7th June 2018
craft fair returns to the port zone of Xàbia
from next Friday 15th June, offering hand-made gifts,
jewellery, ceramics and clothing every evening from
7.00pm until midnight on the port promenade right next
to the Grava beach. This is an added reason to visit
to port which is a district of interesting shops, delightful
restaurants and bars, a modern church shaped like a
boat and a fish market where you can really buy the
freshest fish and other seafood.
This is the sixth year that the regional craft association AMATA has joined forces
with the local shopkeepers to liven up the promenade along the sea front with a craft fair. A real craft fair with real craft
workers who make what they sell and hope to sell what they make. Not for
nothing has AMATA chosen the slogan "Artesanía de Autor®" which means
that what you see is made by the man or woman on the stall - nothing imported,
nothing made by friends or from a small factory.
The stalls can vary from week to week but you will find stalls with leather
bags, leather belts, rag dolls, wooden toys and puppets, jewelry from silver,
copper, ceramics, macramé or wrought iron, hand painted designer clothes and
even some water colours, paintings and sculptures. Many of the people on
the stalls will be working and you can watch or get them to add a name or a
detail or, if you can wait a few days, get them to make something to order.
AMATA was set up in 1998 and remains true to its original philosophy, which is
that only goods made by the people on the stalls can be sold on the craft fairs
it organises - not something that can be said of many other craft fairs.
That is why more and more aficionados have come to appreciate this special
quality - the quality of a gallery even if it is sold in the street from a
stall. Some stalls come for the whole summer, and others for a shorter
period so as to combine a few weeks at the beach with the possibility of
earning a living. It's a varied show, week by week. Never boring.
The summer market starts on 15 June and will be there every evening till 2
September (except for a few days during fiestas) and
opens at 7 in the evening till midnight. The tourist train that runs
every hour between the Port and the Arenal beach stops right at the doorstep
of the fair! For further details ring 639 979 678. Photographs of last year's market can
be found here.