Gata de Gorgos, Costa Blanca, Spain

Gata de Gorgos, Costa Blanca, Spain  

Gata de Gorgos is an old Spanish town strung along the main road N332 from Alicante to Valencia. It is famous for its basket and cane ware made out of esparto and palm, sold in more than 50 shops. The Avenida de la Marins Alta and adjacent streets, house most of the craft shops. Gata is also well known for its grapes and almonds.

Gata de Gorgos with it's white houses and ivory lintels, takes its name from the Gorgos river, also know as the Jalon river.

Walk along the left bank of the Gorgos river between the gardens of the Font del Riu, visit the San Miquel Arcangel church. The church was built in 1535, in the same year that the village became independent from Denia. If you walk along the back streets you will find the square which hosts an annual fair for puppeteers, painters and sculptors.

Discover the Archaeological Museum or the guitar factory which is situated opposite the train station. To enter you ring the bell on an otherwise anonymous wall and one of the staff will take you on a guided tour of the small factory where you will see the guitars being made by hand.

Climb to the Santisimo Cristo hermitage. In addition there are the remains of Moslem settlements of the Font de la Mata or la Murta, of la Rana or the Font d´Aixa.

The fiestas here are San Antonio Abad on January 17, the “hogueras” of San Juan on June 24 and the main fiestas in honour of the Santisimo Cristo del Calvario, which takes place from July 29 to August 6

The Lemon Train which takes passengers from Benidorm stops at Gata de Gorgos. It is a tourist train that takes 5 hours to journey from Benidorm, via Altea, Calpe and Teulada to Gata de Gorgos.

The recommended restaurant here is

Coral de Pato. Specialising in Valencian food, which offers a beautiful outside eating area in the summer under old, antique wooden beams. In the country side, in Gata de Gorgos. Ctra. Gata-Xaló km 1, Ptda. Trossets 31, 03740 Gata de Gorgos Tel: 965 756 834

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