A walk through ... Xaló

Xaló is La Vall's trade centre and the Saturday market is a good way to spend the morning enjoying the hubbub beside the river.

Take time to visit the Ethnological Museum (1), which offers historical information about the Iberian people up to the 19th century, and the Sant Domenech Chapel (2) dating from the 17th century. You can also enjoy a walk through the village.

Such historical personalities have walked through its streets as Joanot Martorell, author of Tirant lo Blanc, who inherited the feudal estate of La Vall de Xaló from his father in 1435; then there's the Duchess of Almodóvar, Grandee of Spain and Baroness of Xaló and Llíber, who, when she died in 1814, left in her will her desire to buid today's Santa María Church (3).

If you prefer hiking, the Sierra de Bèrnia mountain range offers the PR-V7, a route of medium-to-high difficulty that crosses the Forat, a small tunnel that links up the two slopes of the range and leads you to the Fort, comissioned by Phillip II in 1562 to top Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Antonelli. The aim of the fort was not just keep an eye on the coast but also to dissuade the Morisco population from possible uprising. In 1612 its demolition was decreed due to an increase in the number of bandits in the area who used it as a bastion.