The Provincial Council of Alicante has allocated 400,000 euros to the third phase of the recovery and enhancement works of the Public Baths of the Roman Municipality of La Vila Joiosa , within the framework of its aid program for the conservation and enhancement of the architectural heritage of the province.
The works of this new action, which began on February 1 and will be completed in six months, focus on the protection by covering the site , where the remains of the hot springs are located, and are included in the second call for proposals of the plan launched by the Architecture Area for municipalities with less than 75,000 inhabitants, endowed with nine million euros. The Provincial Council has financed more than 35% of this third phase , whose total budget amounts to 1,115,000 euros.
The representative of the Architecture Area, Carmen Sellés , visited the site this morning together with the mayor of the town, Marcos Zaragoza, the director of the Architecture Area, Rafael Pérez , and other municipal technicians. There she explained that until next June work will be carried out on the construction of this cover to allow the unearthing of the remains of the architectural structures with full guarantee of conservation.
Once the state of the recovery work already carried out was verified in situ, Sellés expressed his satisfaction with the development of the works and recalled that, following the line of action of the Provincial Council, “the final objective is the consolidation and museumization of the enclave to put it at the service and enjoyment of society, generating a public, energizing and cultural space, which connects two important arteries of the city .
The provincial institution, through the Architecture Area , began technical and economic support for this historical legacy in 2019 with the drafting of the Master Plan, which contemplates a total of six phases for the musealization and urban integration of the Allon hot springs. Subsequently, in 2022, a subsidy of 200,000 euros was granted for the execution of the first two phases of the project , on the one hand, the cleaning and adaptation of the surfaces and, on the other, a prior archaeological action through surveys and tastings.
In this sense, the provincial head of Architecture has stated that " the Provincial Council maintains its municipal promotion and cooperation program for the recovery of architectural heritage and, in this case, both for its historical value and its location, the La Vila hot springs Joiosa are one of the most unique projects in our line of aid ,” explained Sellés.
This second injection of the provincial institution aimed at the reform, restoration, rehabilitation or major repair of buildings, constructions and architectural remains of municipal ownership that are considered Assets of Cultural Interest (BIC), Assets of Local Relevance (BRL) or are of recognized historical interest, it has also distributed aid for other buildings or enclaves in the region such as the Hort de Colón House Museum in Benidorm , the Roman Villa in L'Albir or the Polop Castle .
The Nou Pla football field has been displaying banners since this weekend to make visible the eradication of LGBTBIphobia in sport. At the football matches played this weekend by the local teams Vila Joiosa Club de Futbol i Atlhètic Jonense, the Councilor for Social Services and Equality, Maite Sánchez, and the Councilor for Sports, Peyo Lloret, showed the vindictive banners together with members of the Viladiversitat collective. Next weekend, the ltbiphobia banner will be displayed at the El Pantà rugby stadium.
The departments of Social Services and Equality and Sports of Vila Joiosa City Council and the association Viladiversitat have launched an awareness campaign to make visible and eradicate LGTBIphobia and masculinity in the sports field.
The councilor for Social Services and Equality, Maite Sánchez, explains that "we are joining Viladiversitat to show our rejection of ltbiphobia in any type of sport and to achieve, together, sensitizing the population about serophobia and masculinity and to achieve that the sports facilities are free spaces and respectful of diversity".
The campaign consists of distributing posters to all the municipal sports facilities in the town where different sports disciplines are played, as well as sports schools, in order to eliminate certain discriminatory attitudes that exist in sports environments towards the LGBTI+ group and , in addition, make visible that they are places where no one can feel in a situation of discrimination or harassment because of their sexual orientation or identity.
In addition to the billboards, Viladiversitat will install vindictive tarps at the main matches in disciplines such as football, basketball or rugby, among others, during the month of February, coinciding with the celebration of February 19, International Day against LGBTIphobia in the sport.
"For many LGTBI+ people, shame, stigmatization and discrimination as a result of LGTBIphobia continue to be part of their reality in life and we cannot allow that there are people who cannot practice a sport because they feel harassed or discriminated against his sexual orientation", points out the Councilor for Sports, Peyo Lloret.
Every year, the Ministry of the Interior's hate crime report points out that almost 20% of hate crime incidents reported in Spain have LGTBIphobia as the cause and the fourth space where more crime incidents are reported hate sports facilities and playing fields. Physical attacks, threats and insults on the networks, insults in the stands, the playing fields or the networks, jokes in the media and social networks, laughter in the changing rooms and in the sports facilities and the silence of others mean that, in For many LGBTI+ people, sport seems like a hostile space where they don't belong. Thus, many LGBTI+ people decide not to be part of the world of sport or inhabit it with fear of being who they are.
La Vila Joiosa made its debut this year at the culinary excellence competition in Spain, Madrid Fusión, presenting its star products: white prawns and chocolate. Since yesterday, the tourism council has been present at the Costa Blanca stand offering a tasting of Chocolates Valor products.
"Since we were offered the opportunity to be part of the Costa Blanca stand at Madrid Fusión, we have not hesitated to bring the native products so characteristic of our municipality such as chocolate and white prawns. And this year, we have decided to bet on offering Valor chocolates at the counter, as it is an internationally recognized food brand, for which we are grateful for Valor's collaboration with Vila Joiosa Town Council , as well as the Fishermen's Guild that gave us the white prawns to prepare the show cooking".
The Mayor Marcos Zaragoza visited the fair today to meet with various culinary brands and professionals in the sector and to attend the demonstration of the village's seafood cuisine. The presentation of the white shrimp of the Fishermen's Guild has been staged with four hands with a show cooking by two chefs from the village, Toni Mayor, from the Taverna El Pòsit, and David López, from the Ca Marta restaurant. Both delighted the audience with a dish of white prawn marinated in Valencian citrus, with seaweed crust and garum emulsion and a creamy garlic white prawn with sesame emulsion and cardamom air.
"After the great reception in Fitur, where we show the village cuisine by Marta Devesa, from the Llar del Pescador restaurant, we continue to work on our strategy to promote the Gastronomic Village at national level and promote our gastronomy, our restaurants and our products from the hands of great professionals from Vila Joiosa in this very select culinary event, which is Madrid Fusión", adds Llorca.
For his part, the Mayor Marcos Zaragoza explains that "we consider it essential to be present at this fair where the best chefs and the most leading gastronomic brands meet to promote our own products and we have again presented the agenda of 2024 of La Vila Gastronòmica in Madrid Fusion to reach an audience more specialsed in gastronomy and promote the positioning of Vila Joiosa as a quality gastronomic tourism destination. With this, we not only boost tourism, but we boost the hospitality, fishing and chocolate industry sectors of our municipality, in order to generate more wealth and employment".
Mayor Marcos Zaragoza attends the opening of the fair, presided over by HRH the Kings of Spain, who have visited different stands, and meets with the Mayor of Algeciras, José Ignacio Landaluce, a recently twinned city.
Mayor Marcos Zaragoza, together with members of the Municipal Corporation, attended the Tourism Fair, Fitur, at IFEMA, in Madrid, presided over by Their Majesties the King of Spain, Mr. Felipe and Mrs. Letizia, who visited the different fair stands.
"Villajoyosa is joy, it is flavour, it is sea, it is colour, it is history and it is, in short, the best destination to enjoy at any time of the year and we want to conquer professionals in the sector and tourists with all our tourist products in order to deseasonalise the demand of the municipality", explains Mayor Marcos Zaragoza.
"In this first tourist event of the year, we aim to promote Vila Joiosa as a quality gastronomic tourism destination, which is why we have decided to present the agenda of events for the 24th edition of La Vila Gastronòmica to the public of Fitur and promote our zero kilometer product and our most popular seafood cuisine", explains the Councilor for Tourism, Rosa Llorca.
The Gastronomic Village is a contest of activities organised by the Vila Joiosa Town Council with the collaboration of the hotel and chocolate industry. "We intend to go through this new stage hand in hand with our local tourism sector. The collaboration with this must be as close as possible because it is the only possible way", emphasizes the Councilor for Tourism, Rosa Llorca. This year, La Vila Gastronòmica is redesigning its programming and projection by also joining the L'Exquisit Mediterrani brand that promotes Valencian Community Tourism. Visitors to the Costa Blanca stand will be able to learn about the gastronomic calendar, which will start in March with the Mostra de Cuina Marinera and end in November with the Chocolatíssima. "We have committed to publicize the programming of La Vila Gastronòmica in Fitur as a gastronomic tourism offer throughout the year and also to reach a wider audience", adds the Councilor for Tourism, Rosa Llorca.
In this edition, the Tourism Council has a tourist information desk at the Costa Blanca Tourism stand desk, to offer detailed information on the municipality's tourist appeals, among which gastronomy, historical heritage, international sporting events stand out , the 13 beaches and coves, the Colada de Costa blue trail and the Moors and Christians festivities, until Sunday 28 January. "We intend to transmit to the professional sector the commitment to work to re-position Vila Joiosa in a place that, from the point of view of humility and work, our municipality deserves. We have prepared an intense agenda with institutions, international bodies, agents of the sector, companies with DTI products and projects, attendance at forums and exchange of ideas and experiences, with the sole aim of taking advantage of any ideas that serve us to analyze and extract ideas that we can put into motion", points out Llorca.
Among the different appointments of the day, the mayor Marcos Zaragoza visited the Algeciras stand to meet with the mayor José Ignacio Landaluce, with whom he signed the act of twinning of the two cities in the month of last september
This year, more than 9,000 organisations representing 152 countries are participating in Fitur. It is estimated that around 250,000 people will attend, including around 150,000 professionals from the tourism sector and 100,000 attendees from the general public.
Vila Joiosa Town Council and the Xoriguer Ecologist Group sign an agreement to organize this sports day that brings together thousands of bicycle enthusiasts and claims its use in the municipality.
Bike Day is being celebrated again in Vila Joiosa. This popular sports day will be organissed next Sunday, January 28, which aims to promote the use of bicycles among citizens. The Xoriguer Ecological Group and the Sports Council have signed an agreement to carry out this initiative in which thousands of cycling fans are expected to participate.
The well-established Bike Day has been celebrated since 1986, but this year marks its 24th edition. The route will start at 10 am from the street market and will cover approximately 10 kilometers through different neighbourhoods and parts of the municipality. Registrations can be made from January 17 at Carrer Constitució, number 44, with a price of 5 euros, which includes refreshments, t-shirt, participation in a raffle and insurance coverage.
The representative of Xoriguer, Jaume Vaello, explains that the aim of this initiative is "to promote the daily use of the bicycle as a means of transport among families, as well as the creation and maintenance of bike lanes and specific parking lots in the municipal term, at the same time that awareness of road safety is formed among the users of this sustainable and environmentally friendly vehicle".
For his part, the Councilor for Sports, Peyo Lloret, encourages all citizens to participate in this day in which "we will resume this activity so rooted in Vila Joiosa that will allow the villagers to once again enjoy a day of coexistence around the bicycle and share a healthy route through different areas of the municipality without traffic".
Vila Joiosa athletes Yassine Taloui and Bahaa Taloui have led the race wearing the number 0 as recognition from the Town Council of Vila Joiosa for their sports record and title of world champions in taekwon-do and kickboxing in 2023.
Around 1000 people have participated in the fifth edition of Sant Silvestre. Athletes of all ages, dressed in Christmas costumes, have traveled the streets of the center of Vila Joiosa in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. This popular race is part of this year's special La Nadala program organised by Vila Joiosa Town Hall until January 7th, which is why both the start and the finish line have been located in La Barbera Park .
Before starting the exit, the Mayor Marcos Zaragoza and the Councilor for Sports, Peyo Lloret, placed the bib with the number 0 on the brothers Yassine Taloui and Bahaa Taloui, both members of the Gym Tae La club Vila, and this year they have been proclaimed world champions in taekwon-do and kickboxing, respectively, so the City Council wanted to recognize their outstanding sporting record at international level with this gesture.
Behind them, a tide of runners, decked out in Christmas motifs, under confetti and artificial snow, have started the route through the circuit including Barranquet, Colom, Pizarro, Joan Carles I, Germans Aragonès and Huit de Maig streets.
Upon reaching the finish line, hot chocolate was distributed to all participants. On the podium, the Mayor Marcos Zaragoza and the Councilor for Sports, Peyo Lloret, presented prizes to the most veteran runner, María Isabel Arillo Llinares, 83 years old, for the best individual costume, awarded to the pair of runners dressed in leg of ham, and the best group costume, given to the members of the Vila Joiosa triathlon club, whose clothing was inspired by Chinese culture. In addition, two hams have been drawn among all the participants registered in the race.
For 3 hours, Father Christmas greeted and collected the letters of all the boys and girls who visited the magical gardens of the Barbera estate.
The Barbera estate welcomed thousands of children and adults yesterday who enjoyed Santa's visit at Nadala. Father Christmas arrived in La Barbera after going through the Colom and Barranquet streets in a spectacular parade enlivened by the Els Valerios gang of sheremiters and tabaleteers. Father Christmas has paraded on a cart, carrying the mailbox, pulled by a horse and the entourage has been accompanied by elves, children's characters and inflatable robots.
Arriving in front of the Barbera house museum, Mayor Marcos Zaragoza was greeted by Father Christmas, while a castle of fireworks and a shower of confetti exploded. Father Christmas attended to each child over the course of 3 hours in his rooms in the gardens of Casa de la Barbera, which have become a magical garden, with music and artificial snow. Thousands of children and adults have enjoyed the visit, handing over the letter of gifts to Father Christmas with whom they have been able to take pictures. After the meeting with Father Christmas, the attendees walked through the gardens of the house, decorated with lights and motifs of Christmas fantasy decoration, at the end of which Santa's horse rested. To endure the wait, hot chocolate was served to all attendees.
Father Christmas has also visited La Cala. After a children's party with music in Plaça de l'Àfora, Father Christmas has arrived in his sleigh and has been greeting and collecting each of the letters that the children have given him. This meeting has been organized jointly by the Festes departments of the Vila Joiosa and Finestrat town councils. Just like on the 5th, the Magi will arrive in La Cala and tour its streets with their royal cavalcade, also organised by the two councils.
Vila Joiosa Town Council offers Spanish language courses to adult and minor foreign citizens who reside in Vila Joiosa to guarantee their full social inclusion in our municipality.
On the one hand, the Social Welfare and Equality council is offering a second edition of these workshops for adult foreign residents, after the great participation registered in the first, whose sessions end on December 22. This new course will be taught from January to March on Mondays and Fridays in the morning. Those interested can register until December 29 at the Llar del Pensionista social center.
On the other hand, the Education Council offers specific Spanish courses for immigrant boys and girls, whose sessions will begin on January 10 and will be taught in the Cristóbal Zaragoza municipal library in the evening. The Councilor for Education, Marisa Mingot, explains that "this offer of Spanish courses for minors responds to the demand received by the local educational centers. The teachers have detected many difficulties in communication and language among their students foreign, so they asked us to facilitate support for this group so that they can integrate better in the classrooms and can progress more easily in their studies".
"La Nadala, the village fair of these holidays" opens the doors to the La Barbera estate. The inauguration began with a parade from the Centella villa, which went along Colom and Barranquet streets, to the Barbera dels Aragonès estate. The parade was enlivened by a show of jugglers, moissanites, unicyclists, clowns, puppeteers and stilt walkers and the performance of the Ateneu Musical band. Arriving in front of the facade of the Barbera house museum, the lighting of the Christmas lights was accompanied by fireworks and the circus show. Then, the band and the circus artists toured the fair, while young and old enjoyed the attractions, the craft market and the catering service.
Ahead, a month of activities make up the program of La Nadala, where the La Barbera estate is the epicenter of Christmas. The fair has children's attractions, including an ecological ice skating rink, as well as a Christmas craft market, catering service, activities for children and musical performances.
Nadala will be open every day until January 7. The schedule between December 11 and 14 and from December 18 to 21 will be from 5 to 10 p.m. and on weekends and days that coincide with school holidays, from December 26 to 29 and from 2 to 7 in January, it will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
During the holidays, the little ones can take part in various thematic workshops. On the 22nd, they will prepare their letters full of wishes in the workshop "Write your magic letter with Santa's elves and elves" so that the next day they can personally deliver the letter to Father Christmas. On Saturday 23rd, Father Christmas will visit La Nadala. Father Christmas will walk the streets of the town center accompanied by the Els Valerios gang until he reaches La Barbera, where the children can visit him and hand him the letter.
Children will have fun with children's theater by Arteater, a dance workshop with the Tribalia academy, a Christmas painting workshop by the Angela Gordero Art Space and learn to make Christmas sweets in a pastry workshop children taught by Soflama. They will also write their letters in the "Write your royal letter for the Magi" workshop, since on January 4, the Royal Mail will arrive in La Barbera, after making a parade from Plaza de la Generalitat and going through the Carrer Canalejas, Colom and Barranquet, through which he will be accompanied by the Els Valerios gang. Already at the Barbera, the Royal Mailman will collect all the letters from the boys and girls. On the 5th we will live the most magical evening of the year with the long-awaited cavalcade of the Magi of the Orient, whose parade will go through the streets of the city center and end in La Barbera, where Their Majesties will greet all the attendees.
Nadala also has sporting events and on the 29th it will be the stage for the start and finish of the Sant Silvestre family run where the participants will show off their Christmas outfits walking through the streets of the city centre.
La Nadala's programming extends to cultural activities at other venues, such as the auditorium of the Llar del Pensionista social center, the Teatre Auditori or Vilamuseu, among others, where Christmas concerts by bands will be offered Ateneu Musical and Agrupació Musical Mediterrani, the Big Band Ateneu, the Colla Els Valerios and the Villajoyosa Choir.
On the other hand, we will say goodbye to the year with an afternoon party in the historic center where the musical group La Gran Babylon and DJ Pere Happy will perform. At midnight, the arrival of the new year will be celebrated with the bells of the church of Our Lady of the Assumption, followed by a party, in the same square of the church, enlivened by Thursday.
You can consult the complete program of La Nadala on the corporate website of the Vila Joiosa Town Hall and in the hand programs distributed at the tourism office.
Local DJs and a band will enliven the costume party that will start at 5 pm in the park located on the central beach.
The Youth and Festivities councils are organising a costume party for teenagers and young people on the afternoon and night of October 31.
The scariest night of the year will be celebrated with local DJs Cüta, Toni Medina and Eugeniet, as well as the music band La Contraria.
The party will start at 5:00 p.m. with a light session for teenagers between 14 and 17 years of age and will continue until 3:00 a.m. in the central beach park, popularly known as “the boat park”, next to the Mamovento nightclub, which collaborates with the City Council in the organization of this youth party.
"Halloween is a party that is taking root every time among young people and from the City Council we want young people to enjoy this terrifying night in the most fun and safe way, so we offer them music by local DJs and a section also of the Villa, in a place accessible to everyone, such as the central beach", explains the councilor for Festes, Jaime Santamaría.
The Education Department is also planning to organize children's parties for the little ones this evening in Barbera Park and the Ermita neighborhood, as well as in La Cala, together with the Finestrat City Council's Youth Department.
The new Marina Baixa urban transport concession awarded by the Generalitat Valenciana improves the bus service between Vila Joiosa and the rest of the region's towns.
The new urban transport service in Marina Baixa has already started, which the Generalitat Valenciana has awarded to Avanza Movilidad Levante, the subsidiary in Alicante of the Avanza road passenger transport group. This regional government concession improves the bus service that connects Benidorm with Alfàs del Pi, Altea, Beniardà, Benifat, Benimantel, Bolulla, Callosa d'En Sarrià, Confrides, Finestrat, Castell de Guadalest, La Nucia, Orxeta, Polop, Relleu, Sella, Tàrbena and Vila Joiosa, as well as some connections between these municipalities using 10 lines.
Vila Joiosa thus achieves more connections with the rest of the towns in the region and increases the frequency of the urban transport service between Vila Joiosa and Benidorm.
The new route connects the city centre, from the Parque de la Barbera stop, on Carrer Huit de Maig, to the Benidorm intermodal station, on Carrer de Francisco Llorca Antón, where you can access the tram metropolità d 'Alicante. The bus service goes to the Hospital Comarcal Marina Baixa, La Cala and Carrer d'Esperanto stops in the center of Benidorm, more frequently on both working days and public holidays. The bus service departs from La Barbera Park to Benidorm Intermodal Station from Monday to Saturday every 30 minutes from 7.30am to 1.30am. And transport services on Sundays and public holidays are from 8.30 in the morning until 10.30 in the evening.
This new public transport service offered by the Generalitat Valenciana will serve almost 200,000 people from 18 municipalities in the Marina Baixa.
This measure is part of a shock plan to improve the passenger transport service, which was a vindication of a large part of the mayors of the Marina Baixa region.
Nearly 400 lights have been replaced in the town of Vila Joiosa. These public lighting cuts have been solved thanks to the emergency plan applied by the Urban Scene department of the Vila Joiosa City Council during the month of August.
The councilor of Escena Urbana, Ana Alcázar, explains that "this is an urgent measure that we put in place this summer, since we had detected that there were 400 lampposts that had not been working for more than a year". In this sense, Alcázar explains that it is a shock plan, which has been agreed with the concessionary company that has consisted of the expansion of technical and human resources to rectify the incidents within four weeks.
"Security, along with road cleaning, are two of our biggest challenges as a local government team in this legislature and we have started working on them from the first minute we assumed governance. Lighting promotes public safety and it was essential to provide the population with more lighting, as we announced in the electoral campaign."
After the deadline for action agreed with the concessionaire company, there are pending lighting outages that require the receipt of material or larger-scale actions that will be resolved in the coming days. In addition, the council plans to replace the lights located along the Amadori riverbed.he Youth Council of Vila Joiosa City Council will organise the 3rd Manga and Japanese Culture Fair next September 16. It is expected that more than 2000 people will visit this youth meeting that will be held in the park of the La Barbera dels Aragonès estate.