Colin and I are bound for Jalon valley, Spain on Sunday.
Surrounded by rolling hills planted with almond groves and scenic mountains,this lush green valley of vineyards with pretty little Spanish Villages includes Lliber, Jalon, Parcent and Alcalali. Jalon was under Arabic domination for over five hundred years. The Arabians left behind the typical house style, for which Jalon is famous today, i.e. houses of stone and old bricks with large wooden doors as well as decorated walls.
The Arabic culture influenced life in Jalon up to its final displacement in the year 1609. After that the trade with raisins became the major economic activity. Many farmers from Majorca settled in Jalon in the 18th and 19th centuries and started cultivating the land, concentrating on grapes and raisin production.