Albaida overview...

An insiders guide to Albaida...

Albaida is an inland Valencian town with a population of 5828. Nestled in the mountains of the Vall d'Albaida. 9km from the capital town of Ontinyent. Although a relatively small unassuming town it offers easy access to those seeking the more cosmopolitan delights of the Costa Blanca, easy access to the CV60 to Gandia (30 minutes).
There is a small railway station with trains to Valencia via Xativa four times daily. In the other direction the line stops at Alcoy, where transfers can be made to Madrid. Buses run regularly to nearby Ontinyent and to Gandia on the coast, which acts as a the gateway to the Costa Blanca. Valencia and Alicante are about an hours drive away.
Local industries are marble quarrying in the surrounding hills and the agriculture of olives and oranges provides a picturesque backdrop to the town.
There are a number of small primary schools all of which have a maximum of 26 pupils per class. At present there is only one English pupil attending school in Albaida, although there is a significant proportion of Colombian, Croatian, Martian and Moroccan children at the local schools.
There is a new modern built Instituto for children of secondary age. Located in the town is a very modern Centre de Salud (health centre) with free parking. To register with a doctor it is necessary to be able to speak some Spanish, as there are no interpretation services. The local vet speaks fluent English.
The town offers all basic amenities with an impressive Town Hall, where there is an English speaking member of staff who will gladly assist you in finding a local school for your children or help with any other queries. Free internet access is available to residents without telephone lines Monday to Friday between 4pm and 8pm.
The Town Hall is also home to the Guardia Civil. Nearby are branches of most major Spanish banks, a Correos (post office), insurance services selling home and car insurance,  an extremely good electrical shop selling everything for DIY in the home to kitchenware and electrical appliances.
There are a couple of newsagents, but you will have to travel to Ontinyent if you want English newspapers. You can buy most things that you need in Albaida and there is a local petrol station and repair garages. The nearest I.T.V (car M.O.T) station is in Ontinyent.
For things to do in the evenings there are three affordable restaurants offering typical Spanish tapas and there is the slightly upmarket El Pansat out in the Campo (country). Bars, cafeterias, panaderias, pastelerias, and small supermarkets are plentiful and every Tuesday
there is the local market.
For families with children there are a number of small play areas dotted round the town, an outdoor public  swimming pool 1km away in the neighbouring village  of  Adzeneta d’Albaida. Also a local tennis club, a bowling alley and a puppet museum which holds an International Puppet Show every December. Like many Spanish towns it is very child friendly. The locals are on the whole helpful and accommodating and generally welcome the English, whose current population in the town stands at just 11. The town is situated near all the major festivals in the area, held in Alcoy, Bocairent, Ontinyent and Xativa.

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