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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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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Fantastic house, wanted to stay

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We absolutely loved our stay here in the summer. We stayed here for two weeks and enjoyed every minute. The house was stunning as was the surrounding countryside. The house had everything that you could want and there was no real need to leave except to stock up on food. The house was spotless and everything was of a very high standard. The owners were really lovely, very friendly and helpful. The worst part of the holiday was leaving, I would have happily moved in and stayed. Can't recommend this beautiful holiday home highly enough.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                      Amazing property with everything supplied.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property exceeded all expectations. It was immaculately presented and had all things you would like to have whilst on holiday. Including coffee machine (with coffee) herbs for cooking and even charcoal for the wonderful BBQ on the private roof garden. The private roof garden is incredible. The owners were very kind and gave great customer service, you could not ask for more. I would recommend the property to anyone looking for something special. The location is great, with easy access to the surrounding cities and the beach of course.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016

                                                                                                      Amazing property with everything supplied!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      The property exceeded all expectations. It was immaculately presented and had all things you would like to have whilst on holiday. Including coffee machine (with coffee) herbs for cooking and even charcoal for the wonderful BBQ on the private roof garden. The private roof garden is incredible. The owners were very kind and gave great customer service, you could not ask for more. I would recommend the property to anyone looking for something special. The location is great, with easy access to the surrounding cities and the beach of course.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Sep 2016