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Spanish Civil War

El Fondo and the end of the Civil War
El Fondo and the end of the Civil War

El Fondo and the end of the Civil War

The tiny village of El Fondó (El Hondón – not to be confused with other nearby towns with similar names) is located around 50km inland from the city of Alicante. Don’t be fooled by its size, a huge part of…

Digging into Bigastro’s Past
Digging into Bigastro’s Past

Digging into Bigastro’s Past

Bigastro is a small town inland from the southern Costa Blanca. It’s a nice place for a wander around and there is a recently created walking trail, the Ruta Alquibla, that takes in the town and the countryside on both…

Ca Pinet – a revolutionary cafe
Ca Pinet – a revolutionary cafe

Ca Pinet – a revolutionary cafe

Visiting Casa Pinet in the small mountain village of Tarbena was such a quirky experiences. Sadly though, they lost their fight to stay in the village and have moved, lock, stock and barrel to Alcalalí. The good news is that…

Coves del Canelobre – The Candelabra Caves
Coves del Canelobre – The Candelabra Caves

Coves del Canelobre – The Candelabra Caves

About 24km inland from Alicante is the small town of Busot. It is home to a huge cave with an extraordinary story. Named after the largest stalagmite inside, the cave system is called Coves del Canelobre, or the Candelabra Caves. Formed…

Cartagena’s Air Raid Shelter Museum
Cartagena’s Air Raid Shelter Museum

Cartagena’s Air Raid Shelter Museum

During the Spanish Civil War Cartagena was a very important city. It comes as no surprise that it suffered heavy bombardment, as it was the operational headquarters of the Republican Fleet and the port of disembarkation of military equipment and…

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