The Jalón and Orba Valleys are 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 (just over one hour’s drive), the area is very popular with property investors looking for a holiday home for a rental income or ex-pats seeking to buy or rent a Spanish home in the sun.
The area is truly beautiful, surrounded by the spectacular mountain range of the Sierra Bernia that separates the Marina Alta and Marina Bajo areas. The lush, fertile valleys are home to groves of oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruits, almonds and olives with abundant vineyards and other market garden produce.
Within the Jalón and Orba Valleys are the quintessentially Spanish villages of Jalon, Orba, Lliber, Alcalali and Parcent, with outlying villages of Benidoleig, Beniarbeig and Gata De Gorgas nearby. 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 school of LAUDE Lady Elizabeth where the English curriculum is taught (see also Xabia International College (XIC) and Steve Jobs School in nearby Jávea.
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 and Orba Valleys ideal places in which to buy a property or to take a long term rental in Spain.
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