Hondon Valley - Explore the stunning mountain region of the Hondon Valley, Costa Blanca
Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes are nestled amongst the majestic mountain ranges of the Sierra de Crevillente and the Sierra D’Algaiyat which provide a stunning backdrop to this quiet, mainly agricultural area of the Costa Blanca. A fantastic rural retreat but still within only 40 minutes from Alicante airport and beaches.
Driving round you will be surprised at the greenness of the valley, pine forested mountains and fields of vines, olives and almonds provide the main living locally, with the Vinalopo wine being sold all over Spain. Spring time heralds the arrival of the almonds when the valley is covered in snowy white blossom.
The roads and paths lend themselves to fine walks, taking in the scent of rosemary, thyme, fennel and lavender as you search out the partridge, hares, rabbits and lizards. A skyward glance may reveal such magnificent sights as the golden eagle, hoopoe in abundance and the colourful bee-eater.
The two villages boast an array of good bars and restaurants, most notably, (in our opinion);
The Finca Restaurant, at Mi Casa Familia is always popular with locals and holidaymakers alike. The Dutch owners are quite rightly proud of their beautiful building, good food and efficient service; you can relax and just have a drink at the bar or enjoy a substantial meal or lunchtime menu del dia.
Meson Casa Galiana is our favourite locally for the “Spanish” experience, good tapas, paella and combination meals, reasonably priced and great service from Lola and her family.
A must see in Hondon de las Nieves is the Bodegas Cerda established in 1885 this winery has a new home constructed over the past 4 years. A magnificent building where you can take a tour of the museum and sample very good wines or simply pop in for a peak at the stunning stonework and wooden vaulted ceilings. Another proud family run establishment well frequented by locals.
Fiesta time is always a joy to behold. The villagers pull out all the stops whether for the August fiestas, where you can take part in paella cooking contests, cool down and be soaked at the Frailes water fight, watch with awe at the firework displays or stay up late and dance the night away.
Christmas is always a special treat in La Canalosa when the Belen is performed – a living nativity where the characters and animals really do come alive. Sit and watch the nativity and sample local food and wine and if you’re lucky scoop a by product up from the horses or goats for the roses!
Other local attractions include a trout fishing farm, 2 public swimming pools, sports centres, graded and mapped walks for all abilities, cycle races, a mineral spa at Fortuna (20 minutes drive) and markets in both villages.
Written by Diana Archer - Owner of Property 59747 in the Hondon Valley, Spain