If you’ve never heard of Algorfa, there’s something missing from your life! Since I first discovered the town in July 2007, I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else, and lots of people agree with me, because Algorfa is one of the most cosmopolitan small towns on the Costa Blanca, if not in the whole of Spain.
You don’t just hear Spanish and English in the square in Algorfa, you’ll hear most of the languages of Europe, because people from everywhere are discovering the joys of living Around Algorfa.
What makes Algorfa so special? Lots of things, some of them indefinable, especially that feeling of being home and releasing your strains and stresses the minute you turn off the AP7 at Junction 743 and ride into town, or one of the main satellite urbanisations of Algorfa; Montemar, Montebello, La Finca and Lo Crispin. That said, these are just some of the highlights of life in Algorfa.
It’s always party time!
Spain loves a party, and Algorfa is no different. Highlights of fiesta season include San Vicente Ferrer, Algorfa’s patron Saint, in April, the Spring Fair in late April or early May, and the Patronal Fiesta of Virgen del Carmen.
This is a week of annual festivities in mid-July, beginning with the Romeria (Pilgrimage) to the Ermita and culminating in the Virgen del Carmen parade on 16 July. It’s a great time to be in Algorfa.
Then there’s a nod to the cosmopolitan nature of our town with the International Gastronomy Fiesta, where the different nationalities showcase food from their countries of birth. This one moves around a bit, so look out on the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) website for details of this and other fiestas Around Algorfa.
There’s lots of other useful information there too, so stay and browse for a while.
Clean air, fabulous views
Nestled in the heart of the Vega Baja – literally ‘low valley’ in English – Algorfa is built on agricultural land. There are citrus groves all around, and olive trees line the new road from La Finca to Algorfa.
The surrounding hills offer panoramic views over the campo, assuming you have the energy for the climb, and the town is mostly quiet enough to hear the birds sing and the crickets doing what they do – unless it’s fiesta time, or a Sunday morning in the hunting season, when the locals are out shooting rabbits for the paella pan.
There are some great walks and hikes around the area too, ranging from a gentle stroll to the challenging 11km Caldera de Gigante (Giant’s Cauldron) trek, which is accessible from the Hotel Algorfa, Montemar.
Despite its idyllic country setting, Algorfa is very close to the major motorways and the rail lines. From Alicante or Murcia station, you can travel all over Spain and mainland Europe, if you can bear to tear yourselves away from Algorfa.
The airports of Alicante and Corvera, Murcia, are just 40 minutes away, and it’s a 10 – 15 minute drive to the Costa Blanca’s beautiful beaches and the shopping centre at Zenia Boulevard.
The towns of Almoradi, Benijofar, Rojales, Quesada and Torrevieja are within easy reach when you want a change of scene or some serious retail therapy.
A golfers’ paradise
Algorfa is home to the prestigious La Finca Golf Course, and there are a number of frontline
properties on La Finca Urbanisation, so serious golfers are never far from the green.
If golf’s not your thing, enjoy a stroll past the course, or stop for a cool drink at the Clubhouse.
Apres Golf, indulge yourself at the 5-star La Finca Resort and Spa. You may even run into one of the premier league and national football teams that come to La Finca for training breaks. Have your phone handy for a selfie with your favourite sporting stars – they all relax when they arrive in Algorfa, no matter who they are!
Eat well, shop well
People are frequently amazed at the choice of eating places and shopping experiences Around Algorfa. Our small town packs a big punch gastronomically speaking, with everything from snacks to three course Menus del dia and Menus de la noche.
All tastes are catered for, from traditional Spanish tapas, through Indian, Chinese, Hungarian and South
African cuisines. The Mediterranean way of eating is also evident everywhere. In fact, Algorfa’s catering is almost as cosmopolitan as its residents!
There’s also a good range of small independent shops, plus the famous Zoco Market on Sundays, where you can buy just about anything, from a cooked chicken for lunch to a sofa for your living room.
Spend some time exploring Algorfa’s back streets and discovering its hidden treasures. You won’t be disappointed.
We could talk all day about what’s amazing about Algorfa, but we’d much rather you came to find out for yourself. Come and visit soon, and if you’re looking to relocate to Spain, consider Algorfa. It’s a wonderful place to live, with lots to see and do and a friendly face around every corner.