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What to see in Sax

Sax is a fascinating city with some interesting buildings. Some of the interesting places that you should visit are in the old quarter. This shows its clear Arabic origins. These streets actually hug against the rock and adapt themselves to the contour lines.

Also, there is the Colonia Santa Eulalia which is an agricultural colony that was built during the last 10 years of the 19th century. It is planted with olives, almonds, and vines. The castle really stands out over the town, it sits at 500 meters and overlooks the village and the river Vinalopo. It is a rectangle castle with a square tower of brick wall and is from the Almohad period. Also there is the Ermita de San Blas which is located in the town square, la Plaza San Blas. It is the historic centre of the town and now houses the statue of the patron saint of the town St Blaise. It was the parish church of Sax during the Middle Ages.

Also you should see the church of Our Lady of the Assumption. This church was built during the 16th century. It is one of the finest examples of the Catalan influenced single nave church. It was reformed and expanded in 1787. During the reform of the church, the side chapels were removed which enlarged the sanctuary and the extension consisted of a new vault. Despite the sobriety and simplicity of the design, the church still offers a magnificent and majestic air. Another place to look back in history is at the Tower, El Torre, which goes back to the time of the Romans. Also, you should visit the Pocico de la Nieve which is a very interesting place. It is situated on the northern flank of the cliff behind the castle and it is a building which is built of brick and mortar and circular in shape.

This is basically a snow pit which has been reconstructed since 1970 by the city of Sax. Experts say that they date this structure to the 13th century and it was built in order to supply ice to the locals with ice. The depth of the pit is between 10 and 15 meters and snow was obviously stored here during the winter time until summer arrived. Ice was then supplied to cool down drinks, as a treatment for fevers, or to keep food fresh. The ice was also exported to the nearby city of Alicante. You can find these snow pit over the region and many of them were in operation well into the 19th century. It is only when the technology was advanced enough that ice was being manufactured on an industrial scale that these snow pits were no longer of any use.


Activites

Golf is one of the many popular activities to do in the area there are three courses to chose from and all are within a 40 minute drive, Also Horse riding/trekking, Cycling, walking, Paragliding, and scuba diving activities can be arranged if this is your sort of thing. Or you can mix your days with exploring the history and activities during your stay. If you need any more information about what you can do, then please contact us and we will source the information out for you. 

The forests of El Plano have well over 1 million pine trees, and there is also the Sierra de la Cabrera which reaches a height of almost 900 meters. From the top of this mountain you get a great vantage point over the whole valley. There are many unique landscapes in the area which complements the historic allure. If you’re into hiking, there are plenty of trails and roads which are ideal. There is also areas for cycling, climbing, paragliding, and either ultra light flying or hang gliding.


The Costa Blanca

The Costa Blanca, or "The White Coast", has 100 miles of coastline. The beaches and dunes take turns with rocks and cliffs creating a beautiful mixture of white, blue, brown and green colours. Due to these beautiful landscapes, a good location and friendly people, Costa Blanca has become increasingly popular.

If you’re staying in Sax long enough you can also visit one of the many superb cities in the district. You have the choice between Alicante and the wonderful city of Elche to the east, above that there is Benidorm, Denia, and Javea, and to the south you can visit Torrevieja. With a beautiful coastline stretching the length of the province you have many different choices if you want to relax for a day on the beach. Or, how about Sax golfing? The nearest golf course to Sax is Alenda golf club which is approximately 15 km away. If you’re in the mood to shop, the nearest shopping districts can be found in Elda or Petrer. There is also a market which is held twice a week on both Wednesday and Saturday. The Moors and Christians festival is held in Sax during the first week of February. It has really evolved since the early 1940s from a mere religious celebration into a festival that lasts for a full five days. Other festivals include the pilgrimage of San Pancrazio, the festival to celebrate the virgin of the Assumption and the Virgen de los Frutos, the Kings parade, and of course the festivals and parades that celebrate Easter.

Sax is situated about 50 Klms West of Alicante along the (A31) Madrid motorway, which is about a 20 minute drive by car inland. There is easy access to the Beaches of Alicante, and the coastal roads to other tourist spots such as Benedorm. The coastal resorts offer all year round entertainments and is sought after by the elderly tourists as a winter retreat.

 


Where to Eat in Sax

In addition to the pleasant Spanish cookery which is offered in Sax or the close towns and cities, you can partake of unbelievable fare from numerous distinct countries including Dutch, Chinese, Indian, Cantonese, English, and Hungarian. So you will in no way be stumped for something to eat. The local cuisine has many dishes that are customary in the area such as gazpacho, rice, rabbit, seafood, and many different styles of the Spanish sausage. Also, you can sample the local wine and the local virgin olive oil.


Snow Pits

You will find snow pits in the high mountains but this snow pit, (see gallery page for photo), is located in the Alt Vinalopo, very close to the town of Sax. It has the distinction of being one of the most visited snow pits in the whole country. The snow pits were once located over much of the country. The major cities, such as Madrid, had snow pits that were dug into the city streets and filled with snow and ice that was transported from the mountains throughout the winter. The ice and snow from these pits was sold during the summer months so that it could be added to the soft drinks that were available in the day. These included strawberry juice, orange juice and a syrup that was flavored with almonds. The ice would also be used to keep food fresh. These pits were normally in the control of the municipality. The snow pits in Sax Alicante are approximately 10 to 15 meters deep. Experts have dated the building back to the 13th century and snow and ice from this pit was probably brought all the way into Alicante itself.


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