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Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Marina Alta reclaims riuraus culture

Typical “riurau”A few days ago, twelve towns of Marina Alta, a comarca  of the Valencian Community, decided to join their forces in preserving the legacy of the riuraus, an agricultural construction typical for this region. The riurau usually has a rectangular structure, which is either attached to the main house or independent and opens to the exterior with a series of arches, thus creating covered terraces. In autumn, the season when it most frequently rains in this region, the wattles used to dry the raisins are stored under the arches of the riuraus. The business with raisins, one of the traditional sectors of Marina Alta, used to be one of the main commercial activities in the region of Alicante during the 19th and at the beginning of the 20th century, also playing a big part in the development of  the port of Javea. The revenue of the commercialisation of the raisins led to the raise of a local bourgeoisie, who lived in noble buildings, much like the ones you can find in the old town part of Javea.

“Riurau” of Gata de GorgosThe towns of Javea, Teulada, La Xara, Jesús Pobre, Xalo, Benissa, Gata, Llíber, Parcent, Pedreguer, Poble Nou de Benitatxell and Ondara are part of the entente of localities that this month decided to give the much deserved attention to these historic and simple constructions that served to dry and store this product. The agreement they reached, with the riurau of Senyor de Benissadeví as the backdrop, focuses on  preserving and spreading this cultural heritage. This is to be achieved by means of the so called ruta de los riuraus (route of the riuraus) that connects the tourism sector and the cultural sphere and whose economic influence can still be felt, in the muscatel wine industry, which is very important in towns of Marina Alta such as Xaló.

If you would like more information about these constructions typical for Marina Alta, read our article Riurau, a typical structure.

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