Places of Interest

The first thing many people think of about Spain is the sunshine, which attracts millions of holidaymakers every year, the most tourist friendly country in the world.  We all feel happier in the sunshine, so relax by the pool and enjoy a cocktail or a cold beer under the Spanish rays at Casa Abril.

Did you know that Spaniards have the highest life expectancy in the world?  Maybe this is down to the Mediterranean diet which is rich in olive oil, fish and fresh vegetables…and the daily glass of red wine!  These are healthy habits which we should all enjoy.  Spaniards love their food and the ritual that surrounds it.   In the local village of Hondon you will find Spain’s most amazing food invention, tapas, a selection of typically local dishes served as hot or cold snacks.  We can highly recommend the local tapas bar “Vambu” which serves a selection of tapas, including patatas bravas which are to die for!

If you enjoy the outdoor life then this is the country for you.  The Spanish climate enables you to enjoy most outdoor activities, swimming, walking, horse riding & cycling…or simply relaxing by the pool soaking up the sun and re-charging your batteries.

Hondon

The Hondon Valley is a beautiful place to spend your holiday. With miles of fertile land used to grow grapes, almonds and olives, it is the perfect location to relax and unwind. Sunseekers are guaranteed 300+ days of sunshine a year.   The Costa Blanca is renowned for its health benefits and is reported to be the healthiest place to live in Europe.

In Hondon de las Nieves you will find a number of tapas bars and an Indian restaurant.  There are two markets held on Wednesday and Saturday where you can purchase fresh, local grown produce.  The village also has a pharmacy, a number of supermarkets, 2 butchers and tabac shop.  August is Fiesta time and Correfoc must not be missed. Evolved from a medieval practice, the Correfoc is a performance in which Good and Evil come head to head – We have to warn you this isn’t without it’s risks for bystanders. The Correfoc literally means “fire run”. People dressed as devils and goblins arm themselves with pitchforks and set off fireworks in the crowd, it sounds like a Health and Safety nightmare, but to date no deaths have been confirmed!

Altea Old Town

This is a typical Spanish town with pretty, narrow cobbled streets with white houses leading to a beautiful central square where you can enjoy local tapas and drinks. Altea is an artist’s and photographer’s dream location due to the town’s charm, fantastic light and natural beauty.  The Virgen del Consuelo church is situated in the main square.  Here you can enjoy the fabulous views looking over the Mediterranean and see the large skyscrapers of Benidorm in the distance.  Altea also has beautiful beaches and seafront promenade brimming with restaurants and bars.

Elche

The historic City of Elche offers you an opportunity to discover its many attractions. The palm tree grove, declared a World Heritage Site, is definitely worth a visit at €5 per person.

Elche has a cosmoplitan feel with many restaurants, bars and shops including the Salvador Artesano shoe factory for all shoe lovers and El Corte Ingles department store for all shopaholics. There is also a castle and a beautiful church to visit.

Novelda

Just 10 minutes away by car you can visit Santa Maria Magdalena church which was designed by a disciple of Antoni Gaudi.  For opening hours to explore the castle and view the inside of the church please go to www.novelda.es.  There is a lovely cafe where you can buy tapas and drinks and enjoy the amazing views.  If you are luck enough you maybe able to experience a traditional Spanish wedding.

Bodegas Cerda

For all you wine lovers out there the Bodegas Cerda tour at €15 per person is a must. The tour includes a brief history of the Bodega with a walk around the site finished off with a tasting room and tapas.  There is also a wine museum, restaurant and shop to purchase goods at the end of your tour.

Santa Pola

Santa Pola is a small fishing port with a beautiful harbour which has the largest amount of fishing boats on the Mediterranean sea. The town has fine sandy beaches with a beautiful clear sea. There are plenty of bars and restaurants along the coastline and marina, which is perfect if you enjoy people watching.  From Santa Pola harbour you can take a day trip to Tabarca island which was once inhabited by pirates but today is a marine reserve.  Return trip is €10 per person and boats run every 30 minutes.

Cycling

The Hondon Valley is a great location for both amateur and professional cyclists.  The valley and surrounding mountains provide the perfect backdrop and terrain for a day’s cycling.

The web site MapMyRide.com provides some popular cycling trails of various degrees of difficulty.