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found this procession well worth seeing as it was unusual to me and felt very special.The celebration and mourning of Jesus I believe it was all about.His death and rebirth etc.I am not religious but recomend this to anyone.Taking pictures was hard because it was dark but a few came out ok.Ondara is a nice town and has a good supermarket on the main road towards Oliva.It sells lot's of things including kitchen things and cd's and dvd's etc.
Ondara has a good selection of shops too and a few bars and restaurants.It is worth parking up and spending an hour walking around.I enjoyed going here and would go back.I hope to see many more festivals-fiestas etc in Spain in the future.Ondara is not a touist place at all.Just a nice pleasant Spanish working town.
The drums were slowly becoming louder and we could then see there were children and adults walking along.As they got closer and closer I saw they were walking in a kind of hypnotic way.Quite a few hooded people slowly walked past and then they carried a staue past with Jesus on the cross.Many men had to carry the weight and they slowly went past us.Then more hooded people went by and the beat of drums changed.
As you can see by my pic it was a very atmospheric thing and quite spooky.The parade went on for quite a while and after the cross had passed we saw many more hooded people and drummmers.Then came the coffin.Everyone was mesmerised by it all and 100% looking at the parade.After the coffin had passed more people walked by swaying to the drums and then it looked like the Mayor of the town was there with his family and then members of the public joined it carrying lanterns.
am not religious but wanted to see the March as I was told it was mesmerising.So we went one night and waited for something to happen.There were lot's of people around so we knew something was going to start sooner or later.We found a bar and had a couple of drinks .Then we spotted lot's of people all walking in the same direction dresed up.
As we saw lot's of people in costumes all walking up the road we decided to stand outside.The bar was too smoky for me anyway.Some people had lanterns on long poles.People had these strange pointed hats on which completely covered their faces and long dresses or gowns.I then heard loud drum beats start up in the distance.We could then see people slowly walking along in the distance.They were swaying in time with the music taking small steps in time with the drums.
The Natural Park of Oliva-Pego marsh is a great place to go and bird watch.Such birds as the Flamingo and coll verd duck go there, the coot and quails.Because this area is a marshland it is ideal for birds and they love the damp wet atmosphere.The park is huge, around 10000 hectares and the marsh is kept damp by rivers that flow into it.I found Oliva alot more laid back and like the real Spain to other places South of it.Spanish people holiday here alot as they find it the same.I must say I went to Gandia once and did not like it, but Oliva is a nice place.
You can get boat trips from here and go along the coast.I will do this the next time I visit this area.I fancy going on a boat trip North to see the coast I have not yet seen.
I have only been to Oliva 2 times before and on my first visit I did not think much of it.But on my second trip I went to the harbour area and soon changed my mind.I really liked it and plan to go back again.This area is known for growing oranges.The Oliva Nautic Club has moorings for boats and you can also learn to sail here.
If you enjoy golf Oliva has a good Golf Course.The Oliva Nova Golf Complex is near Oliva and is right on the beach.It is framed by orange trees and other greenery.This golf resort is massive and covers a huge area.47 hectares of golfing land.The golf club has a wonderful restaurant and bar.It also has massage and a huge swimming pool.Oliva Old Town is well worth visiting too.It has amazing history and buildings worth looking at.I enjoye walking around the streets and seeing gardens and fountains and buildings from the past.
Beaches and coves
The Valencian coast is linked to mass tourism. Thousands of Madrileños and other people from other inland provinces come to these beaches every summer. Somme resorts, like Benidorm, have reached an international reputation. The Northern part of the coast is promoted as Costa del Azahar (Orange blossom coast), with long sandy beaches and famous resorts like Peñíscola or Benicassim. The southern part is called "Costa Blanca" (White coast). It is the most scenic part of the coast, with small beaches and coves, cliffs and turquise waters, but also large resorts and large communities of retired Northern Europeans.
The coastal area of the Valencian region used to be full of wetlands. marshes, lakes and moors. Sadly, many of them have already succumbed to speculation, intensive agriculture and tourism. The few ones that are left are still extremely exposed to these dangers.However, there are still quiet a few wetlands where life flourishes and which are a key resting point for many migrating birds in Europe. The Albufera of Valencia is the most famous among the ones that have survived, but the saltmarshes of Saint Pola, the Fondo and many others are also worth to mention and a must for birdwatchers.
Great online newspaper
Im crazy about Spain and when im not there i want to be there and know whats going on etc.So i read once a week an online paper called The Costa Blanca news.It has details on everything ranging from weather,jobs,nightlife,crime,headline news, eating, everything and its my window to the Blanca when im not there.It covers all of Spain also .So its worth looking at if you love Spain.
We walked around Mijas and there were a selection of gift shops and a few nice bars and restaurants and we had a drink on one of them.We then walked along and saw a church and it had a garden at front and wonderful views across the mountains to the sea.It was breath taking.There were a few benches and we just sat for a while and admired the views.I hope the pic i have is of Mijas viewpoint.I believe it is.
The great views and the roasted caramel nuts and walking along the nice streets.Its worth going here but try to go late afternoon so u can park and see alot more without bus loads of people.
Mijas and its great views
The car and coach park was really busy and it was hard to find somewhere to park.We parked up and saw a mobile hut thing.It was a museum so we decided to go in.It was full of minature things.Things like a painting of a face painted onto a pin head.A minature shrunken head of a real person, a matchstick that was painted with a landscape painting.It was very strange but interesting.Think it was roughly about £1 to get it but this was about 6 years ago.
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