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 Hilary Coombes Alicante

ALICANTE’S ACCESSIBLE BEACH SERVICE FOR THE DISABLED (keep in mind for next summer)

In 2015 the city of Alicante launched an accessible beach service for the disabled during the months of July and August.

It’s a free service with bathing and swimming assistance for people with reduced mobility, but it doesn’t stop there for they also have a recreational and educational area for people with mental disabilities.

It runs from 10.30 am to 6.30 pm every day but only in July and August.

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Photo by kind permission of Alicanteturismo.com

Hopefully this service provides some respite for parents and guardians who are also able to enjoy a welcome break in the sunshine. Hats off to Alicante!

More information and map here.

FOUGERES FESTIVAL MUSEUM

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I sometimes feel a bit like a museum piece myself so my passion for visiting museums has waned with each passing year. However this one will make you long to see the San Juan Festival held in June each year, and the museum isn’t huge (only a few rooms) so you’ll not suffer from museum overkill.

As well as other things it shows some of the ‘ninots’ that escape the fire on the night of San Juan.

The picture of the ‘ninot’ flamenco dancer pictured here is typical of the millions of huge ninots that can be seen all over Spain during the festival. I took this picture in Denia on the Costa Blanca.

The museum explores the evolution of the San Juan Festival mentioned in the second part of the Alicante articles. 

It also has an audio-visual hall showing clips of the festival from years ago. You can read more about it and find out opening hours etc here.

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THE CASTLE ON THE HILL (Alicante’s wheelchair accessible castle on a hill top).

It’s worth going to Santa Bárbara castle if only for the fantastic views over Alicante City and the Mediterranean. You might be told that a reasonably fit person can walk to the top (and they probably can).

I can only tell you that when I tried this one hot Springtime day I was so absolutely knackered by the time I reached the top that I was too tired to take in much about the castle. Behind the ‘Grand Sol’ skyscraper hotel you can see the castle.

In my photo the hill looks small … it isn’t!

Santa Bárbara castle stands 166m above the City on Mount Benacantil and it has the most wonderful views. It’s origins date from the 9th century when Alicante was under Muslim control, but there’s not much left dating back that far now.

It has had a checkered history and even the English held it for three years back in the 1870’s. (That it - end of history lesson!)

So my advice would be if you don’t want to drive (there’s ample parking at the top) take the lift that has been installed inside the mountain, there is a small charge but it’s well worth it. Alternatively a taxi will ferry you up and down.

FINDING YOUR WAY ABOUT

If you refer back to the first article in this Alicante series, you’ll find a map that will help you find your way around this interesting city.

GOODBYE ALICANTE, HELLO COAST ROAD

After a very full day in Alicante (I didn’t ‘do’ the museum or the castle on this occasion) it was time to head along the coast to my home in Moraira. If you’ve time to stay overnight there are many hotels.
Many of them advertise being disabled friendly - follow this link for information.

I said goodbye to the city but we hugged the coast almost all the way home so my ‘right good day out’ continued most of the way home as my eyes were treated to a feast of glorious blue sea, tiny coves, beaches and little villages, interspersed now and then with large towns and housing urbanizations.

Yes, I’ll return again one day soon to Alicante … here’s to the next time.

Meet The Author...
Hilary Coombes
Who Am I?

Hi folks, just a bit about me …I was born in Devon and brought up in Bristol. After juggling family and studying for university as a mature student I taught in various schools and colleges, eventually specialising in teaching blind students which was so rewarding.

I now live between Somerset and Spain with my husband, and at last I can indulge my passion to write. My debut novel ‘The Hen Party’ was accepted by a publisher and is now available on Amazon. (I’ve been floating on air since I knew!) It's about a flamboyant 50 year old woman who is forced to confront her deeply buried feelings when one of her companions reveals a secret.

I believe we all need to be happy and healthy to enjoy life so I do my best to ensure my writing makes people smile.

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