The Costa Blanca, some history
The coast and even the inland of the Costa Blanca! That’s “rest” and “fun” in “one” !
Atalayas or “lookout towers” evoke memories of the many lootings of North African pirates who even stayed on the island of Tabarca for centuries.
Tabarca is a very small island in front of the coast of Santa Pola. In the summer very crowded by day tourists, in the winter there are less than 20 inhabitants. Those who do not have a boat can use the ferry in the morning and in the evening. In the summer you’ll find more wather taxis then taxis in the city of Santa Pola
That is why many picturesque villages are built in the inland. For security and defense reasons. Over the years, history has actually been erased a little by construction fury and the many international new residents of Spain. As well “Villa Costa Blanca” started building multiple houses and villas more than 15 years ago.
As soon as you move inwards to one of the numerous mountain ranges, you definitely notice for what the Moors, who were expelled in 1611, have achieved in the field of agriculture, they have really conquered Spain from 711 onwards with water.
They were the specialists in terrace construction that prevented erosion and in the mountains they designed ingenious irrigation systems with channels, which are still there and still used by the farmers. Even a few kilometers away from the coasts, all agricultural fields are still supplied via the irrigation channels.
Unfortunately, into the mountains, these small villages or farms are disappearing! The youth is moving to the cities, the villages are being emptied, …. although ecotourism has recently started a revival. More and more Spaniards and foreigners want to make another attempt to settle inland. You can notice that in the many villas that are being built on large plots.
In Alicante, a regulation applies that 2% of a plot may be built per 10,000 m2. The plot must have a minimum of 10.000 m2.
The fortresses in the mountains open their heavy gates and offer space for reviving fiesta’s. Various castle routes also give a look to the many tourists.
All those castles give you a sort of insight into authentic Spain with its beautiful, but cruel historical episodes.