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Fri 15 September 2023

Local News | LIVING IN THE JALON VALLEY (COSTA BLANCA)

If you love pretty, traditional villages with panoramic views of vineyards, valleys and mountains, living in Jalón Valley is for you.

“A paradise between the mountains” is how writer Gabriel Miró described Parcent, a small village in the Jalón Valley.

The valley is made up of several small villages equally as picturesque as Parcent and joined together by narrow, twisting roads and challenging mountain climbs - a delight for cyclists and hikers alike.

Also known as the Vall De Pop, this rural area is made up of eight towns or villages: Alcalali, Benigembla, Benissa, Lliber, Murla, Parcent, Senija & Jalón.

 

 

Alcalalí is famous for its almond blossom festival

Alcalalí attracts visitors by the thousands during its almond blossom festival in February when the valley turns into a pink-and-white wonderland. Its fertile land provides crops such as grapes for the local wines, olives, oranges and lemons as well as almonds.

Of Alcalalí’s population of 1,278 inhabitants, about 715 are foreigners mainly from the European Union and the UK.

Living by the riverside at Benigembla

Benigembla previously relied on the raisin trade and you can visit the old rius-raus buildings where the fruit was dried before being shipped across Europe. Benigembla sits at the foot of Sierra del Cavall next to the Xaló river.

With a population of around 500 villagers, of whom about 45% are immigrants, it’s an extremely peaceful place to live. It’s hard to believe it’s just 50 kilometres from Benidorm.

Living in Benissa where the mountains meet the sea

Benissa is a gorgeous small town of many contrasts - a well-preserved medieval centre, terraced vineyards, green valleys, four kilometres of wonderful beaches and coves with a spectacular mountainous backdrop. It’s the largest of the Jalón Valley but still small with a population of just 11,000, of whom around 65% are Spanish.

If you're looking for property in Benissa, there's a wide range including traditional Spanish townhouses in the centre of Benissa, modern villas in Benissa Costa on the hills overlooking the beautiful spanish coast, and old farmhouses or fincas which have been turned into large family homes.

Enjoying country views in Lliber

The little village of Lliber, lying next to the river Xaló in a green valley, has around 1,100 residents, of whom 62% are foreign-born. Its speciality is producing Moscatel wine which is marketed as Vall de Xaló wines by the Virgen Pobre cooperative in neighbouring Jalón as well as orange and almond orchards.

Living in Lliber means you can enjoy far-reaching mountain and valley views - scenery which is also proving popular with cycling tourists.

Murla’s important role in history

Standing in the centre of this small medieval village it’s hard to imagine the important part it played in Jalón Valley’s history. In the Middle Ages, Murla was the only village in the interior of the Marina Alta which had a Christian population. These people played a huge role in resettling people in the surrounding areas when the Moors were banished in 1609.

Now this tranquil village at the foot of Cavall Verd is home to around 490 people who love to live surrounded by an exquisite rural landscape. From here, you can explore the mountains and fertile valleys for hours by bike or on foot.

Living in paradise in Parcent

Around 900 residents presumably agree with Gabriel Miró that Parcent is their idea of paradise. The panoramic mountain views are simply stunning and are a major attraction for hikers, cyclists, photographers and people who want to live among nature.

Parcent also has an impressive parish church, the Iglesia Parroquial de la Purísima Concepción, with a unique bell tower dating back to 1929, and a communal laundry area by the river with gorgeous views.

Scenic rural Senija

Around 580 residents enjoy wonderful views over the picture-postcard-perfect Jalón Valley from their homes in Senija. Farmers have produced raisins here since ancient times and now citrus fruits, carob, olive and almond trees grow in abundance here too.

Jalón (Xaló) is home to two fine markets

Home to around 2,600 people, Jalón is what many people conjure up when they think of a traditional inland town in Spain. With its narrow streets and townhouses with impressive front doors and ornate balconies, Jalón has attracted many European immigrants.

It’s a popular stop-off for tourists who enjoy the bustling street market on Tuesdays, Jalón flea market on Saturdays filled with antiques and second-hand goods, and Bodega Xaló for wines, spirits, olive oils and the finest regional produce including honey and cheese.

What to do in Jalón Valley

Walkers, hikers and cyclists adore the Jalón Valley as its natural beauty creates a stunning backdrop for outdoor activities. You’re surrounded by majestic mountains and fertile green valleys full of citrus fruits, almond trees and vines at every turn.

It’s also a fine place for shopping locally - in the bodegas, family-run butchers and bakers, and street markets for example. Try the homemade sausages and sobrasada made of pork and paprika as well as the cocas - a dough base like pizza with various toppings including anchovies or peas.

Wander around the various towns and villages to visit the museums and churchs. A particular favourite is the medieval tower in Alcalalí which was originally built on five floors housing a prison, lords' living quarters, accommodation for servants and defenders, and a lookout platform on the top floor. 

Where in Spain is Jalón?

Jalón is in the Marina Alta region of Spain, part of the Valencia Comunidad on the east coast. It is 127kms from Valencia airport to the north and 93kms from Alicante airport to the south. It is also 40kms to Benidorm and just a 25-minute drive to the coast.

Jálon Valley property for sale

You'll find a wide variety of properties for sale in Jalón Valley. These include traditional townhouses, villas with pools, apartments, country houses with land and modern Ibiza-style villas.

Please get in touch so we can tell you more about buying property in the Jalón Valley and living in this beautiful region of Spain. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you every step of the way in finding your new home.

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