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Spain, Monóvar - Real Spain

Inland from the Costa Blanca, in an area called Vinalopó Medio - named after a river called the Vinalopó which runs through the area - lie the towns of Monóvar, Pinoso, La Romana, Aspe and the Hondons. These towns are surrounded by mountains separated by shallow valleys - the mountains rise to at least 1,000m even though the area is only 40-50km from the coast at Alicante.

These towns are still populated mostly by the Spanish, not having given over to ‘foreigners’ from Northern Europe. This area is towards the southern end of Valencia, a semi-autonomous region where the local language is Valenciano (a variety of Catalan) and where many ‘Spanish’ town names have their Valencian equivalent.

As you drive through the area, the sight of so many almond trees, olive trees and vines is breathtaking, especially in January when the almond blossom is at its best. The main industry is growing and processing almonds, olives and vines. These are still harvested by beating the fruit-laden olive or almond branches with sticks, so the fruit falls onto a net placed on the ground around the tree, or grapes being picked by hand. Every village and town has its Bodega – a co-operative which buys the farmers’ grape crops.

The other industry in the area is marble quarrying, which boosts the area’s economy and infra-structure. Marble is quarried, then cut from huge cuboidal blocks of stone into highly polished worktops and flooring, for export around the world.

For the visitor, this is Spain. Not the cosmopolitan night clubs and trendy beach discos which are the same in Aya Napa, Bali, Manchester and the world over (though if you look, you can find these places here), but the Spain of fiestas where the catchy arabesque-ish music, the Catholic Church’s traditional processions, the long lines of Moors And Christians in their fantastic costumes, the fireworks and the all-night dancing (followed at 7am by hot cups of thick chocolate into which you dunk your locally baked biscuits – before going to bed) go hand in hand. It’s the Spain where you are greeted with an ‘Hola’ as you join the end of the queue in the Bank, or as you pass an older Spanish person in the street. It’s the Spain where you go into the butcher’s for six chorizos (spicy sausages), to find that the man serving the older lady is having a long conversation about how little Luis is doing at school, wasn’t it awful that Loli had the flu and couldn’t be Fiesta Queen this year, and had she heard that Raoul and Maria-Carmen are to be married next month, and ... so on. So, you sit and wait in one of the chairs thoughtfully provided. Quick and efficient it may not be, but very soon you begin to wish that everybody did their business in this way, even in London.

Plus golfing, horse-riding, walking, bird-watching, visiting amazing castles, churches, hermit’s cave, museums and historic houses. And, somewhere, a river called the Vinalopó.

Written by Jonathan Trahair - Owner of Property 402513 in Monovar, Spain

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                                                                                                      Great property with all you want from a luxury family holiday.

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                                                                                                      We are a family of 13 people and we wanted a quiet base for daily excursions. I recommend having a car when renting this holiday home as the warm climate would make the shopping trips quite tiresome if walking. Only 5 minute drive to nearby shopping centers. We loved the cool pool with outdoor shower, bathroom and the great airconditioned outdoor kitchen with lots of cooling capacity. All bedrooms have aircondition units fitted which makes sleeping comfortable. The landlords were great and extremely helpful to our enqueries. Most evenings were spent around the pool with the family and kids, often cooking suppers in the outdoor kitchen. So if you are after a relaxing luxury holiday I recommend this property. Regards Erik with family from Norway
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                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Paradise in mountains

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Nice villa in beautiful surroundings , a perfect quiet get a way spot. We loved our stay in Frederiks villa our 2 children loved the pool (which was getting heating the week after we left ! not that cold anyway on hot days) The villa is situated in a valley on the side of a mountain in the most peaceful and tranquil part of Spain i have ever been in. The whole area is quiet yet if you prefer the beach and waterparks are only 45 mins drive and the motorway isn't far then its an easy drive to Alicante or Benidorm I like my gardening so was pleased with the state of the garden and variety of plants there so be ready for a few bees flying about but they don't bother you much. We needed a quiet break and this is exactly what we got ! thank you for use of your villa Frederik Cheers Paul
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Jun 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: May 2017