Se Vende Boards Go Missing!

Se Vende For SaleDecember 11, 2015
Today,
we are appealing for any more witnesses as one of the Hondón Villas team had to recover another one of our “Se Vende” boards from the bins.

A local Hondón resident living on the Urbanisation La Montañosa informed us that they had witnessed another Hondón agent (who was named as Steven from Hondon Valley Homes) and who trades from his home and car on the Urbanisation who was seen at approximately 1.10pm yesterday (10th Dec 2014) and without our consent, “ripping down” our Se Vende advertising board on the gate of a house: Avenida Costa Blanca 7 (which was originally attached by us with the owner’s written permission). This agent’s own for-sale board was left up of course.

[ This continues on our Facebook Page and includes replies from the other agent ]

The agent then placed our board in his white car and was seen to drive in the direction of the Urb’ rubbish bins where our board was dumped in the green bin closest to the road side on the right side entering the Urb’ entrance.

This is NOT the FIRST time our Se Vende boards have disappeared from our listed properties but at least on this occasion we do have one witness to yesterday’s board removal. We are interested to know if anyone else saw either the Hondon Villas Se Vende board (green & blue) being removed or our board been placed in the bin by this person. Or in fact any other sightings of agents taking our boards down.

Hondon Villas seek to continue business in a fair way with local people – it’s the only way. Categorically, we would never take down another agent’s board without express permission and would certainly never bin another agent’s advertising board. It’s unprofessional.

The right, professional and usual method is for the home owner or his/her agent to call, text or email other agents to ask for the board to be taken down. It takes a few minutes!

Please contact Hondon Villas if you have witnessed the above or any other incident that might be seen as bad practise.

Further: we prefer fair competition and will happily deal with trusted partners and can only work with people and businesses who respect others. Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

The Hondon Villas Team
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Bodegas Hondón (Wine Merchants in Nieves)

Bodegas Hondón, some of the best wines in the area!
Entering Bodegas Hondón is to immerse yourself in the world of wine. This popular wine maker and seller use traditional centuries-old techniques to produce a local wine that can be shared by all. The locals know this wine well and there’s sure to be a wine to suit your tastes.

Bodegas Hondón brings to the Alicante region a quality wine directly from the barrel to our tables, with natural ingredients and with all its flavour.

The establishment collects grapes and production of prestigious wineries of Hondón de las Nieves, Jumilla, Monovar, La Romana or La Roda. Likewise, Bodegas Hondón has on its shelves a selection of marcs (such as Galicia), liqueurs, wines of denominations of origin of La Rioja, Ribera de Duero or Montilla Moriles, the traditional El Herbero traditional of this province or delicious wine Sweet Hondón.

Bodegas Hondón also has a variety of quality products such as oils, salted, hams, pickles, preserves, legumes, etc., and an excellent service of its staff who will advise their clients on any matter related to the wine culture of Hondón.

LOCATION / OPEN TIMES: Bodegas Hondón is located at Calle Joaquín Blume, 38. Open from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, from Monday to Friday. Saturdays are open between 9 and 14 hours. Phone: 615 278 989.

La Finca Restaurant, La Montañosa Urb.

La Finca Montanosa

ARTICLE COPYRIGHT ©2016 by Hondon Villas:
The La Montañosa urbanisation boasts an excellent accommodation and social venue: “Hotel & Restaurant Finca La Montañosa” for accommodation, fine dining, drinks and entertainment. This old rustic farm house building is set central in this relatively new urban development, once a large almond grove. La Montanosa Urb. is located central to the two main and typical country villages of the Hondon Valley: namely Frailes and Nieves (about five minutes drive in either direction. (see Google map)

La Finca Montañosa has been lovingly restored and modernised by the owner and urb’ developer: Mi Casa Familie over the last decade. It retains its Spanish style with high ceilings, wooden decor’ and has various guest rooms, a large restaurant,  bar, wine cellar and games room. There is also a enclosed courtyard for functions.

Weddings and Social Events

The external gardens and courtyard are as equally pleasant for “al fresco” dining and musical events or fiestas. There is even a large fenced swimming pool for the guests to enjoy. There is both on-site parking or overflow into the quiet streets. (Always be mindful though that people do live quite close to the finca.)

The main restaurant hall is very large, spacious but retains a warmth and welcoming feel. So dinner guests have plenty of room to be seated and the bar is excellently located for indoor or outdoor service. On the many sunny and warm Hondón evenings that gentle valley breeze on the finca’s terrace works well with a vaso de vino blanco, gin y tonica or caña!

It has to be said that various managers “mine hosts” have attempted to make this a premier venue over the years and sadly this has not always been the case, despite a strong willingness from locals to attend the venue. Nevertheless, it still stands and begs to be, a great social focal point for the Hondón Valley and surrounding areas.

Hondon Valley Entertainment

As of writing (Oct’ 2016), the current management team seem to have set the bar higher and want to showcase both good food, a warm welcome and cultural entertainment. It’s early days, but they are testing the water with live music and dancing evenings, such as Flamenco, wine testing and romantic Spanish singers to compliment the Spanish and international menu. Being so large they can also cater for private functions, meetings and parties. Contact them for details.

Presently, La Finca Montanosa, is opening for weekends (Friday and Saturday) only during the “winter” months. Even though Hondón is not particularly a tourist area, the population does swell significantly in the summer months (holiday homes, relatives visiting friends and family) and of course the longer summer days beg late dinners and drinks outside. So a cautious approach to opening hours at this time makes sense. Not least because La Finca is set way back from the main Hondon road CV-845 and so it is not easy to spot. They have erected a large sign at the entrance of the La Montanosa Urb and signs along the way. It’s a local “secret” really.

Hondon Valley Finca

This really is a lovely place to visit and first timers always gasp at this hidden gem. So we should spread the word for them and encourage at least local patronage… so take a friend or two and book well in advance. We do suspect, however, that to survive long-term they need to attract customers from far and wide, those willing to make the journey for good food and music in pleasant surroundings.

We certainly hope and wish La Finca Montañosa success, as having an excellent, well run venue is both an asset to the locals and a tourist attraction for the Hondon Valley.

Address: Calle Ibi 1
La Montanosa Urb.
Hondón de las Nieves
03688 Alicante  (see Google map)

Facebook: @fincalamontanosa
Call: 639 424 704 / 608 941 663
Email: hotelrestaurantelamontanosa @ gmail.com

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It’s Official, Spain is A Healthy Place to Live!

Healthy Meditterraen Diet

Great news for those that live here already or for you lovely people wanting to live in Spain.

The medical journal, Lancet, states that according to the European League Table, which is composed of data collected over a 20 year period, the healthiest place to live in Europe is Spain.

Maybe the Mediterranean diet, heavy on fruit, salads, fish and olive oil, is responsible for the low death rate from heart disease – Spain has the 3rd lowest level of years of life lost. It also does well on a number of cancers – pancreatic, prostate, breast and esophageal. Families still care for ailing relatives – taking daily meals to those in hospital is normal and premature deaths from falls are low.

We’ll drink to that! (a mineral water of course) 😉
> Source: http://m.digitaljournal.com/article/345370

A Guide to the Hondón Valley

ARTICLE COPYRIGHT ©2016 Hondon Villas

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: Destiny’s, Bar Central, Bocadito Gourmet, La Font, Vamboo.

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, La Buena Vida, El Condor, 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.


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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.

Driving in Spain … Keep up-to-date!

Here on the Costa Blanca South the roads are generally very good and relatively jam free. As for the driving and parking here, well, that’s a common topic of (heated) debate, even if the debaters are bad drivers. There certainly are some eye-opening moments, especially at major roundabouts and junctions.

Guardia Trafico. Driving in Spain

Spain, especially on the Costas, have a myriad of foreign drivers and tourists who with the best will in the world will not know how to drive properly in Spain or understand the local laws or road system. Apparently the Spanish “Highway Code” is nearly 1000 pages long !!! Who can remember all that?

It can be said that sometimes even the Spanish drivers ignore or don’t know the rules! So the roads here can be a dangerous place or at least one fraught with problems and possible on-the-spot fines if you slip-up.

Of course. if you are from the UK you will have the added complication of driving on the right and if you hire or buy a Spanish plated car then you’ll also need to get used to the left-hand drive controls.

Know the Spanish Driving Rules & Legal Expectations

The laws, rules of the road and general driving etiquette might be foreign to you too. So, of course you’ll want to be prepared and up-to-date in terms of your vehicle road worthiness (MOT/ITV), importation of foreign cars, driving license requirements, speed restrictions, drink-driving, what to carry in your car and all the related laws. Note: Poor language skills, confusion or ignorance are rarely a defence if you are stopped by the police (Trafico).

To make matters worse the rules and laws change quite frequently here and the “bar-room Johnnies” and social media chit-chat will give you conflicting advice.

Thankfully there is lots of help points on-line for guidance and you can always go to your local Trafico Station for advice (take an interpretor just in case). And it’s BEST DONE as soon as possible.

On-line Help / Guides to Driving in Spain

  • DGT (Direccon de Gereral Trafico) : This is the official government site (in Spanish) on all things driving and laws. You can get up-to-date info’ on laws, traffic flow and speed cameras for your route.
  • N332 Road Website : The N332 is main coast road here on the Costa Blanca. The N332 has it’s own English language website with up-to-date road news, traffic forecasts and help. They also have a discussion page on Facebook if you need to ask a question.
  • RAC (UK): You can check the RAC’s website for helpful information on driving in Spain such as insurance, age groups, speed limits and important driving etiquette.
  • AutoExpress: A general help and support site for drivers with a handy check list when coming to Spain
  • Anglo Info: An expat help site that covers many things “living in Spain” as well as a large driving section.
  • Citizens Advice Bureau ES : Just like the same organisation in the UK this can help with and covers many topics, including driving in Spain. Their Facebook page acts as a bulletin board and a Q&A for members. You should join.

Get expert Legal Advice when buying or selling your property

Real Estate Code of ConductAs an AIPP registered agent, Hondon Villas would not be doing our job correctly if we didn’t advise our clients to seek proper legal advice when buying or selling a property in the Hondon Valley areas.

We have experienced many people “going it alone”,  doing a “black money” deal or bypassing some of the legal paths to save money but WITH DRASTIC and COSTLY RESULTS, including one deal with counterfeit cash (person got caught when trying to put a large sum into a Spanish bank !!)… another where a house purchased verbally as “fully furnished” found there was no furniture at all when they got the keys to open their new home!

These and many other problems of variable severity can be avoided with proper checks and contracts. So we think it is vital to seek independent professional legal advice for a property sale/purchase in Spain to avoid making costly mistakes. Your lawyer should undertake all the necessary due diligence / paper work on the purchase and, if granted power of attorney, will be able to act on your behalf and save you having to make numerous trips to Spain to open a bank account, obtain an NIE number and other necessary procedures.

If you don’t already have a Lawyer, ask others for recommendations as not all offer the same service or fees. At Hondon Villas we do use several Lawyers in the general area, preferring not to have all our eggs in one basket and to reduce dependency or allegiance to just one company.

If we feel a Lawyer (or collaborating agent for that matter) is not acting in the interests of the clients, simply we ditch them! (and we have).

Spanish Property Prices Index

+++ PROPERTY MARKET DATA ALICANTE REGION +++

AUGUST 2016: We use various property market indicators as a guide to the current status of Spanish Real Estate. Here are some interesting stat’s based on real Notary data since 2007.

The property price index for the Alicante region is up by 5.1 over last year with a 25% increase in sales. [ Hondón Villas have many reduced priced properties here » ]

You can see that houses prices in 2016 are about 69% average of what they were in 2007.
CLICK TO ENLARGE: You can see that houses prices in 2016 are about 69% average of what they were in 2007.

The average price of a 3 bed property in this wider Alicante region is €136K with Murcia being cheaper at €109K.

Foreign buyers of Spanish property are still on the increase (albeit a lot slower than the boom years).

Mortgage lending on house sales is up by 19% in the area but rentals are down by nearly 7%. The population is roughly the same so no mass migration from Spain as yet.

And sadly unemployment is still a problem for Spain and the Alicante region but down by nearly 3% (although we are in the main tourist season).
Overall Spain has seen prices increases across all its regions from just 1.6% up to about 9% in the Madrid area. Overall Valencia has seen a 5.1% increase in house prices, where as Murcia 2.9%.

You can see that houses prices in 2016 are about 69% average of what they were in 2007.  [Source: Kyero Data, Notaries]

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Healthcare Coverage in Spain

Spanish AmbulanceSource: internations.org| Every resident of Spain has a right to healthcare. The Spanish healthcare system is a non-contributory system paid for by tax revenues. Each autonomous community has its own budget.

If you are a non-EU national living in Spain, you are entitled to healthcare only if you are a legal resident and currently paying for social security. This means that you must either work in Spain or be self-employed there.

Citizens of EU member states who are living in Spain will automatically have access to health coverage in Spain once they become legal Spanish residents.

Sample EHIC CardFor shorter stays, EU citizens should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their healthcare provider back home. The EHIC will get you access to state-provided healthcare at the same cost, or sometimes even at a reduced rate, as those insured in Spain.

For those who are not eligible for state healthcare provisions, both in Spain and back home, there’s the Convenio Especial healthcare scheme. This is perfect for foreigners in Spain who have stopped working but whose pensions have yet to kick in.  To be eligible for this scheme, you need to have lived in Spain continuously for at least twelve months, and not be eligible for state healthcare coverage. Keep in mind that a monthly contribution of 60 EUR is demanded of those under the age of 65, and 157 EUR for those above 65 years of age. You will be covered for the services included in the basic national healthcare package, but be aware that this does not include prescriptions.

Private Healthcare — Jumping the Queue

The Spanish healthcare system is very up-to-date, and doctors are caught up on the latest medical innovations. Due to the fact that medical care is state-run, though, hospitals are often overcrowded, resulting in long waiting periods. Spaniards sometimes choose the more expensive option of taking out private health insurance. One of the most popular private insurance providers is Sanitas, whose website also helps you locate the specialists they cover.

Dentists are private doctors in Spain and, arguably as a result of this, dental care is very good. As quality comes at a price, however, they are usually not covered by your health insurance. Unlike in some other countries, you are unable to buy medication anywhere other than at the pharmacy. Farmacías can be found on almost every street corner, clearly marked by signs in the shape of green crosses.

We do our best to keep this article up to date. However, we cannot guarantee that the information provided is always current or complete.

Summer Fiestas 2016

Spain is renowned for it’s colourful and lively festivals all-year-round. But summer is the best time to see and enjoy what the Spaniards do best … PARTY!!

Euro Tour GuideWe HIGHLY RECOMMEND you join the Euro Tour Guide’s web site or Facebook page for up-to-date info on events.

Of course the Hondon Valley and its surrounding areas are no exception to fiesta culture and have an array of activities across the arts, music, drama, markets, crafts and events. Of course there are usually fireworks involved in the evening to end with a bang! But to be honest they are merely a starter gun for more partying under the warm evening stars… yes don’t expect to get in from a night Fiesta until at least 3am!  TIP: Always get there early if you want a seat as they get real busy and the atmosphere is great. You’ll soon see how a sleepy country Spanish village can come alive!

Fiestas Correfocs 2016. Hondon de las Nieves
Fiestas Correfocs 2016. Hondon de las Nieves

So Hondon de las Nieves ( July/August ) has many fiesta events but is best known for it’s love of the Medieval Market followed by the Correfocs (Fire Runners). The latter being a crazy mix of “fire ninjas”, loud music, dancing and teasing everyone with fireworks that ends with a grand finale on the main plaza stage. It’s late, smoky, loud, scary and exciting all at the same time… just forget “health and safety”.  Here is Taimara’s video of the proceedings… it’s mental!  ::: https://youtu.be/tVBNwaUQrnY

Aspe Medieval Market: (August) is a themed “fairground” market full of stalls, food and drink but the vendors and visitors make efforts to dress in medieval costume. Generally there are games and rides for the children, jesters, minstrels and juggling acts as well as falconry, donkeys and a mayhem of activities. Fireworks usually complete the night. Come from 18 to 21 of August 2016 to the Dr. Calatayud park and live an unforgettable experience

Fiestas Aspe Medieval 2016

And the beloved Hondon de los Frailes Parade and Water/Foam Party is usually at the end of August. The parade sees many of the locals in themed or comedy costumes walking or dancing through the main streets of Frailes. They decorate their vehicle and floats with marching brass bands and drummer groups making all the noise. The rest of the village folk line the streets or bring food to the free tables and cheer and celebrate. Often sweets and nibbles are given out … beware the local “punch” which might be a very alcoholic “knock-out” juice but is probably just a home-made sangria. Lots of fun and usually followed by an international singing band on the large plaza stage. An amazing night that defies a small village like Frailes. And yes it’ll be another late night / early morning finish!

The water/foam fight is an afternoon event and basically a water truck, hose pipes, buckets, bottles and containers are used to throw water at everyone. NO-ONE ESCAPES a soaking! You can bring your soaker-guns and a foam machine will flood the plaza like snow! Children and adults love it all the same. (NOTE: don’t wear anything special that day)

FiestasFrailesParade2015

And of course the other local smaller villages don’t forsake their annual fiesta quota. Barbarroja, Macisvenda, La Romana and La Canalosa all step up to the mark.

Further afield of course the bigger towns and cities are incredible such as the Elche Nit De l’alba Fireworks, Alicante’s San Juan Bonfires (the Spanish seem to like fire!) and Novelda has it’s Moors and Christians … there really is so much fun to be had and a great way to see this countries history and traditions, taste their food and party like a Spaniard!