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WHY BUY A HOME IN JALON VALLEY?

The Jalon Valley, also known as Vall de Pop, attracts many visitors and permanent residents, due the more rural location in comparison with its neighbouring towns Jávea, Dénia and Moraira.

The Jalon Valley encompasses the towns of Parcent, Jalon, Alcalai and Liber, with Jalon as its capital.

The area is famous for its Mistela wine, produced locally by bodegas using the Muscatel grape, and for the beautiful almond blossom between the months of January and February.

WHAT CAN I DO WHEN I LIVE IN JALON VALLEY?
Despite its small size, there is plenty to do or see to cater to all interests in this region.

Bodegas
Jalon serves as the main hub in the area for wine making and, needless to say, is a must for those who love a tipple.  As you enter Jalon from Alcalali near the old stone bridge, you will spot the most popular producer, Bodega Xalo. Here, there is the option to pick up wines by the litre, as well as spirits, liqueurs, and other goodies such as olive oil and raisins. You can also purchase the locally produced Mistela wine at a fantastic price. The bodegas are open regularly in the summer and some days during the winter.

Jalon market
Directly across from Bodega Xalo you will find the antiques and flea market, which runs on Saturdays, starting at 08.30 and ending around 14.30. Here you can pick up a variety of antiques, as well as some clothing, paintings, ornaments, and handicrafts.

The second market of interest is held on Tuesdays in the church square, selling lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, and housewares.

If you’re interested in history, be sure to make time to have a look around the square, after your visit to the market, and stop for a coffee by the Santa Maria church to soak up the atmosphere.

Walking in Jalon Valley
There are a variety of walks to suit all levels here – one of the most popular being the almond blossom walk during January and February. At this time of the year, the entire Valley is drenched in white and pink blossom - a real treat not to be missed.

For those who are looking for something more challenging, or simply want to explore the different walking options available in the area, there are websites such as MapMyRun, where users have uploaded walks for members of the public to use.

Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers also run regular walks and have in-depth detail about different walking options on their website.

Additionally, there is the ‘U3A Vall de Pop’, an organisation specifically set up for those no longer in employment, which runs a ‘Wednesday Wanderers’ walking group, and walks the almond blossom  amongst other routes throughout the year.

You can view the options in more detail on their website here.

Cycling & Golf
It is not uncommon in the spring and winter months to see groups of both amateur and professional cyclists training in the mountains here, due to the pleasant climate and challenging roads.

There are also three golf courses not far from Jalon, located in Jávea, Bennisa, and La Sella.

Dining in Jalon Valley
As you may expect from such a productive agricultural area, the restaurants here make full use of regional produce such as lemons, oranges, raisins, almonds and honey.

Typical dishes you can sample include wild boar, butifarras (similar to black pudding), rabbit with garlic, as well as ‘arros amb fessols I penques’ – rice with green beans and artichokes.

Or, if you want a taste of home, there is also a traditional English fish and chip shop located not far from Bodega Xalo.

Overall, there is a wide variety of bars, restaurants, and quaint, locally owned businesses such as honey stores, butchers and bakers, with produce for you take home. For more information on the restaurants available you can view Trip Advisor.

Fiestas in Jalon Valley
In addition to Spain’s national fiestas, the towns of the Jalon Valley hold their own celebrations:

Parcent

August 10th – Celebrations for San Lorenzo

Alcalali

24th/25th June – St John the Baptist (San Juan).

26th June – Mass in honour of Blessed Francisco Tomás Ferrer.

August – St. Michael.

Orba

July – Fiesta to honour Santisimo Cristo (Patron Saint).

Jalon

April – The Fiesta del Romero takes place on the last Saturday of the month.

May 1st & 2nd – Medieval market and fayre.

July – Moors and Christians.

August – Bull running.

BUYING A PROPERTY IN JALON
If you are interested in buying a property in this area, be sure to check out the options currently available here.

 

Bargain Properties
Moraira-HP92998
3 bedroom villa for sale, Moraira
275,000 euros

Moraira-HP92998
Villa in Moraira, walk to beach
275,000 euros

Moraira-HP92998
Idyllic country villa in Orba.
159,000 euros

Moraira-HP92998
4 bedroom villa in Moraira
280,000 euros