1st July 2019
On Friday the
21st of June the traditional summer craft market fair opened and will remain
so every evening till
the 2nd of September. This is the seventh year running that the AMATA regional craft association
joined forces with the local shopkeepers to liven up the promenade along the sea
front in Xàbia.
is 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 has 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 always find that every
stall offers something different: leather bags, leather belts, original lamps
from recycled material, rag dolls, wooden toys and puppets, jewelry from
silver, copper, ceramics, macramé or recycled tins, hand painted designer
clothes and even some paintings and water colours. Many of the people
will be at work in their stalls so you can get them to add a name or a detail
or, if you can wait a few days, let them make something specially for you.
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. 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. Several stalls come for the whole summer, others just a
few weeks so as to combine a holiday at the beach with the possibility of
earning a living. It's a varied show, week by week. Never boring.
A visit to the market can be combined with a stroll to the port with its
fishing boats and fish market and back along the promenade with its attractive
bars and restaurants, shops and terraces, to enjoy the cool sea breezes and
watch all the other visitors walking, jogging and cycling along. You can even get to the
market in the tourist train that runs every hour between the Arenal beach and the Port: it stops right at the fair.
The market starts on Friday the 21st of June and opens every evening till the
2nd of September (except for a few days during the fiestas of the Moors and
Christians and Loreto) and opens at 7.00 in the evening till midnight.
For further details ring 639 979 678 (English). There is also
a page in Facebook
where you can find any news about special activities like live music in this
fair and possible changes in the opening times.
Come and see for yourself the difference to other beach fairs!
AMATA Press Release