Monóvar is a small town in Alicante province, with a population of 13,060 people. It is about 15km from Pinoso and like Pinoso it is famous for its marble quarries, shoe making and wine. It is in a pretty, mountainous area, the town stands at a height of 341m (1,119 ft). Monóvar has several traditional fiestas during the year, ranging from “Dwarves and Giants” in July to the week long town fiesta in September in honour of the Virgen de los Remedios.
Traditional food includes rice made with rabbit and snail, gazpacho manchego – a hearty rabbit stew, migas – fried breadcrumbs with garlic and usually chorizo and of course the local red wine. There are 4 bodegas close by.
There is evidence of people living in this area since pre-history. The Romans also lived here, the remains of a Roman villa has been discovered in the nearby village of Maña. When the Moors were expelled from Spain in 1609 Monóvar lost nearly 80% of its population. During the 18th century the population and the economy began to grow again, there was a resurgence of agriculture – with the growth of cereals, olives and grapes. This century also saw the construction of some of Monóvar’s most emblematic buildings, which you can still see today, such as: the Torre del Reloj (clock tower), John the Baptist Church, the Chapel of the Virgin del Remedio and the Hermitage and Convent of Saint Barbara, which overlooks the town from the top of hill, keeping guard over Monóvar. In the middle of the 18th century the railway came to Monóvar, giving access to the rail line running from Alicante to Madrid and of course this played an important role in the economic development of the town. In the 20th century Monóvar finally got the official title of city, as a consequence of its rapid growth. Since the 1920s the main industries have been soap, flour, shoe-making and marble.
The modern day town has many bars and restaurants, small shops, a large supermarket, bullring, two wineries, a theatre/concert hall and a cultural centre. Monóvar is a safe and friendly place to live and makes an interesting day visit.
Property prices tend to be lower inland than in Spain’s coastal resorts and more and more people are looking for the sort of lifestyle country property in Spain can offer –value for money, tranquil surroundings, low crime rates and a sense of community and Monóvar perfectly fits the bill.
Monóvar is a safe and friendly place to live and owning a property in Monóvar puts you at the heart of a genuine community – with all the amenities you need for day-to-day living on your doorstep.
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Elda and the adjacent town of Petrer are separated by just one street, and together they form the largest urban area of El Vinalopó Mitja with a combined population of 81,000. Like the neighbouring city of Elche, the manufacture of shoes is Elda’s industrial focus and the town’s shoe museum displays an interesting array of footwear from around the globe. The town is of Moorish origin and contains the Church of Santa Ana which was originally built as a mosque. The semi-ruined Elda castle is on a hill to the north of the city. Elda has plenty of schools, including a university, a new hospital, a 10 screen cinema complex and a Carrefour hypermarket and shopping centre complete with drive-through McDonalds.
The town has an ample range of shops and a huge indoor market selling fresh produce that is open 6 days a week and an open air market is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays, selling clothes, shoes and other goods. Elda also has a national RENFE railway station with fast connections to Alicante, Murcia and the rest of Spain.
Petrer, also a Moorish town, is the site of one of the most impressive castles in the region, thanks to extensive restoration work.