided at the half way point by Dee the owner of Bar Sofia and “food tasting” and the knife and fork prize will be provided by Vicky and Happy, owners of the new Indian Restaurant Chillies which is right next to Bar Sofia.

If you would like to take part you can call into Bar Sofia on El Raso with your €1 or you can register and pledge your €1 entry fee by sending an email or text to sueinthesun@hotmail.co.uk / 629 869 959

As you can see from the photo TEDDY is waiting to take part and he will be one of the prizes! If you can not take part but would like to support the children you can pledge your €1 to THE TREASURE HUNT all pledges will be entered into a FREE DRAW to win 2 menu del dias at Bar Sofia.

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CHARITY EVENT AT VILLAMARTIN PLAZA

The entertainers all provided their time completely free of charge

On Saturday 12th Of March the business owners at the ever popular Villamartin Plaza held a charity fun day in the centre of the Plaza ground floor with a whole afternoon of free entertainment organised by Lionel, the bass guitarist of Soul Power .
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ALCALÁ DEL JÚCAR CELEBRATES ITS 650TH BIRTHDAY PARTY WITH A MEDIEVAL MARKET

Plaza de Toros

Plaza de Toros

Alcalá del Jucar was given official recognition as an independent village on 18 April 1364. Now, 650 years later, the village holds a Medieval Market on 17 to 20 April, with medieval minstrels, a juggler walking on stilts, a wooden merry-go-round, all sorts of medieval games and above all, stalls with the real craft work still to be found in this typical Amata market. The village itself – a jewel in an otherwise drab landscape – is also well worth a visit

Anybody who has driven along the autovia from Alicante to Madrid will have desperately wished for one of Google’s self drive cars so that one can watch a video instead of having to concentrate on the desolate landscape. The road makes its way through a vast and empty space with here and there a single tree. And yet, hidden in a deep gorge carved by the Júcar river, lies a picturesque village in a landscape decorated with small waterfalls, large and decorative rocks, hillsides covered with forest. The village is a maze of small stone stairs with an imposing castle crowning what is one of Spain’s better-known tourist attractions with a good selection of restaurants, hotels and more humble lodgings

This Easter the village celebrates its 650th birthday; it is 650 years ago that Alcalá de Júcar gained its independence and became a village in its own right. So the good burghers decided to celebrate by making diverse excursions to that time, such as a Carnival procession with medieval floats on which participants stood dressed in medieval clothes, and now a Medieval Market with medieval stalls on the banks of the river Júcar. Here the visitor can walk round and appraise the wares of various craftsmen and women, many of whom will be working at their stall. A chance to buy a souvenir that doesn’t come from some Third World country or a small factory near Madrid.

Some of the work on sale is just pleasant to look at, but other work is handsome as well as useful such as hand made pottery, leather belts and handbags, lamps, clothing, jewellery boxes and mirrors. Here is a chance to own something really exclusive without having to pay inflated gallery prices.

The Market is not just a collection of craft stalls; Solredo, a trio of slightly crazy musicians, walk around playing medieval music and Lydia walks on stilts, lies on a bed of nails and ties herself in knots, and plays with fire. For the children there is a small merry-go-round and medieval table games (very popular even in these days of computer consoles).

Alcalá de Júcar itself is a lovely village with a Roman bridge, three large caves and its own impressive castle; visitors can also enjoy numerous activities such as horse riding, rafting, fishing, climbing and various guided walking tours. One of Spain’s many “caminos de Santiago” (the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostella) passes through the village and for people who don’t want to follow a guide nor walk the odd 1,000 kms there are a number of sign-posted local walks.

The Market opens on Thursday afternoon at 6 pm; on Friday and Saturday opening times are 11 to 2 in the morning and 5 till late in the afternoon and evening and on Sunday only in the morning from 11 to 2. To get to Alcalá del Júcar follow the main autovia from Alicante to Madrid and turn off just past Almansa; Alcalá del Júcar lies half way between Almansa and Requena. More information on the market to be found on the Amata web page (www.amata.es, also in English) or you can ring Elvira (who speaks English) on 639 979 678. Or you can ring the tourist office on 967 473 090.

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