Gata de Gorgos
The village of Gata de Gorgos lies less than 10 kilometres inland from Javea in the north of the Costa Blanca and makes a great base for exploring and climbing in the nearby Montgó Nature Reserve. Known for its traditional craft making and grass and wicker furniture, the village streets, alleyways and shop fronts are festooned with eye catching wares reminiscent of an Arab souk.
Arts & Crafts
For fine examples of the fantastic array of antiques, ceramics, wickerwork and beautiful furniture produced in the village, a visit to the yearly Arts & Crafts Fair in September is a must. Gata de Gorgos attracts craft makers and artisans who set up shop to produce labour intensive guitars and other stringed instruments and is truly a great village to visit if you have recently moved to the area and wish to furnish your new home in style.
Gata de Gorgos can be reached by tram which runs on a narrow gauge railway track that meanders its way through rolling hills and coastal cliffs from Alicante City in the south to Denia in the north, stopping along the way in various towns and cities including Benidorm.
Wondering the village streets, admiring the skilled craftsmanship can work up a thirst so it's nice to know, for its small size the village remarkably boasts over 30 bars where visitors can sample the local wines and delicious tapas of the region. There is also a good selection of restaurants, a tourist office, bank, pharmacy and supermarket.
Exploring El Montgó
Keen hikers and climbers should not miss out on a visit to El Montgó Nature Reserve that lies in 2150 hectares of beautiful forests, caves, cliffs and rock formations. The crowning glory of the reserve is Montgó Mountain which has climbs of varying difficulty that can be enjoyed by novices and professionals alike. For less strenuous conditions, the reserve around the base of the mountain offers gentle hiking trails and an abundance if interesting flora & fauna.