In between fiestas and siestas … you can do:
Walking / Cycling: Hondon is a haven for walkers, hikers, climbers and mountain bikers. With 360° mountains and tracks, there is plenty of cycling and walking to be had if you want something more energetic. There are plenty of flat tracks to walk or ride as well as some steady, more rugged inclines through the mountains and pine woodland. Just bring some good footwear, sun lotion and and a good sense of direction. There are a few walking groups in Hondon and a relatively new flat cycling track to Hondon de las Nieves. Farther afield is the River Segura Walking and Cycling Route near Algorfa.
Creative Stuff: Hondon has quite a few creative people in residence who run arts and craft style classes, including water colours, oils, ceramics and writing. Art classes are popular here (no experience necessary) which are usually outdoors painting the stunning vistas.
Sports and Jigging About: Yes you can shake your booty here in Hondon. There are line dancing classes and belly dancing (yes, I know !!). Or if you have no rhythm then there are more formal exercise classes at the Esport Gym in Frailes, the sports centre in Nieves village and local Zumba Classes. Between the two nearby villages there are large communal swimming pools, 5-a-side football pitches, tennis courts and other ball sports.
Golf: Where do we start! The Costa Blanca South has so many excellent golf courses you could play a different one each day of your holiday. Here are just a few… » but more details here.
- Alenda Golf Course (near Elche)
- Dehesa de Campoamor Golf Course
- Font del Llop Golf Course
- Greenlands Golf Course (beginners, near Quesada)
- La Finca Golf Resort
- La Marquesa Golf Course
- Las Colinas Golf and Country Club
- Las Ramblas Golf Course
- Lo Romero Golf Course
- Villamartin Golf Course (first one form 1970)
- Vistabella Golf Course
Horse Riding: Well there are many here who like to ride through these lovely Hondon mountains. The local stables and horse owners are always grateful of help with horse-care in exchange for a ride or tuition. There are a few nearby riding schools too such as “Horse Valley, Barbarroja“ near Hondon de los Frailes.
In the Air: If you are a James Bond type then you can “enjoy” a sky ride of a life-time and take in the aerial views of the Costa Blanca with an exciting Balloon Flight. AeroGlobo are based in nearby Elche and have an excellent record with various flight options such as combining a balloon ride, one night´s accommodation and a spa included. » Visit AeroGlobofor
Alternatively, there are Paragliding Groups nearby. “Do You Wanna”, established for 14 years, offer professional guided paragliding holidays as well as tandems in the Alicante region of Spain. » Visit Paragliding
We can help you book your flight in advance (as they get real busy).
Theatre, Music and Bars: Both nearby villages have new multipurpose cultural centres for music, bands, theatre and community events. They usually post a time-table / posters around the village. During the summer months most events take place outside in the Plazas. Some are religious festivals with prayer, dancing and singing. Others, like New Year or the medieval market encompass juggling, dancing and street acts with themed markets. Local bars will show live bands (English and Spanish), singers and Karaoke nights.
Markets: There is always a market a few minutes away in the Alicante region. The Spanish love them ( and so do the Brits! ). Hondon de las Nieves has a small market on Wednesdays and Saturdays (recommended to see the village “in motion”). Larger markets are in Aspe (Thursdays, 20 minutes away) and Alguena on Sundays (great for fruit and veg). The AngloInfo.com website publishes market days as well as other entertainment events in and around the Hondon Valley. On Sundays, many take the 30 minute drive to either of the two BIGGEST market in the area a) Lemon Tree, near Guardamar or b) Zoco, near Quesada.