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CASATAINO

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Carrer Sant Joan, 4, 03810 Benilloba, Alicante

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Romantic and cozy rural house where we offer the comforts of a small charming Rural Hotel for your romantic dinner breaks in the interior of the Valencian Community. A project created for relaxation and rest in a privileged place as is the mountain of Alicante. CASATAINO works as a small Romantic Hotel blending contemporary decor with the charm of a traditional village house.

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CASATAINO

Parish Church

Building of architectural interest restored in 1993 and 1995 by students of History of art of the University of Valencia. Neoclassical church, its plant is of Latin cross with nave of three sections and lateral chapels with the typical corridor on the cornices of the lateral cloths. The cruise is covered by a false dome that is not reflected to the outside. The presbytery is deep and the barrel vault is adorned with florons and frescoes representing four biblical heroines and San Juan de Ribera. The chapel of Communion (19th century), independent, is located on the other side of the tower: it consists of a nave with barrel vault, with lunettes at the ends. On one side stands the powerful prismatic sillary tower, four cubic bodies, well proportioned, with no more crowning than the last body, equal to the lower ones, which houses the bells.

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Parish Church

Olleta

Ingredients:

A small onion.
1/3 kilo (depends on the appetites of the diners) of soaked white bean.
1/2 kilo of pork ribs.
2 or 3 thick turnips.
Meat pudding.
A good bunch of thistles (the frozen ones from supermarkets like Mercadona are great and come clean already).

Preparation:

The onion is poached with very little oil.
Then add the other ingredients and cover it with water, to boil until the beans are tender.
The broth should be thick.
When it is at its point the salt is added and it is given a slight boil.

Pericana

Ingredients:

Dried peppers of the season.
Cod (a loin).
Good olive oil.

Preparation:

The peppers are fried in abundant oil. It is important to crush them with the skimmer when throwing them into the pan, so it is advisable not to fry more than two at a time.
Let them brown, but look! Are very delicate and should not be burned or be somewhat raw because then they do not become crispy. They are allowed to cool well, meanwhile the grilled cod are roasted to the flame, if there are much better embers.
The best possible frying is done, then the peppers are thoroughly mashed and mixed with the cod, added with plenty of olive oil and ready to eat.

The ilicitana variant is that instead of peppers they make it with noras.

Festivals of Moors and Christians in honor of Sant Xotxim

From the 14th to the 18th of August

It’s the biggest parties. The ecclesiastical acts that we dedicate to our Patron, conjugate with the own ones of the parties of Moors and Christians, represented in Benilloba by the three Ranks: “Moros del Castillo”, “Filà Cristianos de La Palmera” and “Moros del Arrabal”.

On the second Saturday in July the party begins with the Proclamation, where members of the “ranks”, accompanied by the Band of Music, parade through the streets of the village, announcing that from that day the parties begin.

  • August 14: Noche de la Olla – The Band Entrance, at eight o’clock in the afternoon, marks the start of the four big days of the party. The Filas parade with the Band of Music and the Town Hall with the Benillobense Philharmonic. Then the party go to dinner at their respective venues. At twelve o’clock at night, the act that characterizes the parties begins: Noche de la Olla. It is a humorous parade carried out by the festeros, act that has given us to know the whole region and where we received the visit of many people.
  • August 15: Day of Entry – Diana at seven in the morning. At seven in the afternoon there is the entrance of Moors and Christians, from Los Pinets to Plaza del Castillo.
  • August 16: Sant Xotxim day – Diana at eight o’clock in the morning. This is the main day of the events in honor of the Patron. At twelve, Mass Major with representation of the municipal authorities and the festeros, with their positions. In the afternoon, Procession with the images of Santa Ana, Virgen de los Dolores and Sant Xotxim, each carried by a “Fila”. Finally, after singing the anthem, a fireworks castle is fired.
  • August 17: Embassies Day – At twelve o’clock in the morning the Mora Embassy is represented in the Plaza del Castillo, where the Moorish troops conquer the castle of the town. In the afternoon, it is the Christian side that regains the place.
  • August 18: Children’s Day – Day dedicated to children, with activities in the municipal swimming pool. In the evening, dinner of “sobaquillo” and to finalize the holidays, a Great Pasacalles is shot.
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