Explore and Learn About the History of JÁVEA  by visiting its most exciting and unique monuments and museum with Spanish Historian / Educator / Author 
Karla Ingleton Darocas, Hons. B. A. Fine Arts History -

MEETING PLACE: Central Indoor Market * The Cafe Bar MERCAT
 - Come early for your coffee.

TIME: 10:00 H * Exactly!!! The tour is approx. 2.5 hour depending on bathroom breaks :)

FEE 15 euros per person: includes LECTURE & WALKING ROUTE / MAP, in case you get lost or separated from the group

MAX. 8 people per group with masks for interior spaces.
Must be double vaccinated.

END OF WALK: Get a beverage and Q & A time...

PARKING in the Municipal Parking Lot. https://goo.gl/maps/cHyXQshThEwfDmLL6


  • This tour is approx. 2 hour "walking" lecture class in the old town of Xàbia  / Jávea exploring the eras from the 14th - 20th centuries
  • Examine both civic and sacred architectural buildings in their historical context/family associations.
  • Examine the exterior/interior of the Church of San Bartolomé including the architecture, altars, chapel, polychrome statues, and artworks
  • Visit the museum and examine the rural traditions memorialised by impressionist artworks by the late Solar Blasco (founder of the museum)


A Historical and Architectural Adventure


Historical Stories of Prominent People & Places

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"I learned things that I never knew about Javea. I also saw the architecture from a different perspective. I am interested in learning about where I now live and this walk helped me to understand this town's history.
What I like about Karla's teaching is that she allows lay people to understand architectural styles in context" - Rhona Wells, Javea

"We enjoyed a beautiful weather walk in Jávea on October 8th 2021. Having lived here for 40 years, my husband and I were curious to find out if we could learn anything new about the history and the old town. Well, no disappointment there! 
After the walk, we spent most of the afternoon at home going over the very interesting details in history, architecture, art, and even streets & chapel that we had never seen or been before in all those years! Absolutely worth the walk and visit to this precious historical center of a town that we cherish in our hearts. Karla cannot stop explaining and answering questions. She is a super enthusiast - a living encyclopedia" - Bruce & Trudi McNeely-van Dorp, Benitachell

"The walk opened my eyes to look in-depth at many buildings I walk past all the time. The talk was absolutely fascinating and highly detailed. Karla communicates in a friendly and accessible manner; answering questions in an enthusiastic way that demonstrates her depth of knowledge and willingness to share her knowledge and encourage interest to those with her. Karla's teaching method is friendly and easy to understand. I recommend her lectures and walks." ***** Nicky Clark - Javea

"I learned about the history of the major buildings in the old town. I have been on similar walks in the past but I felt this was more informative and spontaneous. I like the way Karla uses modern phrases that are succinct with their meaning. I would certainly recommend her teaching." ***** Wendy Loxley, Javea

"I have lived in Javea for many years but did not know much about the history of the town. Karla brought the past to life and linked the history to art and architecture of the times. I will now revisit the places we visited during the walk, particularly the museum, to learn even more. Karla is really good at explaining the history and making it interesting."
Thank you Karla, ***** Karen Stephens, Javea

"We had a very enjoyable morning with Karla wandering the streets of the pueblo that we have walked many times before, but this time with fresh eyes and ears. We learned so much on our walk, about Valencian Gothic, including Isabelline architecture. We also learned about the three great periods of prosperity in Javea. Each period contributing to the architecture that surrounds us in Javea, the reason why Javea is considered to be an architectural gem.. the use of Tosca stone, unique to this area.... and why a raisin or pasa , became known as a sultana!
We love Karla’s art lectures and now we love the walks as well. Karla has an inimitable teaching style that raises smiles at the same time as educating. I would definitely recommend her teachings. " ***** Gladys and Ian Cummings

"I learned a lot about architecture in the Old Town of Jávea. I have lived here now for 13 years and have discovered a lot of treasures over time, however, Karla's tour opened my eyes even more to historical details and the beautiful architecture (e.g. the church, the market hall, and the numerous mansions and palaces with an inner courtyard). What a 'rich' place we live in. I appreciate Karla's huge knowledge about art and architecture as well as her ability to draw attention to detail. I absolutely recommend her teaching."
 Karla - thank you for this wonderful tour! ***** Angelika Goette, Jávea

"Being new to the area, Karla is opening up a whole new culture for me. I feel I'll be "more at home", more comfortable with my Spanish surroundings. She's so natural with her knowledge. She's a pleasure to listen to. I definitely recommend her" *****  Josette Jouas, Denia

"I learned many interesting facts about the life of Javea - the importance of raisins, etc in the wealth of this town. The difference between palaces & mansions, the use of Tosca, Franco’s memorial & more. Karla's style of teaching is knowledgeable & enthusiastic. I would recommend it" ***** Jo Connell, Moraira

"I learned about the origins of the building that is now the covered market and more about the 'Franco' memorial and the Bolufer and Arnaud mansions plus loads more. I had always wondered why the churches in American cowboy films looked like those in our small Spanish village and now I know why! Karla has a relaxed approach to her teaching with plenty of interesting facts. I definitely recommend her classes." *****  James Ward in Javea



THIS LECTURE will explore the history of Valencia city from the time of the Romans and the Muslims through its Visigoth and Catholic Gothic eras.

Valencia city excelled in its medieval gothic era because of its wealth, its guilds, traders, nobles and royalty.  King Alfonso the Magnanimous began an expansive foreign policy for the Mediterranean. The middle class of Barcelona fled to the Kingdom of Valencia, where the work would be plentiful. Barcelona went into a heavy decline and dropped to 14,000 inhabitants, while the city of Valencia grew to reach 75,000 in the middle of the century. The Valencian capital became the economic, political, and social centre of the Crown of Aragon and hence the intellectual, literary, and artistic circles flourished, spreading their benefits and influence to the whole of the Kingdom.

The marvellous manifestation of man and creation came to life in the facades and interiors of churches, convents, monasteries, palaces plus secular buildings. 

The culmination of history and treasures in Valencia's historic centre, which is one of the largest in Spain, makes it an important place to know for students and lovers of Spanish culture. 

WHERE: Darocas Studio - Benitachell

FEE: 10 euros




This lecture and slideshow will not only explore the dynamics of the early 20th century European and Mexican art, but it will also enhance the life of Frida Kahlo and her artworks as gifts of expressive, visionary self-interpretations.  

Frida Kahlo made her own face famous by painting a seemingly endless series of self-portraits that span over her 30-year career.  All of her artworks demonstrated a fierce sense of pride in her heritage that flew in the face of traditional European art school movements. She also had a very real, if not obsessive, passion for her marriage and husband who did not follow the bourgeois and Catholic traditions of monogamous relationships.


In this class, we study the Catalan artist Remedios Varo who was one of the few women to graduate from Madrid's famous Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando (1930) where she studied with another young Catalan by the name of Salvador Dali. 

She blended Renaissance techniques with modern Surrealism, Symbolism and Mystical styles to develop personal artworks that were incredibly unique and magical. 


"The lecture on Remedios Varo was extremely informative and very well presented in a lively, easy to understand way. Karla is a great communicator who inspires her audience. Karla's teaching style is casual, lively and packed with information and I would definitely recommend her to others." * Nicola Clark, Javea 

"Prior to this lecture, Remedios Varo was an unknown to me but once again Karla worked her magic and brought this amazing woman to life, sharing her incredible experiences, surrealist works and anarchist views, which were very forward-thinking for a woman of her time." * Sue Martin, Pedreguer 

"Karla, thank you so much for the presentation again. I found it revealing, most interesting. Not only did I get an idea about Remedios Varo's life and works, but also about how visionary and enlightened she was. Your talks open my eyes more and more each time I hear details about an artist's life. I can understand, and appreciate, her/his work a lot more." So, many thanks - you do this job wonderfully!! * Besos, Angelika xx 


"I have to confess I had never heard of Remedios Varo before I saw some publicity for Karla's lecture but having heard Karla teach before I knew it would be worth going along. I am so glad I did. I learnt so much, not just about this fantastic artist but surrealism in general and world events that led to its creation and influence. As ever thanks Karla for a great lecture!" * Christine Wood 


"Karla's lectures are always amazing and today's Artist subject ... the wonderful Remedios Varo. Been thinking about it all day and looking up the web for symbolism...Wow....the lectures are so informative and explicit...Always looking forward to the next!!!! I am always impressed by Karla's enthusiasm and vast knowledge ... I recommend Karla Darocas's teaching and events always!!" * Diana Santiago 


SPANISH SOCIAL REALISM -The Most Provocative & Political Paintings of the 19th & 20th Centuries - tba

THIS IS AN EXTRAORDINARY CLASS where we explore some of Spain's most brilliant academic realist painters who turned the political and social problems of modernization into cultured images with dimensions and rhetoric typical of epic historical paintings.

GLORIOUS GANDIA - Lecture & Field Trip - tba

This Class explores the History of Gandia from its early beginnings through to its modern transformations by exploring its royalty, nobles, arts, crafts, trades and architectural buildings and monuments.

It is followed up with a FIELD TRIP - This is a Ride-Share excursion to Gandia where we visit the historical places and monuments that makes Gandia so glorious! 

TRIBUTE LECTURE TO CLOTILDE - Joaquín Sorolla's Cornerstone

  • This lecture is approx. 65 minute - a detailed presentation exploring the dynamics behind the many solo and family portraits of Clotilde painted by her husband Sorolla.
  • It will also highlight the changing fashion styles that represented the bourgeois class at the turn of the century and the Belle Epoch. 
  • Explained in the Lecture will be Sorolla's keen artistic knowledge and skills as a visionary, his techniques and palette. 
  • Also in this presentation are rare historical photographs of the Sorolla family and Sorolla's art shows and programme guides. 


Too often, famous men are thrust into the spotlight as if their projection was by magic! More often than not, there was a powerful, proud and determined woman behind that man, who was making the engine run and keeping the tank full in order to get her man to the finish line. 

Such was the case with the Valencian painter, Joaquín Sorolla. Yes, indeed he was the talented costumbrista and luminist who invented his own unique style and painted like a madman, but it was his wife, mother of his children and business partner Clotilde García del Castillo who was the mastermind, compass and key holder. 

If it weren't for this powerhouse of a woman, Joaquín Sorolla might not have become the international artist that we know and admire today. In fact, he might have had a very difficult life as an unknown artist. Clotilde García del Castillo was so much more than the woman-behind-the-man; she was the woman-who-created-the-man! She was his cornerstone, keeping the structure of their business and personal life from collapsing, leaving him free to paint. Through letters, photographs and paintings, Clotilde’s personality shines. Her commitment to her family, social and business roles are laid bare to all who wish to consume them as I have. She was a remarkable woman in an age where women of her status were considered second class citizens, who dressed in outrageous, uncomfortable yet remarkable fashions just to showcase the wealth of their husbands. Unlike Clotilde, they certainly were not worldly, enlightened, or business savvy equals to their husbands. Clotilde took on more than her fair share of responsibilities and never bulked at the magnitude of her contributions. She accepted her duties with enthusiasm and grace.


(Copyright)  Karla Ingleton Darocas, Hon. B. A. Fine Arts, Historian, Educator, Author


"I learned a lot about the way Sorolla's portrait paintings were used almost as adverts to get commissions. I enjoyed the discussion about fashion details and the links with Paris. I learned a lot about paint techniques as well, especially how Sorolla moved from the baroque styles into luminosity. Karla was well prepared and explained the slides clearly. Definitely recommend Karla's teachings! Really interesting and look forward to more talks."  * Denise and Michael Bayes Javea and Barcelona!

"After attended this lecture on Sorolla's wife, I feel like I have "met" his model. In this lecture, I got to know Clotilde as a mother with her children, as a learned woman who traveled with her husband to many fascinating places, and as an elegant woman of fashion. She must have been an interesting lady to speak with. Karla's lectured are very well documented and I recommend her teachings."  * Jo Jouas, Denia

"The lecture about Clotilde, the wife of Sorolla was fascinating. First, the beautiful paintings and portraits with her as a model and the explanations helped to place Sorolla’s work in context with his married life and the era in which his work was done. 

I loved the way Karla explained the way Sorolla worked with the new fashion in those days and photography. How he integrated this new art form into his work. Karla also explains paint brushes techniques and how Sorolla managed to manifest the different shades of white in dresses, garments, and sheets. When one listens to Karla, her passion helps one to ‘see’ the work of Sorolla with different eyes. I cannot ever get enough of it

The book that accompanied the lecture was a must for me. There were so many extra details revealed, for example, the death and funeral of Sorolla in Valencia (my goodness, what a story!) and even more lovely photos in full colour. The lecture complements the book (which I consider homework and loved to study) and all in all it complements the appreciation of Clotilde, who was not just Sorolla’s wife, but also his manager, the mother of his children, his coach and motivator. The person and influence of Clotilde came truly alive after reading the book and listening to the lecture.

I also like the way Karla answers questions, every answer has so much more details. It shows a very well prepared, professional art history teacher. Warmly recommended once again! Karla's teaching style is full of clear facts, clear sentences, and overall clear communications." * Trudi van Dorp, Benitachell

19th Century Spanish Summers for the Bourgeoisie

The 19th century witnessed the emergence of the Spanish bourgeoisie taking their summer holidays by the sea, at a beach or spa resort, that combined health, recreation and social life. The Spanish beaches were filled with changing huts and sunbathing chairs, walkers in their fashionable clothes stylishly dressed parents sitting under umbrellas watching their children swim and many other novel phenomena that contemporary artists immortalized.