Take us back to the Camí de Peix

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THE mayor and councillors of Villajoyosa have held a preliminary meeting with a view to resurrecting an historic road link between Villajoyosa and the city of Alcoy.
The meeting was convened between the municipalities of Alcoy, Benifallim, Penáguila, Sella, Relleu, Orxeta and Villajoyosa and also specialists on ancient roads, Jeroni Gardemartin and Miguel Angel Perez.
The Camí de Peix is an historic link to natural anchorage on the beaches of Villajoyosa for the industrial city of Alcoy. The trail was used centuries ago, experiencing a boom period at the end of the 18th century and throughout the 19th century, liberalising trade with the Spanish colonies.
Horses were used to transport Alcoy’s industrial products, returning laden with treasures and raw materials from the colonies. One route passed through Relleu, another continuing through Sella and the Puerto de Tudons, the ancient bridle path linking various remote communities. The Camí de Peix is part of a rich heritage but the appearance of modern road networks threatens its demise. The road initially coincides with part of the Camino de Santiago in the Southeast, used by pilgrims arriving by sea at Villajoyosa.
The popularity of walking tours throughout Europe guarantees that renovation of this historic road would be a success with hikers, reviving an interest in retracing ancient traders’ footsteps.
The Councillor for History and Culture Pepe Lloret said: “This is an opportunity to create a new product as well as develop cultural tourism.”
The meeting was the first in a series of corroborations among the various communities that will be involved in the project.

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