Alicante horse cart rally

All this week in the Marina Baixa a group of a dozen tradititional Valenciano antique horse carts have been touring around on their annual rally.  I drove over the Aitana ridge to see them drive past on today’s route from Confrides to Benifallim  (mispelled Benifallin on the poster, so don’t try looking up the wrong spelling on Google maps as I did!)

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There was one cart pulled by two small donkeys, but the rest were pulled by a mixture of horses and mules. If you like mules, this is a very impressive turn out! A real mulefest. The traditional carts are lovely too. Enjoy…

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About Gareth Thomas

A fairly mixed career starting as an aircraft technician and later Franciscan friar eventually led into secondary school teaching. I settled in Spain where I teach Geography part-time and spend the rest of my time looking after the needs of four donkeys in a remote location in the mountains in the Costa Blanca. I have two blogs: a geography blog and a donkey blog.
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3 Responses to Alicante horse cart rally

  1. Geert says:

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing; I’ve never seen such a train that awakens the pilgrim inside…

  2. Frere Rabit says:

    Hi, Geert. They will be finishing today in Castalla. I’m trying to find something on You Tube to add here. The one thing you don’t get from my photographs is the sound of these carts: the rumbling, the tinkling bells and the shouts of the drivers to their animals: “Mula! Mula!” You are right, it is a sight evocative of the pilgrim paths of old.

  3. Geert says:

    Like the sound of geese trekking south in the fall it makes me very restless; pilgrims should be on the road forever…

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