Gato de Gorgos is an old Spanish town that is a bit different from the norm. It is found on the main coastal road the N332 near Javea, but can also be found by leaving the AP7 toll road at junctions 62 and 63.
Name Gorgos after the river that runs through it (also known as the Jalon), the town has a population of some 5500 inhabitants. During it’s history it has changed hands between the Moors and Christians before eventually gaining independence from the town of Denia in the 16th Century.
What marks out Gato de Gorgos from the many other towns and villages in the area, are the arts and crafts that play such a vital role not only in the local economy, but the identify of the town itself. Most disciplines are covered but the town is particularly well known for it’s baskets and cane products made from esparto grass and palms. There are over 50 shops in the Avenida de la Marin Alta area and their goods spill on to the street. Every year there is a fair held here in the plazas were visiting sculptors, artist and puppeteers display their goods or perform, and the whole town has a feeling of vibrancy and creativity.
Agriculture also plays a big part in the towns revenue and the main produce is the almond and grape. This includes the famous moscatel grape that is used to produce terreno wine (wine of the land) and raisens, dried out in the sun on traditional beds.
Theres plenty to see and visit here including churches, museums, monuments, small plazas and even a guitar factory. They’re happy to give you a guided tour if you ring the bell on the innocuous door.
As well as a train station, where you can catch the Lemon Tree tourist train to Benidorm, Altea and Calpe, the town has good facilities. This includes over 30 bars which is extremely high per capita and is maybe an indicator of how the people of this town also like to enjoy themselves outside of their studios and workshops!