La Vall de Gallinera
THE EIGHT SMALL VILLAGES AND HAMLETS
This valley is comprised of eight small villages totalling around 609 people and is surrounded by the Sierra del Almirante and Sierra la Forada which provides the Valley with astonishing views of the mountains and the sea.
Strolling through the small and narrow streets take us back centuries where life was simpler and it was always linked to nature.
CULTURE, TRADITION, LEGENDS
Vall de Gallinera rich landscapes, history and people have influenced the culture, traditions and legends of the region.
These are a melting pot of all the different influences and include existing traditions as the solar fiesta held twice a year (by which the sun points out a former convent through a hole in the mountain); the exchange of goods in "el mercat de la terra" (a market for local goods); the cherry fiesta in June; local trades still existing; and many tales that are still part of the oral traditions of the valley.
Valencia, Alicante and Spain in general are well known by the fresh products of our land and the art of producing dishes that delight all senses. Traditional cuisine in La Vall de Gallinera includes many different ways of preparing rice, legumes, mushrooms, all kind of vegetables, meat, fruits, cold meat, etc., in dishes like “mintxos” (corn tortillas filled with vegetables of the mountains) or the well known “paella montañesa” (a typical paella with the flavours of the mountain).
All these dishes used to be served with a wine of the region that enhanced the flavours of local products.
HOW TO GET THERE?
La Vall de Gallinera is a valley located 1 hour South of Valencia and north of Alicante (Spain) in the outskirts of the Bética Chain of mountains. See the map above.