Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Alicante, Spain: Chocolate, Pirates and Tours
But there is much more to Alicante than “sol y playa,” and my destination was Villajoyosa, a former fishing village that in the late 1800s was home to over 30 chocolate factories. Two of the chocolate factories, third and fourth generation family businesses, are still in operation today.
An interesting side note is the small round watch towers made of stone that can be seen at intervals along the coast. Apparently, in centuries past, there were a great many British and Berber pirates who attacked the coast, and locals kept a lookout from the towers so that they could warn residents of imminent invasions.
Note: The group of people around the cart is a photograph of a photograph in the Perez Chocolate museum and should not be reproduced elsewhere.