Villena is a monumental city and the capital of the Alto Vinalopo district. It houses 33,455 inhabitants and sits at 505m above sea level. Large and prosperous, it is an important crossroads between Castile, Murcia and Valencia.
The historic centre of the city is overlooked by the fairytale, picture-book castle, one of a chain of castles built by the Moors in the 11th century.
It is a modern and attractive city with excellent facilities. Over the centuries wine has been a significant product, but the most important industry for the town is footwear, pottery and furniture.
Being a historic town of importance, there are a large number of interesting places to visit apart from the fantastic castle. The Municipal Palace (Palacio Municipal), the Archaeological Museum, (Museo Archaeológico) with a magnificent hoard of Bronze Age products dating back to 1000BC and the Church of Santiago (Iglesia de Santiago) which dates from the 16th century and has an impressively restored interior and an ornate font designed by Jacopo Fiorentino, an assistant to Michaelangelo, who once lived in the Villena, and the Gothic sanctuary and nature park with wonderful scenery and views on the outskirts of the city are just a few examples
Inland property in Spain is becoming increasingly popular with foreign buyers keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy resorts on the coast and there has never been a better time to buy.
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. If you are looking for a peaceful location, close to a vibrant town, combined with history and culture, Villena perfectly fits the bill.
Owning a property in Villena puts you at the heart of a vibrant community – with all the amenities you need for day-to-day living on your doorstep, good rail and road network, extensive shopping facilities, doctors, dentist, opticians, indoor and outdoor municipal pools, sports centres, gyms, golf course, theatre, restaurants, bars, banks and schools for all ages.
Spanish Country Homes has a range of property for sale in and around Villena to suit all budgets, from land ready for development and property for reform to resale country houses and stunning new build luxury villas. You may be surprised at how much more you can get for your money when you venture inland and away from the coast