Our Four-legged Friends in Hondón

She was an active little thing black and white with brown markings. After the loss of one of our family the need for the remaining little male to have company to help with his mourning was real.

Hondon Valley Animal Charities

The steel mesh cages at the home where the strays are housed had about twelve dancing and excited faces running around which came to a stop as we appeared. They clambered over each other to get to the wire, each trying to be the nearest to us, all with sparkling eyes a yapping tongue with tails a wagging.

We were visiting ‘Hovar’ (Hondon Valley Animal Rescue) situated between the two villages of Hondon de los Frailes and Hondon de las Nieves, who, similar to Barkingside rescue abandoned animals and find new homes for them.

We now had a problem … what one to choose? The long-haired ones, sausage type dogs, skinny ones and the opposites all pleading in their own way to be chosen. They were all excited to see us which made us feel sad as we could only take one of them.

There was a little female Jack Russel smarter than the others, she stood on the outside of the crowd quite still and when she knew she had our attention her little face lit up, giving a short bark, turning around and running a little way up the enclosure, turned again and gave another little bark as if she was talking to us and wanted to play.

She was now certain she had our attention and went into a kennel and disappeared. We felt a little disappointed because in our hearts she was exactly what we were looking for and now she had gone. Then her little face appeared around the corner of the opening and looking straight at my wife Jean, as if speaking to her gave a couple of sharp yelps before disappearing again, only to quickly reappear and repeat the process.

Meg had chosen us, joining our family that day and has become a lovely little friend. Like a child she loves company and cuddles and always knows how to get her own way with looks and sulks and different attitudes of expressing herself sometimes with a low woof.

Seven years on and we still do not know how old she is as it was not known when she came into our lives. She understands our way of living and has become very protective of her home and us, in doing so she has developed into a beautiful lovely dear old friend, who sits near and follows us everywhere.

Would you like to help our local Animals?
The Hondon Valley has numerous animal charities always in need of volunteers or donations. They work 24/7 all year, so if you can help you’ll find them on Facebook, or just search Google or Facebook for “Hondon”. Thank you.

Copyright 2020. This article was kindly written for Hondon Villas and the Hondón Community by Percy Chattey, a member of the local Hondon Writing Circle .

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Expats love the Alicante Region

Buying in the Alicante region is a well oiled process now. 50% of property is bought by foreigners. Hondón is 30 minutes from Alicante Airport and well established with Expat Brits, Dutch and many other nationalities. Houses are much better value here than most of northern Europe and of course the Spanish weather and hospitality is a massive factor to move… a lifestyle choice very few regret. “Tranquilo” is the by-word … the other is “Salud”. No stress here unless you bring it with you.

Alicante area has a lot to offer even the most discerning people, from quiet tranquil valleys, steeped in Spanish culture to the hustle bustle of the Costa’s tourist beaches. We think it’s outstanding and urge everyone to have a sense of adventure in discovering the region.

You’ll find all you need here in the Alicante Province:
Great value Spanish property and a buyer’s market.
A wide variety of international entertainment, bars, restaurants
Fiestas, Fiestas, Fiestas and traditional arts !!
Large shopping malls or small artisan shops and markets
Tapas and local cuisine
Sunshine 300+ days per year
Clean air, streets and Blue Flag beaches
Spanish History & Culture Galore!
Water sports, sea-faring and natural parks
Great walking country
Golf courses… and more golf courses
Hobby clubs, community centres and volunteer organisations
… and so much more!

Hondon really refers to an area of villages in the Hondon Valley. The two principal villages of Frailes and Nieves are the main attractions but there are far too many small enclaves to mention. As part of the redevelopment of the area a 400 villa Urbanisation was build 15 years ago to meet demand from foreign investors. This is called La Montanosa and is now well established, very pretty and has a sought-after property market. The villas are regarded as luxury, well built and unbelievable value for money.

Many people use Hondon as a retirement hub and base to discover more of the Alicante region, for others it is a frequent holiday destination. You definitely need a car here as there are few buses or taxis to get you out of the villages but you’ll want to get around and discover the delights of the area at your pace, so factor in a car or you’ll be missing out.

At Hondon Villas we’ve met and helped many many international clients find their dream homes. And we love to do that…. our office is in the central Plaza of Hondón de los Frailes, a typical sleepy Spanish village inland. It’s a friendly place and has most of your day-to-day needs close by…. and it’s SO RELAXING, many retirees come here and happily get by on their pensions and equity. Life is better.

Hondon Villas are the 1st agent in the area to have a central office and with 15 years in the area are best placed to advise you. If you want to know more about the Hondón Valley, property purchase or general Spanish life, JUST ASK! OUR WEBSITE and CONTACT DETAILS::: www.hondonvillas.net

Hondon’s Local Agent for 15 Years!
TEL: +34 965 075 357
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Nearby Towns & Villages, Hondon Valley Areas

This map shows the main local towns and villages in which Hondon Villas SL operate. The Hondón Valley is about 30 minutes inland from Alicante Airport.

Our office is situated in the main square of Hondon de los Frailes at Calle Juan Carlos #24 (near the corner restaurant & opposite the Town Hall).

NOTES: Click/Pinch/Mouse to Zoom or view Pin Locations… Google Maps may identify Hondón de las Nieves in it’s old name of “El Fondo de la Neus”.

VIEW SPANISH PROPERTY HERE: We have villas, homes, apartments and fincas for sale in the following Spanish towns and villages: | Abanilla | Albatera | Alenda Golf | Alguena | Alicante | Aspe | Barbarroja | Barinas | Benferri | Canada del la Lena | Canada del Trigo | Crevillente | El Canton | Elche | Fortuna | Hondon de las Nieves | Hondon de los Frailes | La Canalosa | La Matanza | La Romana | Macisvenda | Monforte del Cid | Monovar | Novelda | Pinoso | Salinas | Sax | We are in the Hondon Valley. Spanish Property Agent. Looking for Hondon Villas in Dutch / Nederlands?

And nearby is ….

  • Nearest city is Elche, “the city of palms” and well worth a visit
  • Alicante Airport (30minutes) | Murcia San Javea Airport – 55 minutes
  • Health Clinics and Hospitals in Aspe, Novelda, Elda and Alicante
  • Private Doctors nearby
  • l’Aljub retail malls, food halls and entertainment in Elche (20 minutes)
  • El Corte Ingles (department store) in Elche and Alicante
  • Leisure Centres in Aspe and Hondon de las Nieves
  • Sports gym and fitness groups in Frailes
  • Supermarkets in Nieves, Aspe, Albatera, Elche, Crevillente
  • Cinema & Theatre in Elche
  • Open air markets in abundance – local ones are on Weds & Saturday
  • Coast and Beach 25/30 minutes

Bars / Restaurants in/near Hondon de los Frailes

Novelda Magdalena Church
Novelda Church
  • Veintiocho 28 Restaurant : Plaza, Hondon de los Frailes – Restaurant and bar, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner most days
  • La Buena Vida : International Cuisine Restaurant in Hondon de los Frailes Plaza
  • Bar Caramel : Bar, snacks and music (main road Frailes)
  • Infinity: Restaurant. Avenida Constitucion #8, Hondon de los Frailes
  • El Nuevo Valle : Frailes Plaza, Sports TV bar, lunch, dinner, pizza, snacks
  • Tipsy Terrace : Bar, snacks and meals. Open everyday.
  • Bar Pepin : Frailes, Main road. daily food, drinks, bingo and quiz
  • Punjabi Virsa : Frailes Plaza. Sit-in or takeaway curries and Asian cuisine
  • El Fogon : Barbarroja Bar, restaurant, events and music venue. Private parties catered for
  • Finca El Romana : Barbarroja based restaurant, bar and guest house

Bars / Restaurants in/near Hondon de las Nieves

  • La Finca Montanosa : Hotel and restaurant, on the Hondon urbanization
  • Bocadito Gourmet Restaurant: Spanish menu – Nieves Plaza
  • Texas Ranch : Americana – Nieves Plaza
  • La Font : Nieves Plaza (near the fountain
  • Bombay Indian Restaurant : Nieves Plaza
  • Central Bar : Nieves Plaza bar, restaurant, BBQ, cafe, music and quiz
  • Bodegas Cerda : Wine merchant in Nieves, museum and tasting groups
  • Solo Hazlo : Bar Restaurant in Hondon de las Nieves Plaza
  • Restaurante Polideportivo : Fish restaurant next to the sport centre, Nieves

A Place in the Sun New Series

A Place in the Sun is returning to Channel 4 with a new series!

We’re all in need of a bit of escapism at the moment, so from Monday 11th May these new episodes be transporting you to sunnier climes for an hour each weekday with our all star line-up of presenters!

Tune in to Channel 4 at 3pm every day for four weeks of brand new episodes full of sun, sea and property hunting. The usual APITS crew will be presenting episodes across the globe.

Danni Menzies, Laura Hamilton, Jonnie Irwin, Jasmine Harman, Scarlette Douglas, Ben Hillman and Jean Johansson will be searching for the perfect properties for their househunters across Spain, Portugal, the Canary Islands and France.

And in the first week of episodes we’ll be heading to Costa Almeria, Tenerife, Costa Dorada, Portugal’s Silver Coast and Sucina.
Article : APITS Blog (6th May 2020)

A Quick Guide to the Hondón Valley

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Peaceful, friendly, warm and surrounded by beauty

The main two villages of Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes nest in the beautiful Hondon Valley. For decades they have grown an abundance of agricultural delights such as Grapes, Almonds and Olives (the main economy).

The Hondon Valley Urb.

Hondón is surrounded by an expanse of stunning mountain views and traditional arid Spanish countryside. These excellent vistas are a delight in all seasons! Take a walk or drive through the country roads and you will just marvel at the changing light, shadows and picturesque skies.

The Hondon Valley is well known for its mild climate and pleasant summer breezes, which is very welcoming in those hot summer months when temperatures rarely fall below 30 degrees. The region enjoys sunshine in excess of 310 days per year, where the air is very clean and the pace of life slow. Hondon offers a very peaceful and stress free life.

Come take a look at the Valley of the Vines, drink the local wine under the bluest of skies and feel the warmth of the Spanish sun on your face … and you’re hooked! We were! We love it!

Hondon’s Grapes & Almonds

The area is well known for its Grape Vines, Wine and Almond Groves. It is sometimes called ‘The Valley of the Vines’. For the ramblers the mountain climb / walks are a superb way of experiencing fresh air, exercise, rural Spain and incredible vistas.

The village of Hondon de las Nieves has a very attractive and newly renovated church on the hill. In the square (plaza) below and surrounding streets there are a number of small bars and restaurants, local bakers, butchers, a medical centre, dentist, iron mongers, chemist, banks, optician, solicitor, hairdressers, shoe shop, supermarkets, electrical goods suppliers, petrol station, a post office, school, and a 24 hour shop … all you need really. There is a general market twice a week and of course a few Wine Bodegas, please try the Bodegas Cerda (Outstanding!) for those very tasty and very inexpensive Spanish wines. The bars/diners are in the main plaza: Hazlo, Bar Central, Bocadito Gourmet, La Font and more.

La Finca Restaurant

Lots of Traditional Spanish Fiestas

Many Fiestas are held in the village and the Spanish love to party, they also know how to do it well. One Fiesta in August which is a brilliant night is the Medieval Markets and Fiestas with costumed characters, music, stalls and games. At the end of the night there is a spectacular firework “Correfocs” display, which should not to be missed. The decorative street competitions take place which are very colourful, not to mention the amazing costumes worn by the whole family of adults and children.

Fiesta del Agua

Hondon & Surrounding Area:

There are many villages and towns to visit too many to list but all within 5 to 20 minutes drive, here are a few to give you a taster of the places to visit around the Hondon Valley.

Hondon de las Frailes is only a 5 minutes drive away, here you can find all local amenities including a private gym, a private Doctor, Physiotherapist, Town hall and a lovely church. Shops include a garden centre, ironmongers (DIY), butcher, grocers, tobacconist and a pet shop/vet + beauty salons. We have many bars and restaurants: Veintiocho (28), El Nuevo Valle, El Romero, Tipsy Terrace, El Charro, Bar Pepin and El Fogon – All recommended for al-fresco Tapas, daily meals and dinner or to just while away the hours!. We hear the breakfasts are excellent too! (which if you are Spanish might be just a strong coffee and a brandy.

Alguena only 15 minutes drive where a local Sunday market is well worth the visit as is the nearby ‘Marble Mountain’ that can be seen from the road into the village and is quite amazing.

Aspe, a larger town is approximately 15 minutes drive away with all main amenities available, a large supermarket and market day here is Tuesday and Thursday. This is a very busy place with quite a lot of buildings with character, a central park, a lovely church square and an indoor food market.

Elche is approximately 20 minutes drive and is known as the City of the Palms. It has lovely parks and as the name suggests 1000′s of palm trees almost everywhere! This is also the area where the shoe shops/outlets are in abundance… so if shoes are your thing you are sure to get some here. There is a large modern shopping centre called Al’ Jub with designer shops, children’s shops, jewellers and accessory shops, household shops, pet shops and of course more shoe shops! The centre houses a large food, electrical, clothes and fancy goods supermarket selling almost anything! If you are in need of a drink or a bite to eat then visit the food mall upstairs where there are with many choices of restaurants, bars and fast food bars + a cinema and bowling alley. So there’s plenty to do nearby.


Property Locations: Rural property for sale in Aspe, Elche, Novelda, Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes, Alicante, Costa Blanca South in Spain. Plus searching for Spanish property on La Montanosa Villas for Sale with a swimming pool and parking. Read the News, Weather, Properties and Holidays in Hondon. Wine Bodega in Hondon. Fiestas such as Medieval Market. HVLaMontanosaUrbValleyShot

Hondon Weather in Hondon de las Nieves

Spain: The weather in the hondon valley is mostly sunshine and warm. There are many properties to buy in hondon de las nieves and villas for rent. The urbanisation is called La Montañosa Hondón. You can view fincas, holiday cottages and luxury villas. There is car hire through Hondon-Rent-A-Car. We are part of the Costa Blanca South with new build and new development. Builders such as Gama, Contrimar, Conchitta Villas and others have property for sale. Many agents are based in the HONDON VALLEY selling homes, houses, villas and fincas.

Ethnographic Museum coming to Hondón Nieves

Hondón de las Nieves completes the remodelling works of its Ethnographic Museum
C2020 Article : https://www.diarioinformacion.com/

The local town hall has invested 400,000 euros in the project between the acquisition of the property and the subsequent adaptation of the facilities to showcase local culture and customs. No completion date is given as yet.
reports Èlia Armero 02/15/2020 | 22:26

c2020 Image c/o Diario Información

Acquisition and Costs: The historian Ramón Santonja who is supervising the projecy says the reformed building will house the new cultural space of the area and was acquired by the Hondón de las Nieves Council a few years ago for an amount of about 200,000 euros. Along with the purchase of the main property, an exterior space annexed to the building was also obtained. In total, the budget dedicated to this project, between the purchase and the renovation works, amounts to more than 400,000 euros.

This large estate is located on Calle San José, in the Rabal area, and is dated from the 1950s. It was an old winery and oil mill that had been closed for many years. With regard to the terraces attached to the building, it should be noted that “it has been used to carry out various events, such as the Fondó Verd, an ecological fair and a children’s cinema. Also, part of that space is already being used as an urban garden.

Work in Progress: The restoration work of this future Museum began “by cleaning the interior and maintaining the original parts of the winery and the oil mill that was inside and that, to this day, remain.” The intention is “to reuse the maximum architectural elements of the original construction,” says Santonja, thus retaining some of it’s original character.

Also, “the roof has been changed and the upper part of the walls have also been reinforced because they were badly deteriorated, as well as the wooden beams, which have all been changed”, so the roof “is completely new.” However, “there are still a few months of work” and, at the moment, there is no date for its inauguration yet A building that will house the history, archaeology, historical and anthropological heritage related to Hondón de las Nieves.

Ethnographic: adjective: ethnographic, ethnographical
Relating to the scientific description of local peoples and cultures with their customs, habits, and mutual differences.

Santa Magdalena, Novelda Church – A Must See!

The Santuario de Santa Magdalena on the outskirts of Novelda is a 20/30 minute drive from the Hondón Valley. It’s well worth a visit and is an interesting piece of architecture overlooking the town and the new high-speed railway to Madrid.

As you can see from the picture here the external masonry is very “Gaudi-esk” in style, similar to the iconic buildings of Barcelona. You will marvel at the ornate work on the outside but if it is open you should also peek inside as it is equally as beautiful and features the only 70 piece marble pipe organ in the world. On the day we went the organist was there and proudly played a few hymns. An awesome sound.

Along side the church is also a triangular keep (tower) and grounds. It has limited opening times so check the link below before setting off. It is best seen on calm warm sunny day like we did… it’s definitely worth a look. Maybe you could combine this with a trip to the Novelda town market, usually a Wednesday.

Google Map here
Find out more on TripAdvisor

A Quick Guide to Albatera

Albatera (see Google Map), an historic Spanish City and municipality located close to the Vega Baja del Segura. It is in the province of Alicante, part of the Valencian Community on the Costa Blanca South, Spain. Albatera comes from the words “Alba”, meaning Spanish and “Terra”, meaning land. Albatera basically means “Spanish Land”.

Albatera Town Hall: The Albatera Ayuntimiento have more information online:
» More about Albatera here: Albatera Tourist Information or try here.

Geography: Albatera has an area of 66.5 km2 and according to the last census 2005, has an approx’ population of 12,000 inhabitants. It is near to the towns of Crevillente, Orihuela, San Isidro (Train Station), Catral and Cox.

The closest airport to Albatera is Alicante (L’Altet) at around 38 kilometres (35 minutes drive), although San Javier Airport (Murcia) is also easily drivable. The postcode for Albatera is 03340. Road access to Albatera is usually the E-15 (A-7) and N-340 roads.

Weather and Economy: The climate is typical Mediterranean, with an average annual temperature of 19ºC, reaching 30+ in the summer with over 300 days of sunshine per year. The economy of Albatera is mainly based on trading “confección costura” (Clothing Manufacture) and farming/agriculture. You cannot fail to spot the acre upon acre of crops such as lemons, oranges, figs and olives… and they are delicious!

Culture and Events: The population are mostly Castilian speakers, although there is a push to speak the Valencian language now. The main town hosts mainly Spanish, Hispanics and North Africans. However, the surrounding “Campo” has many homes of retired northern Europeans such as the British and Dutch who own either holiday villas or have migrated for the “Spanish Dream”.

Catholic Church:The most important and central monument in the city is the baroque Catholic church built in 1727 which is the centre piece of the main Plaza. Also important is the Sanctuary of the Patroness of the Virgen del Rosario or Aurora, who is celebrated on the first Sunday of October by the “Brotherhood of Our Lady”. Albatera has a long history of cultural tradition such as traditional music, with two local bands, a choir and parish choirs.

Fiestas: Albatera, like many Spanish cities/towns, offer a week of Fiestas for the community (the whole family can join in). The main and colourful parade event being the “Moors and Christians”, which are spectacular, a “must see”. The Semana Santa (Easter) is also a very religious and a busy time for the city. The festivities in honour of the town’s patron St. James, are usually held the week of July 25th. Albatera is still developing with the construction in recent years of the House of Culture in the “Parque de la Huerta” (30,000 m2), the House of Music and more sports facilities (including a new public outdoor pool).

Nature: As Albatera is surrounded by mountains and natural parks (Parque de Montana) it boasts excellent outdoor activities such as walking/hiking such as the “Rambla de la Sal”, cycling and shooting sports. They have also recently built an outdoor communal swimming pool.

Come visit the Hondon Valley… with beautiful mountain views, the vineyards and 300+ Days of glorious Spanish sunshine per year!

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