The Jalón Valley is situated slightly inland from the coastal towns of Denia, Javea and Moraira in the Northern Costa Blanca. With easy access to the main coastal roads of Eastern Spain (N332 and AP7) and roughly mid-way between both Alicante and Valencia airports, the area is very popular with property investors looking for a holiday home to rent or ex-pats seeking a Spanish home in the sun.
It is a truly beautiful valley surrounded by the spectacular mountain range of the Sierra Bernia that separates the Marina Alta and Marina Bajo areas. The lush, fertile valley is home to groves of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, almonds and olives with abundant vineyards and other market garden produce.
Within the Jalón Valley are the quintessentially Spanish villages of Lliber, Alcalali and Parcent, with the town of Jalón lying in the centre of the valley. The area is renowned for its production of excellent wines which can be sampled and purchased from the numerous “bodegas” or wine cellars in the area and in the town of Jalón itself or if you fancy something sweeter, you can try the local speciality of almond cakes and biscuits. Every Saturday, Jalón is home to the local market or “rastro” where the serious shopper can spend hours wandering through stalls laden with everything from fruit and vegetables to flamenco dresses and cheap sunglasses. As this is a rural area, Castellano (largely known as “Spanish”) is the main language spoken with Valenciano (the local dialect of the Valenican Community) also being widely heard or spoken. Castellano and Valenciano are compulsory languages being taught in the local Spanish schools which is an import thing to bear in mind if you are planning to put your child into a local state-run school. However, the area is also home to the International private school of Lady Elizabeth where the English curriculum is taught.
Dotted around these villages are pretty residential urbanisations comprised of privately-owned villas, townhouses and low-level apartment blocks which are popular with the ex-pat communities who have made this area their home. Due to strict planning restrictions, any construction in this area has to be sympathetic to the area meaning that the valley has retained its rural appeal to both local residents and visitors making the Jalón Valley an idea place in which to buy a property or to take a long term rental in Spain.