Villajoyosa A Working Port

Villajoyosa A Working Port

In this hub, I want to show you around the Port end of Villajoyosa a seaside town which is on the Costa Blanca in Spain.

I also want to encourage you to get out with your own camera to document everyday life in your own town or city.

I hope as you view the photographs that you will see how easy it is to document and capture some of the flavour of daily life and so preserve some of the things that are disappearing at an alarming rate.

I hope that my photographs of Villajoyosa will show you what a beautiful seaside town it is and that you will enjoy a virtual trip round our small working port. The Port caters for both leisure and working boats in a very picturesque setting.

The Port

The Marina

The Marina in Villajoyosa is home to a variety of leisure craft ranging from small day boats to the large motor and sailing boats costing tens of thousands.

Like many marinas some of the boats that are moored there don't move from their moorings from one years end to the next and others go out quite frequently.

My husband and son can be seen on a friends boat going out for a days sailing in the photographs below.

Leisure down the port

Leisure boats moored in the Marina
Leisure boats moored in the Marina | Source
Leisure boats moored in the Marina
Leisure boats moored in the Marina | Source
My husband (on the tiller)  our son and their friend leaving the marina
My husband (on the tiller) our son and their friend leaving the marina | Source
Clear of the marina they set the spinnaker to make the most of the wind
Clear of the marina they set the spinnaker to make the most of the wind | Source

Fishing boats Line the Quayside

At the weekends, the fishing boats are all moored up in the Port but weekdays the fishing boats normally leave to go fishing at around four in the morning.

Fishing boats line the quayside

Some of the Fishing Boats of Villajoyosa
Some of the Fishing Boats of Villajoyosa | Source
Some of the Fishing Boats of Villajoyosa
Some of the Fishing Boats of Villajoyosa

The Low Deep Hum

On a quite night or should I say morning if you live in the Town and stand on your balcony around four in the morning when the boats are leaving Port you will be able to hear the low deep hum of the big diesel engines in the fishing boats in the distance.

Where I live, the noise is not audible unless you really listen for it but if you live in an apartment down by the Port, I know from people who live down there that the noise of the boats going out is enough to wake the dead. Either people get use to the noise or they move.

Homes Close to the Port

People who live near the port learn to live with the noise of the fishing boats early morning departures or the move.
People who live near the port learn to live with the noise of the fishing boats early morning departures or the move. | Source
Apartments in the background of this photo of apartments close to the port.
Apartments in the background of this photo of apartments close to the port.

Boatyard the Heart of the Port

The Port is a very import part of the town’s identity and economy and the boat yard where workers haul boats in and out of the water to work on them, is the heart of the Port. Having a working boatyard, especially one that can work on the older wooden boats, ensures that Villajoyosa Port is still a necessary asset in the region.

The ability to work on wooden boats is a skill that is increasing hard to find these days so a Port that can offer this is sought after. The state of the economy all over Europe at this time means that even well established businesses are coming under increasing pressure just to stay afloat.

Wooden Fishing Boat

One of the wooden fishing boats that are being worked on in the boatyard
One of the wooden fishing boats that are being worked on in the boatyard

The Economic Down Turn

I have see business all over town and on the sea front close and workers lose their jobs. The port has not escaped entirely their share of the economic down turn. There are less fishing boats fishing out of Villa these days and the town has seen a reduction in the number of holidaymakers coming to Villa on their holidays.

Owners of leisure boats who moor their boats in the Marina too have less disposable income in their pockets making it that much harder to justify the high costs of having and keeping a boat in the Marina.

Therefore in these economic circumstances it is of vital importance for the port to remain a working port with its fishing fleet and boatyard so that it doesn’t go the way of so many other seaside town ports which are nothing more than a Marina catering for a diminishing number of leisure craft.

A Working Port ~ The Boat Yard

workers and boats
workers and boats
Hauling out
Hauling out
Hauling out
Hauling out
Hauled Out
Hauled Out
Ready to be Worked Upon
Ready to be Worked Upon

Clutter and Equipment

Like with all working boat yards there is all the usual clutter and equipment associated with boats and the work necessary to keep boats in good working order.

Boats, Clutter and Equipment

Port Cats

Finally, no Port worth its salt is complete unless it has cats to keep the vermin in order. Villajoyosa Port not only has a little live in community of cats but the cats are as pretty as the Port.

Port Cats

These cats are not only functional but they are also very pretty cats
These cats are not only functional but they are also very pretty cats

Thank You

Well I hope that you have enjoyed me showing you around the Port even if it has been only virtually and I hope this hub encourages you to get out with your camera to document everyday life in your locality before it changes or disappears. Thank you for viewing and reading this hub.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Villajoyosa looks like a lovely place to live even if it is changing for economic reasons. I hope it manages to keep its maritime roots and stays a pretty, busy port.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Jools Villa is a lovely place to live and our biggest fiesta of the year is the week long Moors and Christian fiesta which celebrates the time when the Christians managed to overthrow the rule of the Moorish invaders and the highlight of this fiesta is the sea battle which takes place just before dawn on the sea front.

The re-enactment is a joyous celebration of the towns maritime roots and their pride in winning its great sea battle with the help of the towns patron saint Santa Marta. I think you would enjoy being around during this fiesta.

Thank you so much for for viewing and reading this hub and for leaving a comment I really appreciate you doing that :)


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Are these your own photos? Well-done. But where exactly is Villajoyosa? Did I miss the mention of the location in the hub? Voting this Up and Beautiful.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Alocsin, yes these are all my photographs and thanks for pointing out that I missed out where in the world Villajoyosa is.

Villajoyosa is a seaside town which is on the Costa Blanca in Spain. I have now rectified that omission thanks to you so thank you for kindness and help.

Thank you also for voting this up and for the beautiful I appreciate that very much.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Amazing photos! Just gorgeous! I love the one of the cats hanging around waiting for leftovers!

I am jealous - I lived in Spain for more than a year (many years ago) and I'd love to live there again. Haven't returned yet, but I hope to!

Great hub, voted up and beautiful.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Marcy I must admit that I love Spain and this time of year in particular. I tend to overheat quickly in the summer and the temperatures can go up as far as 40+ Celsius.

This time of year it can be in the early 20's (70's Fahrenheit) during the day which is a lovely temperature to do just about anything you want to do.

Thanks for the kind comments the voting up and beautiful all much appreciated and gratefully received :)


paulgc 4 years ago

Hello maggs224,

A fantastic hub, you are so lucky to be living in such a great location. The pictures are brilliant and i thoroughly enjoyed viewing them.

Thanks for sharing, voted up and awesome.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Paul for visiting the hub and leaving such a nice comment I appreciate it very much.

I am so glad that you enjoyed viewing the photographs and you are so right it is a great location,


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Maggs! I always love your photos! This is a beautiful place and I completely enjoyed my 'photo visit'!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Candie lovely to see you if you ever get to Villa I will take you on a real visit round the town :D


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

That would be a treat! I can just visualize having lunch, watching the harbor activity and doing a lot of laughing with you! Maggs you are a special friend!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

I'll pencil it in my diary then Candie its a date :D


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

It's a date!!


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Sandyspider 4 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Wish I was there. Such beautiful photos.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Sandy it is a pretty place and I am sure you would like it as much in real life as the virtual visit you have just had. Thank you for visiting and for commenting both very much appreciated :D


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old albion 4 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi maggs.

A brilliant hub! Well done and well thought out.

Congratulations from a newbie.

Graham.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Graham for your kind comments and welcome to HubPages :D


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Well maggs what a truly beautiful hub;all these amazing photos.

I have been travelling so much more since myself and Dai got together and that is six years ago and I am still in awe of all the wonderful and breathtaking places there are in this country alone never mind the rest of the world.

So I created a slot called 'My Armchair Travelling' which i do on a day which is maybe a little quiet;although there are less of these days as time goes by.

Anyway this one I vote up and bookmark;thanks for sharing my friend and have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Well this comment Eddy certainly gave a very positive start to my day. Thank you so much for your kind words and for taking the time to comment as for the vote up a big thank you :D


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Candie V 4 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Hey Maggs! I love the way the new layout highlights your amazing photos of Villajoyosa! Really makes them 'Pop!'


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Candie it seems every time I log on something new has been added to the HubPages toolbox lol..

Only trouble is for a while I can't find my way around. Nice to see you here how is the school bus driving going still as entertaining lol..

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