The Fiesta de las Lagrimas (the tears) de Santa Marta celebrates a miracle. But it wasn't the first miracle the saint performed for the town of Villajoyosa.
Moros y Cristianos: why Villajoyosa’s fiesta is unique in Spain
The little town of Villajoyosa has a great Moros y Cristianos fiesta. It’s unlike any other in Spain - and let’s face it, there’s quite a lot of competition in that department
The five-beach walk from Malladeta to Xarco watchtower
A gentle coastal walk southwards from the tower at the Malladeta headland on the outskirts of Villajoyosa, taking in five of La Vila’s beaches on the way.
Making ancient history modern; MARQ museum in Alicante
Museum visits are generally for rainy days. Problem is, there aren’t that many rainy days on the Costa Blanca. So visiting the archaeology museum in Alicante (MARQ) generally means sacrificing some sunshine. But it is worth it.
Easter in Villajoyosa
Semana Santa or Holy Week is a seriously big event in Spain. The processions of the hooded penitents in Sevilla and other Spanish cities are spectacular celebrations of faith. Here in Villajoyosa, they’re obviously not quite on the same scale, but there are processions in the town every evening in Easter week.
Correfoc: devils dancing on the streets of Villajoyosa
A Correfoc is an explosion of noise and fire on the street, a cacaphony of shrieking whistles, rhythmic drumming and fireworks. Watch this video of the correfoc in October 2017 on La Vila's main street.
More than just paella; choosing the best Spanish rice dishes
Paella may be the most famous dish on a Spanish menu. But the Comunidad Valenciana is its real home. Here's how to choose the best rice dishes from the rich variety on offer.
When the boat comes in: behind the scenes at Villajoyosa fish market
Every weekday afternoon Villajoyosa’s fishing fleet heads into port with the catch of the day. Watch the trawlers being unloaded and see how the fish is auctioned off - it's a surprisingly hi-tech operation,
Bargain hunt – shopping and people watching in Villajoyosa’s markets
Why go shopping in a soulless supermarket when you can buy from a Spanish mercado? They’re lively, great for people-watching and you never know when you’ll pick up a bargain. Villajoyosa has two, both well worth a visit. And there's also the elegant Mercado Central down the coast in Alicante.
Exploring the old town of Villajoyosa
The brilliantly colourful fishermen's houses in the old town are the iconic image of Villajoyosa. But there's much more to the "casco antiguo" than just the picture postcard seafront. Take a stroll through the narrow streets and pretty squares to sample the atmosphere of the old town and absorb a little of its history.