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Every summer there is an increasing number of guided tours in English offered by the Tourist Info Xàbia to discover the history and gastronomy of our town. For a small fee with young children going free, these tours are a marvellous way to spend a short time learning more about Xàbia, whether you live here or are just visiting.

THE VILLAGE BY NIGHT · XÀBIA'S MEDIEVAL SECRETS is a popular tour exploring the emergence of the town in the 13th century with the help of friendly ghost Miguel who rises from his sleep underneath the Tourist Info Office in the heart of the historic centre. After pointing out the graves of the town's first cemetery underneath the glass floor, something that goes unnoticed by most people asking for information, he explains the early history of the famous fortress-church of San Bartolome from its humble beginnings as a simple watch-tower to its expansion as a great church, albeit one that can be effectively defended from attack. The tour then continues to discover the original location of the Loreto church, now positioned in the port but long ago located within the safety of the great walls that once surrounded the town. Our ghost tells the story of Sor Maria Gallart of the convent which once stood on the site that is now the indoor market and the ghostly knocks that used to precede great events in the time. After scaling the stairs of the museum, once the home of Antonio Bañuls, butler to Felipe III, there is an outstanding night-time view of the illuminated church and across Xàbia's great plain towards the sea and from here Miguel tells the story of pirate attacks that once plagued the region. Back in the narrow streets, the tour visits the small chapel of Santa Ana which stood next to a former hospital and Xàbia's second cemetery. It is here that you can enjoy some mistela - sweet wine from the region - and some sponge cake. As the tour continues, it visits the location of the old gate of Ferreria, now long gone, and the new convent with its strange tower before ending with a spooky visit to the town's third cemetery on the outskirts which sits next to the chapel of Sants Joans. This is a great tour of just over a kilometre in length and lasting about 90 minutes. Unfortunately, it's not suitable for wheelchair users.

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XÀBIA - A CULTURAL CULINARY HISTORY is a tour that looks at the development of Xàbia's gastronomic heritage from the time of the Iberians who started to settle in the area from the 8th century BC and founded the settlement of Benimaquia on the slopes of the Montgó through to the "golden age" of Xàbia when it produced and exported raisins. The tour begins in the very heart of the historic centre, the church square where the barely-distinguishable words of "VERDURAS" and "ARROZ" can be just about be picked out on the tosca walls of the ancient fortress church of San Bartolomé; and down in Plaça del Baix, the word "VERDURAS" can be clearly seen painted on the wall of a local bar, reminding us that the heart of the town was a bustling market place long before the indoor market was built in the mid-20th century. The bulk of the first half of the tour was hosted by the magnificent building of the Soler Blasco Municipal Museum, rising from the Iberian influence on the ground floor, through to the Roman and Arabic influence on the first floor and finally to the raisin industry which flourished in the 19th century. The tour then moved to the indoor market for an explanation of the typical fish and shellfish dishes as well as meat recipes still enjoyed by Xabieros today before sampling several surprising tapas including the tasty sea fennel that is often pickled in spiced vinegar and served with salad. This is a very interesting tour split between the municipal museum and the indoor market. Unfortunately, it is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Click here for photos from the tour on our Facebook page.

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Monday 12th September, 9.00pm
THE VILLAGE BY NIGHT · HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 19th CENTURY
Tuesday 20th September, 6.00pm
THE PORT, CHURCH AND STREETS
Saturday 24th September, 11.00am
OLIVERA MILENARIA + FARMING BELOW THE MONTGÓ
 


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