Nestled in the magnificent mountains of the Alicante region is the Hondon Valley; an oasis of rich fertile land, supplying traditional farming work for a large number of locals, and produce for the country. Traveling to, through and from the Hondon valley you will pass kilometer after kilometer of fields which are full of traditional produce. Orchards of fruits and fields of vegetables are in abundance. The land is worked year round, and so the landscape also changes constantly, the marred of colour from the blossom in spring, the rich green of the leaves in summer merging into the colours of the fruits as they become ripe in the Autumn. The Hondon Valley has all the rich textures, colours and vibrant smells of traditional Spain, yet is within in easy access of the main motorway networks and towns of Elche and Alicante. The airport at Alicante is a pleasant drive, taking approximately 25 minutes. The features of the old working Spanish town, with a slow peaceful way of life, can still be seen, with traditional Bodegas selling wine from the local fields at exceptionally good value.
Local produce can be bought from the open air markets twice a week; Wednesdays and Saturdays where fresh vegetables are in abundance. Clothing and other merchandise are sold at the stalls, with the stall holders eager to please. The indoor market on a Saturday has a supply of Mediterranean Seafood. If all you want to do is sit and relax, there are numerous places to take the weight off your feet, sit in the street cafes and take in the ambiance of local life, Tapas and people watch.
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Once the activities are over the village settles back to normal working life, until the next fiesta! The Hondon area provides an ideal base to explore the other surrounding villages and attractions. Although a car is essential for traveling further afield, cycling is very popular in this area, with challenging road routes through mountain roads, and for those looking for a more relaxed and enjoyable ride, there are cycle paths next to the road, along the valley bottom connecting Hondon de las Nieves (Valley of the Nuns) with Hondon de los Frailes (Valley of the Fryer’s). This path, stretching for approximately 8 Kilometres, passing La Canalosa, Las Casas de Galiana and a local urbanisation gives opportunities to explore further. Limited daily cycle hire is available from The Almond Grove; please enquire at the time of booking to avoid diapointment
Alternatively you could chose to spend the day working or relaxing by the pool. There are sockets for computers, telephone and hand held game charging with free wifi by the pool, so something to keep all the family entertained, not to mention paddling or swimming in the 18M x6M pool. Stay in The Almond Grove where there is on average 310 days of sunshine offered to this region each year. Having a good book, BBQ and living the outdoor life” that makes Spain such an attraction for many Western European visitors, and The Almond Grove the perfect place to be.
Lets not forget the golf courses in this area. There are 6 golf courses within 30Klm of The Almond Grove. All built by golfers for golfers, and if golfs not your Tee; travelling slightly further, approximately 30 minutes by car, you reach the beaches of the Mediterranean. Here you can lie in the sun; snorkel and swim in the sea; explore the town and soak in the atmosphere from the numerous bars and cafes along the coast.
Traditions abound, with religious festivals and holiday fiestas throughout the year. Watch out for the tomato festival, if you’re in the street, your fair game! Be warned, older clothes are recommended for these days with a good supply of water to wash the tomato flesh away. Some of the locals often stand in the gardens with hose pipes at the ready to help out any unsuspecting tourist who wandered into the festivities! The Hondon valley is a true gem which we were lucky to find and we would welcome you to come and share.
Hondon de las Nieves has a sports center, local football stadium, park for children to play in, with the church and village streets to explore; along with mountain walks. Information on walks is available in the village square and within the holiday lets information pack at The Almond Grove. Traveling a small distance, horse riding, mountain and hill walks, para gliding and even flying lessons are all available.
THE Almond Grove
One word of warning, be careful...you may fall in love with Spain, the people and life style...Particularly the Hondon Valley. we did and ended up moving here.
Do we regret it...Not at all!
Elche is an old university town, famed for its palm trees and prospered on shoe manufacturing. It is wonderful to walk around water displays in the park, visiting the castle, finding out about Romans looking at the architecture of the new and old Elche. After all that, sample Elche on an evening visit one of the many restaurants and soak in the atmosphere while working through delicious tapas! True Spain
Alicante is also a must see vibrant town, weather holidays in the sun, sightseeing, shopping or just passing through, there's lots to do, from ice skating in the square, taking part in traditions or just people watching,
we are sure you will find something different to do and make the unforgetable memories.