The gastronomic days "El Plat de Cullera", which will be held in Altea from February 16 to 25, were presented to the media. In this new edition, there was a record participation of 17 establishments that wanted to join the conference. La Paraeta, Melitón Jardín, Ca Pere, Casa Vital, E-Tika, Italia Loca, Xe que Bò, Chez Pierre, Juan Abril, Mallol, Gourmet Losada, la Clau d'Altea, Gallinero, Maná, Rumors, la Picateta de Lola and the Sidrería Escondida, will offer for a few days their best dishes with traditional menus, suitable for the time of year, and with the spoon as a common element among all and some with touches of innovation.
During the presentation, the councilor for HR and Citizen Security, Deo Sánchez, apologised to the councilor for Commerce, Jose María Borja, who due to personal issues could not attend the presentation, and wanted to congratulate all the participating establishments, highlighting the work carried out by the Association of Innkeepers and Merchants of Altea. According to Deo Sánchez, "it's an initiative that wants to highlight the work of collaborating restaurants, but that benefits local commerce since they all use local products and that has the support of the Altea City Council a another year".
For his part, the president of AEA, the Association of Innkeepers and Merchants of Altea, Juan Abril, said that this will be the first event of the year to which six others will accompany in the coming months, thus highlighting the concerns that all its associates have. With regard to these days, "we want to show the concern that we have among all restaurateurs so that we don't lose spoon meals, that tradition that is so ours. There are very elaborate menus that will make us remember those flavours of old", highlighted Abril, who encouraged to enjoy the "Plat de Cullera" by being able to make reservations now to avoid last minute problems.
The "El Plat de Cullera" conferences want to reward the loyalty of their diners, as in previous editions, for this reason each place participating in the conferences will be assigned a QR code, in which each customer can register their participation. In this way, he will enter the draw for various gifts that have been contributed by different collaborating companies. Some of these gifts are a Gentilesa soup from Melitón restaurant, a Gentilesa soup from Ristorantino Gallinero, a Gentilesa soup from the De Confiança bar, Gentilesa coffee packs from Café Arditi Italia Roma, a batch of Premium Gentilesa products from El Picaro butcher shop and a batch of Boama chocolate courtesy of Chocolates Marcos Tonda. The more menus enjoyed, the more options and possibilities there will be in the draw that takes place at the end of the days.
To finish, Mario Ayús, from the company Gastro Eventos and organizer of the conference, emphasised that it is very easy to work in the locality, since "our mission is to put a little more in the window a gastronomy itself very well known, as is Alteana. That's why we try, based on our previous experience, and with the restaurateurs' concerns, to adapt to the events they ask of us". For Gastro Eventos, "the launch of seven gastronomic events in 2024 is good proof that things are going well, and that more and more establishments want to join any of the projects".
The president of the Alicante Provincial Council, Toni Pérez , visited this morning the Advanced Command Post of the fire declared this morning in Mascarat , in Altea , bordering the neighboring town of Calp. Pérez, who has been accompanied by the Emergency Deputy, Francisco Cano , explained that to fight the flames, all the means of the Provincial Firefighters Consortium of the Alicante Provincial Council have been deployed, “ in total, there have been 18 crews, together with 5 units of the Forest Firefighters and aerial means of the provincial institution itself and the Generalitat Valenciana .”
“ Thanks to the collaboration of all the security forces and bodies and the Local Police of both municipalities, the fire is controlled and perimeterd, always with the utmost caution ,” stated Toni Pérez. In this sense, the president has highlighted that " although there are no longer live flames, we must be very cautious because it is a day with a lot of wind, very changeable and very strong, so any precaution is not enough ."
As a positive fact, the Alicante leader has highlighted that, so far, “ there is no regrettable damage to people or buildings in the area, beyond the surroundings of the urbanizations, one of them Atea Hills, which has had to be evicted with great success this morning .” In this regard, Pérez hoped that as soon as possible " and always guaranteeing safety, the evicted people can return to their homes and this fire be extinguished ."
The Festes council informs about the different activities that will take place in Altea for New Year's and Kings.
The Festivals Council announces that the traditional New Year's program will be joined this year by the celebration of fun activities organized by the City Council in collaboration with the festival commissions of the Stm. Christ of the Tabernacle in Altea and Stm. Christ of Health in Altea la Vella.
Likewise, the area councilor, Joaquim Devesa, has recalled that the last day of the year will begin with the Children's New Year's Party, organized by the Education Council and which will take place in Plaça de l' Church in hours from 10.30 to 13:00 h.
In the evening, in Altea la Vella, in Plaça de l'Església, the Crist de la Salut commission has prepared an evening for the benefit of the festivities, from 4:00 p.m. With a break for dinner, the residents of Altea la Vella and residents of the area will be able to celebrate the arrival of the new year with grapes, cava and cotillon in this same square.
As the councilor explains, the big New Year's Eve party will take place in the church square of Altea with grapes, cava, cotillion, fireworks, music and the corresponding "resopó". In addition, the Crist del Sagrari festival committee will offer bar service at popular prices, for the benefit of patronal festivals.
And another of the central days of Christmas is Kings Day, when the arrival of Their Majesties the Magi of the East arouses the excitement of young and old who are already waiting for the royal pages to deposit their letters of wishes. In Altea it will be on the 3rd, in the Plaça del Convent, in the evening. In addition, the Christ Commission of the Tabernacle will offer a chocolate bar for attendees. In Altea la vella the royal page will go to the Plaça de l'Església on the 4th to announce the arrival of the Kings and receive the letters.
From the council it is reported that, given the amount of work that the Magi have, the commissions for the festivals of Crist del Sagrari and Santa Anna will be the ones that prepare the lists of children who will receive the gifts once the cavalcades are over. Cavalcades that will be on the 5th from 18:00h in Altea ending at Plaça dels Esports and on the 6th in Altea la Vella from 11:00h ending at the Cultural Centre.
Interested families can come and talk to the Commission of Christ on January 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Carrer 9 d'Octubre no. 10 and with the Santa Anna festivities committee on the 5th from 6:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Cultural Centre of Altea la Vella.
From the Festes council, its manager expects their Majesties to arrive laden with gifts.
From December 18 to 22 you can deposit the gift under the Solidarity Tree.
Altea City Council has joined the Christmas solidarity campaign promoted by the association Corazón Exprés so that no child is left without a Christmas present. This was made known by the mayor of Participació Ciutadana, Joaquim Devesa, who explained that there will be several municipal buildings that will house the Solidarity Tree under which to deposit the gifts
As indicated by the mayor, "today the Solidarity Tree of Corazón Exprés, with which the City Council collaborates, has been installed in the hall of the Altea Town Hall". "This campaign has been created to help the families who need it the most and who have this Christmas illusion that is so typical of our country, such as giving gifts to children on Kings Day"; added Devesa.
"The aim is to collect gifts for children from families in need and along these lines, Corazón Exprés has installed several trees in the municipality and we wish them a fruitful campaign that can be of help to families more needs". Joaquim Devesa concluded.
On behalf of Corazón Exprés, a regional association based in Altea, Magdalena López invites the population of Altea to participate in this great Christmas initiative and thanks the people of Altea because "Altea is one of the most supportive towns we have" .
"We put up the Christmas tree so that no boy or girl, between the ages of 1 and 12, is left without their new gift", points out the president of Corazón Exprés, who detailed that "you have to come to the tree, pick up a card on which you put the age of the boy or girl to whom you will send your gift and then, once the gift has been purchased, it is returned under one of the solidarity trees. No need to take the card and return the gift to the same tree. Then we go on to collect the gifts that are intended for our association, but also for others who cannot collect enough gifts for the minors whose families they collaborate with".
Last year, more than 400 gifts were collected in the Marina Baixa Region and it is expected to reach or exceed this figure. There are approximately 50 volunteers that Corazón Exprés has in the Region and who, with their various tasks, try to ensure that no family or person has the necessary resources in emergency situations, but also on special dates such as this Solidarity Tree in which, as its president declares, "it must be borne in mind that with participation a boy or girl will be happy, which is the most important thing".
In Altea the trees installed will be at the Town Hall, Casa de Cultura, CEAM, G&H Dentists, Club Esportiu Gimeno Team, Óptica Passarela, Social Center, Luna de Eufèmia, Academia Limay, El Planet school, Gestoria Sapp, Mayra Salon MM Nails and Casaltea Immobiliària. In Altea la Vella, Administrative Extension (medical office and library).
The director of the Consortium of Museums of the Valencian Community, José Luis Pérez Pont, has presented in Altea the exhibition 'Scenographies of reality' which collects works by 11 Valencian artists of various generations, with different ethnic and stylistic approaches, acquired by the First Vice Presidency and Ministry of Culture and Sport for the 'Contemporary Art of the Generalitat Valenciana' collection.
Pérez Pont was accompanied by the mayor of Altea, Diego Zaragozí Llorens, and the councilor for Culture, Pepa V. Pérez Llorens, and he emphasized in his speech that this exhibition "explores, through a collective look educational and full of nuances, the concepts of space, home and memory as determining elements in the configuration of identity".
Likewise, he pointed out that "the 'Contemporary Art of the Generalitat Valenciana' collection allows us to take a tour throughout the Valencian Community and show the perspective of many of our artists, combining styles and generations" .
"We believe that this growing set of works contributes to enriching our identity as individuals but also as a society, precisely two concepts on which this exhibition pivots", said Pérez Pont.
For her part, the Councilor for Culture of Altea City Council, Pepa V. Pérez Llorens, has highlighted that 'Scenographies of reality' brings together innovative proposals from exceptional artists who, through techniques such as sculpture, painting and video, have engaged in an exciting exercise of exploration. Its ultimate intention is to expand the limits of creativity and generate new ways of understanding the world and the way in which we relate to it".
Of the eleven artists who make up this exhibition, four were born or reside in the province of Alicante: Elena Aguilera, Josep Pedrós i Ginestar, Massimo Pisani and Silvia Sempere.
For their part, Carmen Ortiz, Joan Sebastián, Oliver Johnson, Pepa López Poquet and Rebeca Plana have their place of birth or residence in the province of Valencia, while Laura Palau and Pascual Arnal are from Castellón.
Contemporary Art of the Generalitat Valenciana
The collection to which the works that are part of this exhibition belong began to take shape in 2017, the year since which the Generalitat has acquired more than a hundred works of art without generational guidelines or restrictions thematic, which address issues of our closest society.
Through this initiative, support has been given to the careers of numerous artists born or resident in the Valencian Community, with a balance between men and women, who were included in the process of generating a memory of our time. In this way, through the Consortium of Museums of the Valencian Community, a continuous exhibition activity has been developed throughout the Community.
'Contemporary Art of the Generalitat Valenciana' arises from the need to promote and revitalize the Valencian artistic sector, and to recognize the artists and outstanding pieces that offer a panorama of current contemporary art and represent a valuable long-term heritage legacy .
The Ministry of Environment, Water, Infrastructure and Territory will double the track of the Alicante TRAM between the stop of El Albir, in the municipality of Alfaz del Pi and the station of Altea, in the town of Altea, in addition to the construction of a technical crossing in El Albir, in order to improve the circulation of trains.
For this, it has tendered, through Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat Valenciana (FGV), the execution of the works with an initial budget of 14,698,165.43 euros, VAT included, in works that will be developed over 24 months in two phases : the first will be the crossing point, with an investment of 9,656,188.24 euros and 24 months of time, and the second the duplicity of the road, which will involve a disbursement of 5,041,977.19 euros, both with tax of the Added Value included, and an overlapping term at the first of 16 months.
The doubling of the track will take place over a length of 3.33 kilometers, which includes the 332 meters of the Cap Blanc viaduct. The whole project is financed by the European Union.
The Minister of Environment, Water, Infrastructure and Territory, Salomé Pradas, has assured that this action is "essential to improve the travel times between Benidorm and Denia", and that it aims to "improve the frequencies and the service provided to the users in the Alicante network, especially the residents and visitors of the Marina Baixa, who will see a remarkable improvement in rail transport in their region and who will be able to enjoy an environmentally friendly alternative to mobility , which makes it possible to reduce emissions in an integrated way in an environment of great landscape value".
In the opinion of the head of Infrastructure, "this action, together with others that are being carried out or will be undertaken soon, meant a significant improvement in the frequencies and in the service provided by TRAM in Alicante, making clear the commitment of the Generalitat for the regions of the two Marinas, both the Upper and the Lower".
The doubling of the track in the Albir-Altea section brings with it the advantages of increasing the reliability of the services provided by Alicante TRAM due to the existence of a double track, which allows the maintenance of traffic in the event of a track cut due to an incident or maintenance work, as well as the increase in the reliability of said services by allowing the crossing of trains in the middle of the track, an issue that reduces the possibility of transmission of train delays to the units in the opposite direction to those crosses during its journey. González, municipal head of Tourism.