The Jalon Valley, Vall de Pop, on the Costa Blanca, Spain. Guide to the Jalon Valley in Valencia
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Places in Spain - The Jalon Valley, Costa Blanca (Alicante Province, Valencia region)

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The Jalon Valley, also known as the Vall de Pop is an area on the Costa Blanca and roughly 30 minutes drive inland of Denia and Javea. The Jalon Valley comprises of a beautiful area, dotted with small towns including Jalon, Parcent, Alcalali and Liber.

 

Jalon Valley

 

Many of the towns in the Jalon Valley have been populated by foreign residents who don't wish to live on the coast. Many of them prefer the tranquil surroundings of the valley. The Jalon Valley is known as one of the most beautiful areas in Spain. In January and February much of the valley is illuminated by the almond blossom that forms a blanket of colour. The valley is known for its wine and the local bodegas that produce fine Moscatel wine.

 

Jalon Valley, Valencia Map

 

Jalon (Xalo in Valencian)

At the heart of the Jalon Valley is the town of Jalon, the capital of the valley. During a 500 year Arabic rule, Jalon had two castles and the houses were all of Moorish design. Much of this remains in Jalon today and typical Moorish houses can be found on the narrow streets. The Christian church (Santa Maria) in Jalon is of considerable size and of Neo-classical style. Its blue dome dominates the skyline. The Tuesday market is held in the square here, around the fountain.

The Jalon River runs through the heart of Jalon and is crossed by two town bridges. The tourist office is located alongside the river as you drive into Jalon.

Jalon
Santa Maria Church, Jalon from the main square

 

Parcent

Parcent has a Moorish feel to it but history proves that the towns' origins are likely to be Roman. Parcent has a somewhat small but beautiful church that dates from 1535. It was originally constructed as a Mosque but was converted in around 1638. The church is dedicated to Purisima Concepcion.

 

Parcent
Parcent church

 

Parcent relies heavily on almond and orange production as well as rural tourism. The best views of Parcent can be had from the summit of Coll de Rates and one of the nicest places to see is the reservoir, surrounded by a pine forest.

 


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Alcalali

This Arabic village only covers around 14km2 and much of the village life centres around the 15th century tower which houses the church and the Grape Museum (Museu de la Pansa). The tower was built as a lookout for frequent invasions by bandits and pirates. The top floor of the tower is open as a mirador with superb views. There's also a museum located in the old oil press that shows the history of oil and wine production.

 

The River Gorgos crosses the municipality of Alcalali and has always been important to local agriculture. It has kept the land fertile and fed the many riverside allotments. The Arabic influence is still very much in evidence in Alcalali with narrow, steep streets. many of the houses have wrought iron windows.

 

According to historical records, the first Catholic church in Alcalalí was built in 1577. A second church followed in 1582, and the current Parish Church of the Nativity of Our Lady was built between 1768 and 1808. The church contains images of great historical and artistic value, such as the image of Cristo de la Salud. One can also visit the parish museum which contains antique priests' robes and costumes from the Lihori family and, amongst other things of interest, a library of the history of the church.

Alcalali
Alcalali
   

 

Orba

Located 18km from Denia, Orba is situated at the head of the fertile valley at an altitude of 160m above sea level. Most of the residents are employed within agcriculture, predominantly with citrus fruits and almonds. In Orba you will find a quaint church built in the plaza on the site of a former mosque. Over recent years Orba has grown, mainly due to the influx of foreign residents. There's a small satellite village of Orbeta just a short walk away.

   

Benigembla

This wonderful Moorish town built its Parish church in 1536. The church dominates the town skyline. The town consists of very narrow streets with Moorish houses on both sides. Wrought iron features heavily on the windows and balconies. The local cooperative sells some of the best olive oil in the area, something that Benigembla has become famous for.

 

The Town Hall in Benigembla is located close to the church.


Benigembla
   

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Benissa | Pedreguer

 
   

 

Castell de Castells

Dating back to prehistoric times, this town has much of its origins in the time of the Moors. There's remnants of a Moorish castle. Within Castell de Castells, there is lots to see. The narrow, white-washed streets of the San Vicente area have real character and the Santa Ana Church stands proud in the main square. The oldest house in the town can be found at 17 San Antonio Street. It dates from 1667. The town hall is based within a former stately home and there are two museums to visit.


Castell de Castells

Idealspain visits the Jalon Valley (Jan 2011)

Our drive through the Jalon Valley was a wonderful experience. It was hard to imagine just how close the towns and villages were to each other. It only took 5-10 minutes between places and the roads were exceptionally good in between. Our first visit was to get a snapshot view from all angles with an intention to re-visit each place in turn. The scenery in all directions is breath-taking and we were lucky enough to catch the end of the almond blossom. Each town of the Jalon Valley is different to the next. Each has its own character and style. It certainly is one of the most beautiful parts of the Costa Blanca.


Activities and things to see in the Jalon Valley

There are lots of very special places within the Jalon Valley and lots of activities to enjoy. The beautiful and varied landscape offers hiking, walking, cycling and climbing. Hang gliding is popular from some cragg tops.

 

Videos of the Jalon Valley

See a video of the almond blossom in the Jalon Valley here and see a video of the village of Pego here

 

Holidays in the Jalon Valley

With so much nature on your doorstep and so many rural activities to enjoy, there's no wonder that the Jalon Valley is such a popular holiday destination. Many of the holidays here are based on villa rentals. There are a wide range of properties to rent on a weekly basis. You can use these properties as a base from which to explore the area. Holiday rentals in the Jalon Valley can be within the confines of one of the towns or truly rural and surrounded by fields.


Tourist services and information for the Jalon Valley

Each town in the Jalon Valley has its own tourist information centre where you can collect guides and suggested routes. Other tourist offices on the coast also have information about the valley area as they are keen to promote it.

 


Climate in the Jalon Valley

The area has a good climate that is pleasant most of the year and the average annual temperature is 18º. The humidity here is low and is especially good for sufferers of arthritis. The weather in the Jalon Valley can change rapidly and can vary within just a few kilometres.

 

Average monthly temperatures on the Costa Blanca (approx.)
January 13º C  
February 14º C
Sunshine Costa Blanca
March 17º C
April 17º C
May 21º C
June 25º C
July 25,5º C
August 28º C
September 24,5º C
October 22º C
November 17º C
December 13º C


Shopping in the Jalon Valley

Each small town in the Jalon Valley has its own street market and these are the best place to sample local produce and specialities. There are Spanish supermarkets and a few foreign owned shops that sell international items.

 

Good buys from the Jalon Valley include local olive oil, fresh citrus fruit and almonds.

 

Monday Parcent
Tuesday Jalon, Liber, Benigembla
Wednesday  
Thursday  
Friday Alcali, Senija
Saturday Jalon Rastro, Murla, Castell de Castells, Benissa
Sunday Liber

Fiestas in the Jalon Valley - for more fiestas in this region see here. For national holidays in Spain, see here.

As well as the national fiestas of Spain, the towns of the Jalon Valley all have their own special celebrations.

 

Parcent

August 10th - Celebrations for San Lorenzo

Alcalali

24th/25th June - St John the Baptist (San Juan)

26th June - Mass in honour of Blessed Francisco Tomás Serer

August - St.Michael

Orba

July - Fiesta in honour of Santisimo Cristo, Patron Saint

Jalon

April - On the last Saturday the whole village will take part in the Fiesta del Romero

May 1st/2nd - Medieval market and fayre

July - Moors and Christians

August - Bull running

Castell de Castells

April - Folk fayre

July 24th-26th - Santa Ana and San Jaime celebrations

August 14th - 18th - Patron Saint festivities

December - Santa Cecilia festival

 

 

 

Contacts
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Town Halls in the Jalon Valley
Jalon 966 480 101
Liber 965 730 509
Alcali 966 482 024
Parcent 966 405 301
Murla 965 581 001
Benigembla 965 581 067
Castell de Castells 965 518 067
Local Police in the Jalon Valley


Jalon 966 480 101
Liber 965 733 472
Alcali 966 482 296
Parcent 966 405 319
Orba (Guardia Civil) 965 760 575
   
Utlilities in the Jalon Valley
Iberdrola Electricity 901 202 020
Gas, Benissa SL 965 730 572
ITV in Denia

966 435 443

   
 
Health Centres/Doctors in the Jalon Valley
Jalon 966 480 543
Liber 965 733 472
Alcali 966 482 296
Parcent 966 405 319
   
Denia Hostpital 965 781 090
   
Dentists in the Jalon Valley


Jalon 966 481 478
Alcali 966 482 433
   
Vets in the Jalon Valley
Orba 965 584 124
Benissa 600 266 686
Jalon 629 930 909
Tourist offices in the Jalon Valley
Benissa Avda. Pais Valencia, 1, Tel 965 732 225. Email: turismo@benissa.net
Alcalali Ayuntamiento, Tel 966 482 024. www.alcalali.es
Orba ayuntamiento, C/Bonaire, 12, Tel 965 583 001. Email: info@orba.es
   
   
   
Transport
 
Taxis in Parcent - 677 216 639  
 

 

 
Entertainment

 

 

     
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There are only a few 'hotels' to be found in the Jalon Valley. You will however find a wide range of 'Casa Rurals' and private holiday rental properties. You could stay in a hotel on the coast. Find a list here.

 

 

 

 

 

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