The scores are in! Populous for Hondón Nieves

As real estate agents for the area we like to know the general trends and demographics of the Hondon Valley area. Well, the Spanish Institute of National Statistics (INE) and the Alicante government publishes annual figures on the population (births, deaths, marriages, migration, etc) of it’s towns and cities. E.G. this page is for Hondon de las Nieves published 29 Jan 2019.

http://documentacion.diputacionalicante.es/4hogares.asp?codigo=03077 or you can do your own reports on the www.ine.es website <

Figures here are based* on the Padron registrations, however experience suggests that the figures will not be wholly accurate (lower) as many of the foreign influx do not register or forget to re-register on the Padron, particularly when changing address.

Hondon Nieves Ayuntimiento
The Town Hall, Nieves Plaza

So using the Hondón de las Nieves figures (rounded up/down for ease) as an example for 2018 we can see that Nieves village had nearly 2,500 people on their Padron. The Padron register suggests that the overall population has decreased a few % over the last 3 years but again is that due to inertia of signing the Padron, deaths or some migration away or maybe less influx of foreigners / Brexit? There are some clues in the figures but no reasons given.

Age Span: It may come as no surprise that over 50% of these Hondon residents are over 50 years of age. Nieves has 5 people over 95 but less that 200 are under age 19.

Sex Span: The spilt of male (1,256) and female (1,218) is slightly in favour of men for this Hondon village.

Nationality and Birth: Nearly 1,600 people were born in Spain. Nieves has a 98% European population with about 900 as Extranjeros (foreigners). That number is down on other years. Why?

The figures of country split I looked at seem to omit the Dutch and Belguique. However, some working out would suggest that the Brits, Dutch and Belguique make up most of the foreign population in Nieves. But there are also a few German, French, Italians from the EU but about 40 Russian, Asian and South Americans amongst the population.

So Hondon de las Nieves is about 36% foreigners according to these recent stats. Which seems lower than most people would guess. What do you think?

Historically, the European influx was strongest after the 2008 crash! 2012/2013 shows the highest EU populas to number about 1,420. However that is a total but per year. e.g. in 2007 235 foreigners arrived but 2017 (ten years later) that was down to 79. It would appear we lost about 500 foreigners between then and 2018? From a real estate view point that would suggest there is lees of the property pie to serve which contrasts with our sales records over the last 5 years! We’ll try to puzzle that one out later.

Well now we know at least some basic population facts for Hondon de las Nieves… we’ll look at the Frailes figures soon. It’ll be interesting to compare Frailes with Nieves. Thank you for reading.

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*NOTES: Any figures here are interpreted from the official INE stat’s and only for general interest, rounded up and not for re-publication or official in any way. it’s also worth noting that most of us regard the area as the Hondon Valley which includes many small towns and villages as a population so the Nieves stats cannot reflect the true picture of the valley or does it?

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The Hondon Villas team (c2019)

About Novelda, a Vinalopó Town

Novelda is about 25 minutes from the Hondon Valley and 20 minutess from Alicante airport. It is often overlooked by foreign visitors which is a shame as it has a long history and significance for the local community and culture. Particularly for industry (agriculture and building), the local economy and historic architecture.
Watch the video or visit The Novelda Tourist site for up-to-date information.

So, in the Middle Ages, Novelda had two population centres, one on the hill of La Mola (there’s a castle & triangular Keep there) which was eventually abandoned to make way for the current location of the city we know today.

Novelda’s geographical location is in the Vinalopó corridor. This, has made it an important industrial and exporting town in the area. Its main economic activities are focused on:
A) the manufacture and processing of marble and natural stone which is extracted from the quarries of the district. It’s common as you drive in the area to see the marble factories and lorries with huge blocks of marble. And
B) the packaging and commercialisation of spices (especially saffron), condiments and infusions.
C) the cultivation of grapes, the uva embolsada for wine and eating. The Novelda grape farmers use an innovative “paper bag” technique to delay the grape harvest until winter, being these the typical grapes that people consume around Christmas and the New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena.

Undoubtedly, any travvler to Novelda should make a visit to the premier building in the area: The Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena.

This religious building was built from a project drawn up by the novel engineer Don José Sala Sala who imbued his project with the Catalan modernist style. Its construction, begun in 1918, required three phases, to complete the work in 1946.

In the main façade there are two 25m high lateral towers, culminated by a stone cross, which is also found in the dome and on the upper arches of the façade.

The decorative reasons would have antecedents in the medieval styles, baroque and in the own nature; influences that led the author to combine pebbles from the Vinalopó river, polychrome tiles, bricks, reddish colors, masonry, etc., which are reflected throughout the exterior of the building.

The interior is composed of a rectangular central nave with two attached side spaces, that is, an original base with the shape of a glass of ointment, a container with which, according to the Christian tradition, Mary Magdalene anointed the feet of Jesus Christ. In the background, in the apse, is the dressing room of Santa María Magdalena, copatrona de Novelda, and behind the altar we can admire a beautiful painting attributed to Gastón Castelló.

Modernism

Novelda architecture is know for it’s Modernism design history, being an embellishment of arty and excessive shapes and curves with soft and delicate waves, where flower and vegetable elements are found. The Casa-Museo Modernista is a good example of this and well worth a visit. Here and around the town you will see this in sculpture, painting, printing, literature, music and other artistic spheres.

Casa Museo Modernista

The local society developed towards a landowner upper class with their riches, political and social levels, the benefits obtained via the local agriculture, commerce and financial activities. With that wealth came ever more fancy building and decoration.

Curiously, in this town we find three of the best examples of the Modernist style in the Valencian areas: The Casa-Museo Modernista (24, Mayor St. – website here), the Centro Cultural Gómez- Tortosa (6, Mayor St.) and the Casa Mira (San Vicente St.), being the last one a private house and not open to visitors.

Hondón Grapes and more Grapes!

Grape Bagging in Hondon

The Hondón Valley is to have a bumper grape harvest despite the reported activities of high numbers of wild rabbits! Harvest time does seem to vary a lot across the valley and Costa Blanca. Near Nieves it seems to be anywhere between September and New Year. The late grapes are used for the New Year Celebrations with ’12 grapes and champagne’.

The grape harvest creates about 10,000 temporary jobs across the Costa Blanca and local growers have had a good year, despite a new “plague” of wild rabbits which have threatened the harvest in some areas.

In the main they grow table grapes in the areas of Novelda, Aspe, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, La Montanosa Urb, La Romana, Monforte del Cid and Agost. (most wine grapes are grown further north in the Jumilla area).

You will see millions & millions of grapes wrapped in paper bags to protect the grapes until they are picked from September onwards.

Last year production in the Hondón region was more than 40,000 tons.

SO EAT MORE GRAPES!

Deal or No Deal? Brexit Update

Well at least the Noel Edmonds TV quiz of the same name was entertaining and understandable! As for Brexit? Well we are still nervously waiting to fully know how Brexit will affect us Expats in Spain. Although a lot of positive bulletins have been confirmed, all we can do now is watch the news and keep as up-to-date as possible.

Live Podcast Jan 2019 on Brexit

Yesterday Jan 31st 2019 they broadcast live via Facebook on the latest Brexit news and answered many questions from concerned people. it was very informative and well presented, albeit an hour long. Well worth a watch as it should answer common concerns or point you on to further information. Login to Facebook to see this here: https://www.facebook.com/BritsInSpain/

Living In Spain Information

The British Embassy are also making a lot of information available to Expats in Spain via their “Living In Spain” series of articles on the UK Gov website: www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-spain . This includes useful information about residency, driving, healthcare, tax and working and so much more. You really should read and bookmark this site if you are already or wanting to be an Expat in Spain.

So check out the official information British people moving to and living in Spain need to know.

The first almond flowers arrive 2019!

The province of Alicante is already seeing the first pink and white blossom of the almond trees on their farmland. The areas of Torrellano, in Elche, Hondón de las Nieves and Hondón de los Frailes, in the Medio Vinalopó, the districts of Marina Alta and Vega Baja are some of the points of the province in which you can already enjoy a beautiful landscape.

This flowering is earlier than usual in the region. It is common for the first petals and the first almond buds to begin appearing at the beginning of February.

The relatively high temperatures in recent weeks in the region, where in some points, such as Elche, have reached between 18 and 20 degrees! We’ve seen people sun bathing on the coast. However, the local farmers are a little worried that some almonds groves in the mountains may be exposed to possible frosts as the local temperature and inclement weather can be cold in the evenings and early mornings in January and Feburary. Lately the Hondon Valley is feeling 3-5 degrees first thing BRrrrrrr! But all is well by mid morning and a lunch al-fresco is a still a pleasant experience.

Bodegas Cerda… the local Wine Merchant

We love the wine in Spain – and at about €1.25 per litre from the local Bodegas it is a absolute bargain!!

Wine Merchant in Hondon

In the Hondon Valley and beyond we have a nice array of wine growers wine merchants to choose from but the most spectacular one has to be Bodegas Cerda in Hondon de las Nieves. This building could grace any major town or city. It is a working producer and seller of many wine varieties to suite all pockets. As well as a museum to Hondon’s wine producing history it has an audio / visual room for tourists and educational trips.

The cobbled court yard is an ideal place to sample the wines with local tapas, cheeses and cured hams.

If you have not visited it yet … please do so as you will not be disappointed! It is truly the prize of Hondon’s architecture.

» http://www.bodegascerda.com/

Euro Tour Guide… What’s On?

If you want to know what events, fiestas and entertainment is available across the Costa Blanca then our friends at Euro Tour Guide are experts on events and tourism for the area.

Euro Tour Guide Logo

» Euro Tour Guide : They have an excellent website, video guides, events calendar and books. Their website is well worth subscribing to if you want to get more from your time on the Costa Blanca.

 

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet has been linked with good health, including a healthier heart. A Mediterranean diet incorporates the traditional healthy living habits of people from countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea, including France, Greece, Italy and Spain.

It was awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation in 2010 because it is much more than just healthy food, and because it has been consolidated as culture that promotes social interaction, respect for the land and biodiversity, and preservation of traditional and craft activities connected with agriculture and fishing.

In general, it is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods and a lot of seasoning and spices. It is usually consumed with wine, water or infusions. The UNESCO mentions Soria, in Castile-León, as a clear example of a city that is committed to the Mediterranean diet, even though it can be enjoyed all over Spain.

The Food Is Really Fresh

You won’t need to roam the frozen food aisles for the Med diet…. like the locals hit the bi-weekly markets for fresh seasonal food and keep it simple & mouth-watering such as salads, soups and stews. The Med diet in general is no-fuss and family food. You can build a yummy salad from market garden spinach, spring onions, asparagus, cucumbers, and tomatoes. Add classic Med’ ingredients like olives and local cheeses or cured hams or make a fresh cold soup such as Gazpacho.

Tapas

The Mediterrean Diet - Tapas!

The Greeks have meze, Spain has tapas! We love ’em! A tapa is an appetizer or snack in Spanish cuisine and translates to small portion of food usually to accompany a drink in a bar. You’ll find dedicated tapas bars all over Spain but Andalucia is famous for them. Tapas may be cold or hot. In some bars and restaurants in Spain, tapas have evolved into a more sophisticated cuisine. Many tapas are often combined to make a full meal. Some of our favourites are Tortilla, Serrano Ham, Manchego cheese, grilled asparagus, chorizo in red wine, olives, Pinchos (small open sandwiches) and of course Patatas Bravos! And the garlic dip Ali-Oli served with fresh bread is pretty much the law in this area.

Olive Oil

Healthy Meditterraen DietYou cannot have a Med Diet without Olive oil, a good green virgin type is a must. It’s healthy than other oils or fats.

It is extracted from olives, the fruit of the olive tree which, together with wheat and vines, makes up the triad of Mediterranean plants.

The oil composition of this fruit varies, depending on the type of olive, the soil, the climate and how it is grown. Olives are composed of about 30% oil. All olives can produce excellent virgin oils, each with their particular characteristics. They need to be picked carefully and they must be processed the same day they are harvested. Olive oil has exceptional properties for human health and its consumption is essential in most of the culinary creations made nowadays in Mediterranean countries.

Saffron

Saffron is a deeply rooted condiment, both economically and culturally, in many parts od Spain, traditionally used in Paella. It should not be considered just another agricultural product, rather part of the historic and cultural patrimony of the region that must be protected and preserved. It has enjoyed a Protected Denomination of Origin since 17 March 2001.

This plant was introduced to Spain by the Arabs. Cultivation has been maintained ever since its arrival to the region of La Mancha. Saffron is obtained from the dried stigmas of the saffron crocus: Crocus sativus. It is used as a condiment, providing dishes with a characteristic orange colour and slightly bitter taste, as well as an exotic aroma. Saffron from La Mancha under the Denomination of Origin must always be saffron from the current harvest, since it loses quality over the years.

The Spices Are Delicious

Whilst Med food is not “hot” like asian food they do use simple herbs and spices such as bay leaves, cilantro ( coriander ), parsley, rosemary, garlic, pepper and cinnamon to add so much flavour… rarely will you need to reach for the salt shaker. Some have health benefits, too. Coriander and rosemary, for example, have disease-fighting antioxidants and nutrients.

You Can Have Wine

A glass of vino with meals is common in many Mediterranean countries and Spain is no exception (and so cheap!), where dining is often leisurely and social. Some studies suggest that for some people, up to one glass a day for women and two for men may be good for your heart! And despite the wine snobs aversion to Spanish wine, there is excellent quality and variety to choose from and priced a fraction of French or Australian wines.

Research Sources:  Spain.info / Wikipedia /  WebMD /

Retirement Villas in the Hondon Valley

The Hondon Valley inland Costa Blanca South is  a popular choice with Expats who come from all over northern Europe to enjoy retired life. The “buyer’s market” and low house prices at the current time attracts 1000’s for bargain villas to the Spanish sun and culture. 2 Bed villas with all mod-cons can start from as little as €100,000!… and 3 Bed with a pool around €170,000.

Retirement means different things to different people and everybody has differing ideas and priorities about how they want to live during this stage of their life. There is no single ideal retirement destination that will suit everyone. But the Hondon Valley as proven popular with the 55+ age groups… the “baby boomer” generation are here and loving it!

Spanish Lifestyle, The Good Life!

There are a few common factors that most retirees look for in a location they would consider relocating to, such as plentiful and varied recreation, affordable living costs, the availability of high quality health care facilities, low crime rates, safety, community services, good climate, beautiful landscapes, adequate transportation facilities, volunteer and work opportunities.

You can cherish every moment of your new life in the best possible way, when you spend it in Spain.

» For Sale: Villas for Sale in La Montanosa Urb, Hondon Valley.

Spain, the land of bull-fighting, sangria, the paella, the siesta and the large number of fiestas has something for everyone. You will not have one moment of boredom as the Spanish celebrate life throughout the year. To help enjoy your retirement life and your stay here in an excellent way, you can rent or buy a luxury villa in Spain.

Mountain Views

The Hondon Valley in the Costa Blanca South is a ‘best kept secret holiday and retirement destination in Spain. Whether you are planning to visit this area in summer or winter, there are plenty of luxury vacation rentals and apartments to rent at Hondon Villas in Costa Blanca which will perfectly suit your requirements, whether you’re looking to holiday on a budget or you’re happy to spend a little more for some added luxury.

You can have your own luxury Hondon villa within easy driving distance of the wonderful beaches in Costa Blanca South or in the heart of any of the many top class golf resorts. You can also go for luxury villas in the rural areas, to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Spanish countryside and mountain regions. Apart from these, there are many good locations where you can decide to have your luxury villa in Costa Blanca South. Not just luxury villas, you can also choose to own a coastal apartment, a comfortable apartment with shady veranda or individual houses with private pools and all the luxuries you want to have. Now you can take the help of Hondon Villas to find your dream home in Spain.

Hondon Valley Property AgentHondon Villas is a great place to rent or buy a luxury vacation rental in the Hondon Valley area for a fantastic summer holiday. Or these modern luxury villas are designed for permanent residence as well as for vacations in Hondón Valley. You can choose as per your requirements to enjoy a hassle-free life in Costa Blanca South.

» Visit the Hondon Real Estate offices:
Central Plaza Hondon de los Frailes 03689 or
Central Plaza Hondon de las Nieves 03688
or TEL: +34 965 075 357

Hondón grapes and more grapes!

Grape Bagging in HondonThe Hondón Valley is to have a bumper grape harvest despite the reported activities of high numbers of wild rabbits!

Harvest time does seem to vary a lot across the Hondon valley and the Costa Blanca. Near Hondón de las Nieves it seems to be anywhere between September and New Year. The late grapes are used for the New Year Celebrations when the Spanish tradition is to eat “12 grapes and drink cava” to the toll of the midnight bells.

The grape harvest creates about 10,000 temporary jobs across the Costa Blanca and local growers have had a good year, despite a new “plague” of wild rabbits which have threatened the harvest in some areas. The early and heavy spring rains and glorious summer sun has created some fat juicy grapes this year. The farmers are generally happy. Although many acres have been changed to more profitable market garden crops such as spring onions and chillies in recent years.

In the main they grow table grapes in the areas of Novelda, Aspe, Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, La Montanosa Urb, La Romana, Monforte del Cid and Agost. (most wine grapes are grown further north in the Jumilla / Pinoso areas).

You will see millions & millions of grapes wrapped in paper bags to protect the grapes until they are picked from September onwards. Last year production in the Hondón region was more than 40,000 tons according to the Spanish newspaper “La Informacion”.

SO EAT MORE GRAPES – They are good for you and the local economy!