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.

Hondón Villas on YouTube

Hondon Valley Property Agent

Well seems that the Hondón area is getting better known and it’s residents are keen to show you what they are doing and what is going on here in the Hondón Valley…. many people have uploaded their videos of local fiestas, events, concerts, markets, bars and restaurants.

If you search HONDÓN on YouTube there’s quite a lot of videos to see (of varying quality and interest). Look out for the ones about the local fiestas in the local villages of Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes, La Canalosa, La Romana and Aspe.

Visit YouTube (Hondon Property Videos)

Novelda: Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena

Undoubtedly, a must-see for any local traveller or resident who arrives in or lives near Novelda: The Sanctuary of Santa María Magdalena. Not only is this a beautiful piece of architecture that looks like a “Gaudi-esk” fairy tale castle on a hill but it is jewel in the crown of the local religious community.
Google Map Ref ::: https://goo.gl/maps/RjN6xn8GspA2

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 style is medieval, baroque and has influences that led the architect 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.

It also houses a unique marble piped organ, made form local marble (renowned in the area and sold worldwide). If you are lucky to catch the organist in residence he is usually happy to demonstrate its awesome sound.

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.

Inside the Novelda Sanctuary / Church

Spanish Property Growth in 2018

Official Notary figures show that the Spanish property market grew by 12% in 2018, compared to 16% in 2017… which continues the steady growth since 2014 when the market started to recover from that faithful 2008 crash that saw house prices and sales plummet. (src Spanish Property Insight). Alicante region saw a 15% increase.

Cien, One Hundred, Honderd, Cent

The Hondón Villas website has always been ahead of our local Real Estate competitors in design and speed. We regularly update, validate and code check the technical site of our sites and try to ensure it works for you and follows the latest and proper coding techniques such as HTML 5 and the European GDPR privacy rules. Our in-house expert (25+ years experience) codes and changes the site for best practises, security, privacy and in particular to make our site friendly for our mobile phone users.

So it’s great that we get regular feedback from Google Insights that our site is often graded 100/100 in terms of it’s speed, usability and 85/100 for it’s mobile friendly approach. Great! Hondon Villas were the first to offer a small screen alternative of our website for mobile and tablet users, which is around 60% of our visitors now. Our main competitor locally scores 5/100 for their mobile site. As far as we can ascertain no other website in our locality gets near 100/100. Proud!

It’s important because independent stat’s and research shows that most Internet users expect web sites to be fast, usable and mobile friendly or they simply move on … a lost chance to sell or inform.

So it is in our interest to get it right for our sellers and buyers marketing opportunities. We know we have had over 1.5 million site visits to our main hondonvillas.net site alone + 10,000’s more through property portals, sister websites and social media. WOW! (and you thought Hondon was a secret!)

W3C Validated Hondon Real Estate Site

Having had a Google Page#1 search position for 10 years or more is no accident. We have earned it through investing in technology, good W3C standards coding and regular content! But we cannot be complacent as Google does what Google wants and does de-rank sites for poor design or slow sites! So all websites owners like us are playing a cat & mouse game with Google to stay at the top. How you do that is no secret actually but it’s a constant process and takes up a lot or resources and time.

696 Detached Villa – Abanilla – BARGAIN Must view to appreciate

Hondon Villas are pleased to bring onto the market this well presented, detached villa close to the town of Abanilla.

The villa comprises of an open plan living room;with wood burning stove, dining and kitchen, with patio doors overlooking the covered terrace and swimming pool. There is a bedroom and bathroom on the ground floor with a further 2 bedrooms on the first floor, with access to a terrace with amazing views over the surrounding countryside.
Externally there is a landscaped garden, to the front of the property with parking for several cars. To the rear there is a lovely covered terrace, swimming pool and gazebo.
The property benefits from hot and cold air-conditioning in all rooms, solar heated hot water, satellite TV and an under build for storage.
The property is situated in the pretty hamlet of El Salado and only a few minutes drive into the town of Abanilla which has all local facilities including bars and restaurants, and a great weekly market.

MORE DETAILS HERE…

Ranked No #1 for Hondon Property!

Foe Sale: Villa in Macisvenda, Costa Blanca South.ONLINE EXPOSURE COUNTS!
2019: Our website monitoring services and search ranking tools show categorically that HONDONVILLAS.NET is BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR website for the area and related search words. (Read why it matters below…)

Simply our “property net” catches more buying fish!

It’s actually staggering that our group of websites, social media and major property portals (like A Place in the Sun, Zoopla, Right Move, HomeEspana, Kyero, Prime Location, Green Acres) get thousands of hits week-in-week-out. And to think the “Hondon Valley” is quite a smallish niche of the Spanish real estate market.

marketing on Portals and Sites

We are ranked higher and get about 5 times more traffic than our nearest rival for Hondon Property related searches and ‘click-throughs’.

Pstt! in case our competitors are reading (and they usually do) we won’t tell you where or how we do this but it’s definitely working.

We are CONSTANTLY on PAGE#1 of Search Engines like Google, Yahoo, Bing in the UK, NL and ES for pertinent key real estate phrases… such as “Hondon Property” / “Villas in Hondon” / “Hondon Valley Homes” / “Hondon Estate Agent” / “Villas for sale in Hondon”. No other local agent even comes close!

Why this matters:
It matters to you the seller because the majority of foreign house buyers now start their property search online. Years ago they’d go to a UK high-street agent or visit a property exhibition. So, you the seller get a better chance of a house viewing if we at Hondon Villas are higher up the search results. Further, Google’s own research shows most people never bother with page #2 of search results. So in this busy digital age, to sell your Hondon area property you really want to be with an agent that has a high-ranking  property website in the Search Engines and that gets lots of targeted visitors. Period!

To improve your chances of a sale, we also invest in major global portals and advertising (like Right Move, Kyero, Zoopla, Think Spain, Prime Location, etc), foreign websites, blogs and online / off line advertising in local papers. We also have a high visibility with the locals, engage in community publicity and sponsorship. Our social media channels are active and updated often.

Of course we also have our very own estate agent office HQ in both the Frailes and Nieves Plazas or visit our website www.hondonvillas.net / Facebook page or call us:
Office: +34 965 075 357

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/