Jijona & Canelobre Caves
Jijona, Turron Museum & Canelobre caves
Ready for a sweet and cultural trip?
So this time we will learn & taste the typical Spanish sweet “TURRON”, visit the beautiful town of Jijona (Xixona in Valencian) and incredible caves of Canelobre, karstic caves from 100,000 years ago.
Jijona (in Valencian Xixona) is a town in the Valencian Community on the eastern coast of Spain, north of Alicante.
Jijona is famous for its sweet – turron (see below) and the ancient history of the city. It was already inhabited by people in Bronze Age, while the current location of the town, was formed by the Arab population in the end of the 12th century. Due to its historical importance, the municipality was given a large municipal extension, so Jijona conserves the 5th largest municipal area in the province of Alicante.
The economy of Jijona since 15-16th century to this day has been based on the production and commercialization of ice cream in summer and nougat in winter, complemented by the cultivation of almonds, whose fruit is the raw material for nougat.
Turrón de Jijona is typically made of honey, sugar, and egg white, with toasted almonds or other nuts, and usually shaped in a rectangular tablet. This turron is protected by European Union, through the Indicación Geográfica Protegida.
This sweet in Jijona has been brought by Arabs around the 15th century, where it became popular. It is believed that turron arose when Arabs tried to look for nutritious food that was conserved in good conditions during a long stay and that was easily transported to armies.
In 2010, the province of Alicante alone produced over 15 million tons of turrón, 89% of which is sold around Christmas time, because of its long-lasting Christmas dessert tradition, which began even in 16th! Even when you go to supermarkets in Spain, like Consum, Carrefour or Mercadona all turron sold there is from Jijona.
During the trip, we will visit the famous Turron museum. You simply can’t miss this sweet adventure!
We will visit Canelobre Caves which is a magnificent example of a karstic cave, located in the small municipality of Busot, Alicante Province. It is one of the largest and one of the most popular caves in Valencian Community.
Inside the caves, there is a space of more than 80,000 m2 that can be accessed via the 45-meter tunnel, where water and rock have given rise to impressive forms such as speleothems, including stalactites, coralloids, stalagmites, flowstones, draperies, columns, helictites, gours, spars, crusts and flowers. But most importantly the cave is known for a large vault of 70 m height similar in shape to a cathedral, sometimes compared to the highlights of ‘La Sagrada Familia’, a formation with a rocky column over 25 m high and ‘El Canelobre’, a stalagmite in the center of the space that is over 100,000 years old!
9:00 Leaving Valencia
Meeting point Avenida Aragon 31 (In front of Mestalla), be there at 8:45.
11:00 Arrival to Jijona
A short 30 min break.
11:30 Entry to the museum (1 group)
A tour in the museum. We will be separated in two reduced groups. The 1 group will start the visit at 11:30 and the 2 group will start at 12:15. Meanwhile one group is in the tour, the another group will explore the city by themselves.
12:15 Entry to the museum (group 2)
Lunch break and free time in the city
14:30 On the way to the Canelobre caves
At 14:30 will meet at the bus to go to the caves, it will take us about 30 minutes to arrive.
15:00 Arrival to the Canelobre Caves and visit of the 1 group
We will arrive to Canelobre caves and start a tour in two reduced groups again. At 15:00 the first group will start.
15:45 Visiting the caves (2 group)
At 15:45 the entry of the second group
17:00 Free time
Free time to visit the old town, beers, take beautiful photos…
18:00 Coming back to Valencia
Approx. arrival time – 20 h
Food and drinks: You can bring from home and or eat at a restaurant there
Clothes: Bring comfortable clothes because we will walk a lot, and don’t forget to bring a jacket because during the evening it can get cold.
20€ + 4€ (entry to the caves)
Includes: private bus, guide
Special discount of 10% for first 25 tickets- Use code “LANGUAGEEXCHANGE”
Online: Link Below
Office (09:30 – 14:30) Plaza Honduras 26.
Language Exchange meeting. Check page for days and time.