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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

                                                                                                    Great host and amazing flat!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Rafael was very accommodating and provided excellent information very promptly. The flat was very nice and had everything we needed to have a great visit. Highly recommend!
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 30-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jan 2017

                                                                                                    Wonderful Family Holiday!

                                                                                                    5 of 5
                                                                                                    Dear Paula, I'm so sorry for how long it has taken me to leave this review, and to thank you for our fabulous stay at your family's beautiful villa, things have been a bit hectic!... Better late than never!!! Review.... Wonderful, clean, comfortable, peaceful, well-equipped villa with everything you could possibly need. Paula is fantastic and responds to communications extremely quickly, as does Michael, who is your local contact/property manager while you're there. Michael was great, giving tips and advice about where to go etc, and nothing was too much trouble. I had to text/email him and Paula several times because our flight was delayed on the way out - they were both great! And poor Michael who came to my rescue when I couldn't work out how to use the extractor fan!!! (You have to pull it out first!!!) A car is essential because, unless you are a golfer (which we are not!), there is nothing really to do within walking distance, especially with little ones (we were there with our two year old). Having said that, we had booked this holiday not really wanting to do very much other than lounge around by the pool and spend time together as a family, so the distance of the property to places within walking distance wasn't really an issue for us. There is a great little supermarket with almost everything you need a couple of minutes walk from the villa, and it is actually not that expensive, which I was expecting it would be with such a captive audience! The prices there seemed comparable to a local supermarket in the UK. If you do have a car there are great Carrefour and Aldi supermarkets a few minutes drive away which are very reasonably priced. There is even a little playground so you can leave hubby outside entertaining the kinds while you go in and do your shopping in peace!!! Useful tip - there is a keep cool box in the shed which you can use to keep your ice cubes/ice cream/meat etc cool in the hot care whilst on your way back! If you do have a car and want to do a bit of exploring, the villa is fantastically located to get straight on the motorway and get to the coast etc in no time at all. The airport is really close, and if you follow Paula's instructions (or use a sat nav), I think you can do it in about 15-20 minutes if memory serves correctly.... Unless you do neither of those things, and rely on printed maps and the logicality of Spanish road signs, in which case the journey could take you closer to 3 hours!!! :0|
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    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