Los Montesinos, Alicante

Los Montesinos is a charming Spanish town packed with character & tradition. Los Montesinos is one of the Vega Baja villages of the Southern Costa Blanca, Spain. It is located in the Alicante province within the Comunidad de Valencia,

A short drive away from Torrevieja where you can find many bars and restaurants and a buzzing nightlife, it is easily accessed from the AP7 motorway or the main dual carriageway, the CV-905. It is approximately a 20 minute drive from Murcia Airport and a 35 minute drive from Alicante airport which makes this a very popular destination on the Costa Blanca. The ‘Blue Flag’ beaches of Guardamar del Segura are only a 10 minute drive.
Los Montesinos has a calm and tranquil feel about. It sits on the edge of the beautiful salt lake which creates a microclimate that makes it one of the healthiest places in the world to live according to the World Health Organisation. It is surrounded by orange and lemon groves and in the springtime you can smell the gorgeous scent of the orange and lemon blossom and notice the many almond trees with their pinky-lilac blossom.

Los Montesinos was named after the noble family that governed the town and lands surrounding the village in past times. Further back in history, it has Roman origins including the main road in the direction of Jacarilla, Bigastro & Orihuela. Known as the Via Augusta, it was the most important road in Spain during the Roman occupation.

The village’s main economy has mainly been agriculture, however in more recent times the industrial district has grown with many Spanish & British businesses offering a variety of services and industries.
There are two schools in Los Montesinos, the primary school is Virgen del Pilar and the secondary school is Los Montesinos les Antonio Sequeras. Both are very reputable, sought after schools.
Los Montesinos is a great place for retirement as the weather in this area is mostly dry and sunny all year round with hot summers and mild winters which is great for people suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and asthma.

Despite it’s growth, the town has retained it’s typical Spanish feel and has a very friendly community of Spanish and English. All essential facilities and amenities are within easy walking distance, from fresh food shops, supermarkets, 30+ bars, restaurants & tapas bars, schools, a music academy, medical centre, municipal sports centre, parks, and a whole host of other shops & facilities.
It is great to be in a friendly place where you can forget about the car and stroll to everything you need.
The town has numerous fiestas throughout the year, as do all of the local towns,
Although here the main fiesta is in October and lasts for a whole (Hectic) week.

The hamlet of La Marquesa is found just outside the town, and every September there is a fiesta in honour of the Virgin of Rosario.
The fiesta is open to everyone beginning at 11am and goes on into the evening. It is so nice to be able to spend the day in a real Spanish environment. Usually there are a few British people there for part of the day but mostly Spanish families enjoying their picnic style lunch. There is also huge, delicious paella free to all and is absolutely delicious. Some of the locals wear their National Costume, also horse riders trotting their beautiful horses around the grounds in readiness for the procession where they follow the statue of the Virgin through the fields behind the much photographed old church of La Marquesa.

There is a bar and a barbecue however most people take their cool boxes with their own food and drink, grab a seat at one of the tables and settle themselves down for the rest of the day while listening to the DJ playing a selection of music during the afternoon and the live band in the evening. It is such fun to dance with the local people and try to converse with them in our poor Spanish.

You will find that your Spanish becomes much better after the 1st few glasses of rioja, and fabulous when you are on the 2nd bottle!!
Welcome to the ‘REAL’ Spain!!

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