Last Sunday 27 January, more than 70 people, plus children and assorted dogs, walked from Xàbia’s Cementery across Les Valls to the Ermita de Popúl and back on the first guided walk to be organised by the Amics del Museu de Xàbia (AMUX). En route Ximo Bolufer, Muncipal archaeologist and director of the Museum, and archaeologist Josep Castelló Marí, pointed out places of archaeological and ethnographical interest and talked about the history and architecture of the Ermita.
Among the walkers was a group of girls from Tume in Lativia who are spending three months studying at the IES Nº1.Xàbia as part of a School Partnership.
Sunday 27 January 2013 - 10.00 hours
A Guided Walk to the Ermita del Popul
(on the road to Jesus Pobre, about 3.4 km from Jávea)
The Director of the Museum of Xàbia, archaeologist Ximo Bolufer, accompanied by local archaeologist Josep Castelló Marí will take us on a guided tour through the lanes of Les Valls de Xàbia to the Ermita. During the walk we will shown sites of archaeological and ethnographical interest, finishing with a historical and architectural visit to the 14th century Ermita.
We will meet in the parking area of the new Jávea cemetery (off the Jávea-Gata road) at 10 am and walk to the Ermita. After visiting the Ermita, we will stop for a snack and drink and then return by a different route.
Difficulty of walk: Easy, flat surfaces.
Duration: approximately 3 hours
Bring a “bocadillo “and drink for the break at the Ermita.
(Those not wishing to walk can meet at the Ermita about 11.15 am to see the interior)
Sylvia Matheson (Schofield) (1916-2006) was an archaeologist and BBC journalist who made her final home in Jávea. She donated a collection of Afghan ceramics to the Soler Blasco Museum.
This article describes her perspective on the state of archeaology in Jávea in 1996
Walking on History
Here is some information about Sylvia in Encyclopaedia Iranica