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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

                                                                                                      Comfortable and well equipped villa with stunning views

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      We enjoyed a fantastic ten days at Casa Strathroy. The villa itself is well equipped and very comfortable. The weather reached 40 degrees whilst we were there but the pool and air conditioning kept us nice and cool. It was a ten minute drive to Pinoso and during our stay was the local annual fiestas with entertainment, street stalls and a fairground every evening until the early hours. The villa is ideally located with stunning scenery just outside of Pinoso so you can't hear the 'Barracas' until 6am! We would definitely recommend the Los Gabriellas bodega for local wine situated on the road out of Canada del Trigo.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017

                                                                                                      Fantastic large property with a lovely clean pool

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      This is a beautiful property well laid out and very clean. We stayed when the temperature was around 35 degrees the only negative about the property is the air con is on the ground floor, so upstairs of a night the bedrooms were very very hot. (the two downstairs bedrooms were fine) The pool is ideal for children with a shallow end slopping to deep water, it is cleaned frequently. The owner was very helpful and even translated via phone to the medical centre when my daughter got sick. The area that the property was in is under development and there are currently no shops within walking distance so a car is a must. We had a lovely holiday and look forward to returning to the propery.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Jul 2017