Villena


Villena is a town situated in the administrative area of the Alto Vinalopo region. Driving from Madrid it is considered to be the gateway to Alicante and the Costa Blanca. It is something of a border town as it lies between the east and central plains of la Castile La Mancha, the region of Murcia and the provinces of Alicante and Valencia. It therefore has good road connections to the rest of Spain via the A-31 and is within easy reach of the coastal A7.

 

The town itself has population of approximately 33, 500 and grew from a Moorish village which is evidenced in the towns Old Quarter where there are historical landmarks such as the Moorish castle and the church of Santa Maria which was originally a mosque before the

 

reconquest.

 

The town now has many modern buildings and modernity vies with the traditions that are still held dear to the town’s inhabitants and the fusion of the two provide a fascinating insight into Spanish culture for the visiting tourist or expat resident. Every March there is a medieval market held in the old quarter and a puppet festival in the last two weeks of  July which is a hit with young and old alike, as traditional local plays using puppets are performed.

 

 

In August there is a week of Cinema which shows local and independently made films and in September there is a folklore festival which has Valencian, Spanish and foreign artists performing folk music and dance. The Teatro Chapi often holds concerts and plays and the Casa de Cultura regularly organize events, activities and exhibitions.

 

 

There is plenty to see and do in Villena and it has all the amenities you can expect from a town in 21st century Europe, whilst keeping the charm of historical celebrations alive from the Easter festivities and the Moors and Christian’s fiesta held every September. Also worth a mention is the carnival held every March and the country fair held in October.

 

 

For the homebuyer planning to reside in the area, Villena is home to many expats. Nearby are the smaller towns of Caudete and Yecla which also have a sizeable English population.

 

There are a number of expat businesses in these towns which form a triangle to each other.

 

In Villena there is a British owned pub “The Plough” which serves traditional Sunday roasts, English breakfasts and has a curry night on a Friday for those that miss a taste of home. For those who want to practice their Spanish they can go to the Spanish-English conversation afternoon held on Tuesdays and Fridays, whilst enjoying a beer. In Caudete there is the Athena English bar serving good old British fayre with regular karaoke’s and live music. Also in there  is an English garden centre with an impressive array of English imported garden furniture, water features and plants and also an English supermarket cum café called Kosy Kaff in Caudete town.

 

 

There are a variety of affordable properties in the area, whether you are looking for a townhouse or villa with a pool and opportunities to enjoy the rich Spanish heritage, the beautiful countryside with home comforts from England near at hand.

 

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