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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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    • 4 BR
    • 3 BA
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      • 3 BR
      • 2 BA
      • Sleeps 6
      Chateau / Country House #6511863
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        • 9 BR
        • 8 BA
        • Separate Toilet
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        Chateau / Country House #1138173
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          • 9 BR
          • 8 BA
          • Sleeps 22
          Chateau / Country House #8129846
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            • 4 BR
            • 3 BA
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            Villa #1996602
            3
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              • 4 BR
              • 3 BA
              • Sleeps 8
              House #6390399
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                • 7 BR
                • 7 BA
                • Separate Toilet
                • Sleeps 17
                House #2304378
                  Excellent! 4.3/5
                  (27 reviews)
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                  • 3 BR
                  • 1 BA
                  • Sleeps 7
                  Villa #17555
                  27
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                    • 1 BR
                    • 1 BA
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                    Cottage #1899209
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                      Wonderful! 4.8/5
                      (33 reviews)
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                      • 2 BR
                      • 1 BA
                      • Sleeps 4
                      Apartment #8106046
                      33
                        Very Good! 4.0/5
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                        • 5 BR
                        • 4 BA
                        • Sleeps 12
                        Villa #1644132
                        5
                        Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                          • 2 BR
                          • 2 BA
                          • Sleeps 4
                          Apartment #6831843
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                            • 3 BR
                            • 3 BA
                            • Sleeps 6
                            Villa #8083511
                            1 Review
                            Viewed 5 times in the last 48 hours
                              Excellent! 4.7/5
                              (14 reviews)
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                              • 3 BR
                              • 1 BA
                              • Sleeps 5
                              Apartment #6701774
                              14
                              Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                • 6 BR
                                • 4 BA
                                • Sleeps 16
                                Villa #1872433
                                13
                                  • 2 BR
                                  • 2 BA
                                  • Sleeps 6
                                  Apartment #6807027
                                  3
                                  Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                    Excellent! 4.7/5
                                    (19 reviews)
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                                    • 2 BR
                                    • 2 BA
                                    • Sleeps 5
                                    House #8022119
                                    19
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                                      Wonderful! 4.9/5
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                                      • 3 BR
                                      • 2 BA
                                      • Sleeps 6
                                      Apartment #1609637
                                      41
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                                        Excellent! 4.4/5
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                                        • 2 BR
                                        • 2 BA
                                        • Sleeps 5
                                        House #39770
                                        9
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                                          Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                          • 2 BR
                                          • 1 BA
                                          • Sleeps 5
                                          Apartment #727109
                                          5
                                          Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                            • 2 BR
                                            • 1 BA
                                            • Separate Toilet
                                            • Sleeps 6
                                            Apartment #6734953
                                            3
                                            Viewed 22 times in the last 48 hours
                                              • 3 BR
                                              • 2 BA
                                              • Sleeps 6
                                              Apartment #1564364
                                              4
                                                Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                (9 reviews)
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                                                • 3 BR
                                                • 2 BA
                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                Apartment #4025161
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                                                Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                  Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                  (24 reviews)
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                                                  • 7 BR
                                                  • 5 BA
                                                  • Separate Toilet
                                                  • Sleeps 16
                                                  Villa #431297
                                                  24
                                                  Viewed 21 times in the last 48 hours
                                                    • 5 BR
                                                    • 3 BA
                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                    • Sleeps 10
                                                    Villa #1019248
                                                    1 Review
                                                    Viewed 18 times in the last 48 hours
                                                      • 4 BR
                                                      • 3 BA
                                                      • Sleeps 8
                                                      Villa #1194439
                                                      2 Reviews
                                                      Viewed 7 times in the last 48 hours
                                                        Excellent! 4.3/5
                                                        (7 reviews)
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                                                        • 2 BR
                                                        • 2 BA
                                                        • Sleeps 4
                                                        Bungalow #1706432
                                                        7
                                                        Viewed 10 times in the last 48 hours
                                                          • 3 BR
                                                          • 3 BA
                                                          • Separate Toilet
                                                          • Sleeps 6
                                                          House #2460196
                                                            Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                            (7 reviews)
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                                                            • 3 BR
                                                            • 2 BA
                                                            • Sleeps 6
                                                            Villa #8048955
                                                            7
                                                            Viewed 14 times in the last 48 hours
                                                              • 1 BR
                                                              • 1 BA
                                                              • Sleeps 4
                                                              Studio #6566583
                                                              2 Reviews
                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                • 2 BA
                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                Villa #8163293
                                                                13
                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                  • Sleeps 5
                                                                  Bungalow #6576541
                                                                  6
                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                    Apartment #6855452
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                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                      Apartment #2057044
                                                                      2 Reviews
                                                                        Excellent! 4.7/5
                                                                        (11 reviews)
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                                                                        • 5 BR
                                                                        • 3 BA
                                                                        • Sleeps 12
                                                                        Villa #6617015
                                                                        11
                                                                        Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                          • 9 BR
                                                                          • 4 BA
                                                                          • Sleeps 17
                                                                          Chateau / Country House #1912380
                                                                          2 Reviews
                                                                          Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                            Wonderful! 4.8/5
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                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                            • 2 BA
                                                                            • Sleeps 4
                                                                            House #8069303
                                                                            6
                                                                            Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                              Wonderful! 4.8/5
                                                                              (10 reviews)
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                                                                              • 4 BR
                                                                              • 3 BA
                                                                              • Sleeps 8
                                                                              House #1782344
                                                                              10
                                                                              Viewed 6 times in the last 48 hours
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                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                • 3 BA
                                                                                • Sleeps 5
                                                                                Apartment #6871231
                                                                                Viewed 11 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                  • 5 BR
                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                  • Sleeps 12
                                                                                  Villa #1820328
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                                                                                    • 3 BR
                                                                                    • 2 BA
                                                                                    • Sleeps 6
                                                                                    Villa #6720609
                                                                                    5
                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                      • 2 BA
                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                      Apartment #6728166
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                                                                                        • 4 BR
                                                                                        • 1 BA
                                                                                        • Separate Toilet
                                                                                        • Sleeps 8
                                                                                        Bungalow #6823669
                                                                                        Viewed 13 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                          • 2 BR
                                                                                          • 2 BA
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                                                                                          Apartment #8024089
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                                                                                          Viewed 8 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                            • 2 BR
                                                                                            • 1 BA
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                                                                                            Bungalow #6805583
                                                                                            1 Review
                                                                                              • 3 BR
                                                                                              • 2 BA
                                                                                              • Sleeps 5
                                                                                              Apartment #6864484
                                                                                                Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                (10 reviews)
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                                                                                                • 3 BR
                                                                                                • 1 BA
                                                                                                • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                Apartment #1233914a
                                                                                                10
                                                                                                Viewed 16 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                  Wonderful! 4.9/5
                                                                                                  (7 reviews)
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                                                                                                  • 2 BR
                                                                                                  • 2 BA
                                                                                                  • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                  Villa #8076727
                                                                                                  7
                                                                                                  Viewed 15 times in the last 48 hours
                                                                                                    • 2 BR
                                                                                                    • 1 BA
                                                                                                    • Separate Toilet
                                                                                                    • Sleeps 5
                                                                                                    Condo #6880121
                                                                                                      • 3 BR
                                                                                                      • 1 BA
                                                                                                      • Sleeps 6
                                                                                                      Apartment #1484858a
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                                                                                                      Recent Reviews

                                                                                                      Lovely property

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Spick and span property. 2 bedrooms one with en suite.Ground floor balcony. Well equipped kitchen with all I needed. Cooker,microwave,washing machine,toaster. Nice living room with wi-fi. HD TV with plenty channels. Complex is quiet, no parties/revellers and is well secured. Friendly and helpful owner. Would book again
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Nov 2016

                                                                                                      Very good

                                                                                                      4 of 5
                                                                                                      The Villa was very good and well equipped.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 16-Nov-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016

                                                                                                      Lovely modern, clean apartment. Great views of the harbour and Santa Pola is a lovely place.

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Mme Alvarez is very helpful and keen for her guests to have a good stay. We don't usually stay in apartments but found the building very quiet no slamming doors etc. It's right on the front so there is a little bit of music noise from the bars but it usually stopped about 11 and didn't bother us. Highly recommended.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 30-Oct-2016
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Oct 2016