The Casa FuenteLargo villa is a great base to explore the local attractions and discover the tourist sites and cities across the Costa Blanca South.
The Alicante region is a place of Spanish clichés: the sunlight, evenings under the stars, the fireworks, the paella, the flowers, the fiestas and the family culture… they are keys that open up your holiday here.
Fiestas are very important part of Spanish culture – we highly recommend attending one while you are here. The summer months are the best times to go but they run all-year-round. » Local Fiestas in the HondonValley.
- The City of Elche (ELX) has one of the largest firework displays in Europe on 13th August : “Nit’ d’Alba” – it truly is incredible, there are no words and a ‘must-see’ !
Alicante city have some spectacular festivals around the old town and harbours. The offer “The Fires of San Juan” which is a truly amazing display of giant wood/paper sculptures and characters that are set on fire after the parade to celebrate the arrival of summer. The atmosphere is exciting with music, colour, fireworks and extravagance. Thousands of people throng the streets to experience this fiesta.
- Moors and Christians festivals take place all over the region as the Spanish re-enact their colourful history. They often last days, with music, marching, displays and dramatic mock battles. The costumes will amaze you. They really are a celebration full of sparkle and fantasy to commemorate the battles of the 13th century. Well worth a look.
There are three main cities worth a visit in our area: Alicante, Elche and Cartagena.
- Alicante, “The City of Light” and capital of Costa Blanca, sits on the coastline and offers clean beaches, beautiful gardens, historic buildings/churches in the old town, a spectacular promenade and modern marinas. The Santa Barbara fortress sits high above on a cliff and is a haunt for tourists. The Marina is a fine complex of modern and traditional shops, bars and restaurants whilst taking in the views of the harbours.
- Elche “City of a Million Palms” is only 25 minutes from Hondon and well worth the trip. It’s main tourist points are the Ramblas and Parks which are literally lined with thousand’s of unique palms and gardens making for a beautiful walk to the spacious Plaza and Cathedral. The choice of bars and dining in the many plazas here is mind-boggling.. just too many to mention! Their highlight is the Nit d’Alba festival when the city is awash with fireworks – of which the finale is jaw dropping!
- Cartagena in the Murcia region is a port on the Mediterranean’s Costa Cálida steeped in Roman, cultural and maritime history. The city is dominated by historic architecture of note: the Town Hall, the sea wall, a Roman theatre, cathedral, Concepción castle and the Casa Fortuna, built in the first century B.C. and belonging to a wealthy family, shows what daily life was like at the time of the Roman Empire. The harbours are also well worth looking over. Cartagena is a full day out.
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For night life there are shows of all types in live music venue, flamenco dancing, theatre, sports, cinema or restaurants on the nearby coast (30 minute drive).
The most famous venue being the Benidorm Palace which is just an hours drive from Hondon. The shows are very slick, professional and truly spectacular. The programme changes frequently so see their website for up-to-date information along with special “show + dinner” packages. … » Benidorm Palace Website
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Museums and Churches
There is an excellent Guadi style church in Novelda: Santa Maria Magdalene about 20 minutes drive which is stunning inside and out. Adjacent is a rare triangle shaped Keep.
Periodically there are free coach rides to Blanket & Ceramic Factories that take in lunch and a visit to the quaint village of Guadalest with it’s ancient Monastery. You can take a 40 minute drive the Villa Joyosa Chocolate Factory Museum (yes there are free samples) on the coast – the town and large sandy beach are lovely too.
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