Gata de Gorgos

Gata de Gorgos (Valencian: [ˈɡata ðe ˈɣoɾɣos], Spanish: [ˈɡata ðe ˈɣoɾɣos]) is a village in the Marina Alta region of the north Costa Blanca in Spain. It has a population of 5,325 (2005).

The village is known for its wicker industry and for having an unusually large number of bars and restaurants per capita. Boasting over 30 bars, the most popular are Ca Corder, which is located in the church square, and Ca Patrics, which is located in the Placa Nuevo.

The town's key fiestas take place during July to honour The Christ of the Calvary.(Fiestas en honor al Santísimo Cristo del Calvario). A key part of this event includes bull running along the street known as Paseo de Alicante - another is when the town's young men and women who are 'coming of age' form groups called 'Quintos' and march through the town accompanied by music and watched by family and friends. The highlight to many is the Paella Night, where most of the town congregate in the school to cook paella in the open air before being entertained by a local band.[1]
Ancient history
Roman era

Our area is framed within Roman Hispania since the conquest of the area by Rome around the years 212-209 BC

With the arrival of the Romans there was a process of assimilation of the Roman culture by the natives of the area, disappearing writing Iberian and Latin imposing. It is at this time when we can talk about real cities.

The villas dating from the beginning of the second century BC and consists of three parts: the apartment owners, shelter workers and a range of facilities (mills, warehouses, presses, ovens).

Generate new colonies and villages become real existing indigenous municipalities. The inhabitants occupy the flat areas of the territory.

Roman roads are by military necessity and then last trade. A new feature is the introduction of irrigation systems grafting improvements in the production of vegetables and near the crossing of sheep for wool of better quality.

The Roman period is characterized by the existence of a streamlined operating system and the field of livestock, livestock remaining in second place with respect to agriculture. New crops such as alcachofera appear, and cultivation of the olive oil and the preparation, grapevine, esparto, with which they made cords, and flax remains make torches, footwear, clothing.

Islamic Period

At that time the human action causes a transformation of the natural landscape, especially with Broken started in the late thirteenth century. The forest during the medieval period was too long, and the wood was insufficient to supply the local needs of the construction and craftsmanship, oak and pine being the most abundant species. The scrub cleared to break new grounds rise to irreparable damage to the landscape and also the coal miners and farmers also participate in this forest degradation. The dry farming was widespread and mainly dedicated to growing cereals, aimed at providing food for the population. The benching of the fields in search of maximum utilization of arable land was very typical in our area.

The vineyard occupied large areas, resulting in an increase in finished conquest and Muslim religious prohibitions disappear. The grove was another characteristic cultivation and occupied the mountain slopes, operated by terraces.

The fourteenth century was a prosperous period for the silk industry and although 1390 was still entered in decline.

Irrigation was also remarkable and the apareguessen sequiers responsible for monitoring the distribution of water turns to water.

The little existing population in the years following the conquest was not consolidated until the first half of the fourteenth century with the spread of land that fee, and which some horsemen would get more land than others. With the crisis unleashed since the mid-fourteenth century, the Black Death and the abundance of uncultivated land grab land favored by the nobles, and the alienation of part of the assets before the royal monarchs of financial difficulties, which accentuated the process señorializador.


 

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