Penthouse Apartment in a Village Farmhouse in Vall de Laguar, Costa Blanca North, Spain - Fresh Mountain Air, Spectacular Views And Sense Of Rural Spain's History - Escape To The Hills
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About Anthony Nagle
I live on the Kent coast with Yolanda and our two children. We have bought a home away from home in part of Spain that for us has the best of the countryside, stunning views of both the mountains and the sea and near to the beaches of the Costa Blanca. As you leave the motorway and start driving into the Marina Alta mountains you can't help but feel that you are in rural Spain. We have spent the last ten years slowly restoring Casa El Limonero a 200 year old village farm house which was completed early in 2011.
Anthony Nagle purchased this Apartment in 2001
Why Anthony Nagle chose La Vall de Laguar
Fleix and the Vall de Laguar are three small Spanish mountain villages full of character. Its not the beach, although they are not far away. There is plenty to do with the apartment only being a few hundred meters away from an ancient Moorish pathway the Barranc de l´Infern (Hells Ravine ), officially known as PR-V 147, revealing crystal-clear springs, caves and cliffs painted with UNESCO protected paintings of significant historical value along its length The walk is a closed loop of ~14.5 kilometres and has 6,873 stone steps more than 1000 years old. The views and wildlife are nothing short of spectacular. A second famous walk, PR-V 181, skirts the top of the Cavall Verd which is where the alledged last stand of the Moors in Spain occured . The architecture, countryside and the views make our home in Spain a special place.
What makes this Apartment unique
Mountain air, far from the crowds and a stunning view of the Mediterranean Sea. On a really clear day it is possible to see Ibiza from where many of the residents of the village originally came from. The climate is one of the area's greatest assets, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, little rainfall and a typical temperature range of 10°C to 20°C during the winter and 20 -35°C in the summer. As winter ends the almond and cherry trees burst into flower, with the cherry trees bearing fruit during May . There are hundreds of native plant species to the area and with such a diverse landscape it also provides an environment for a wide array of animals, such as rabbits, weasels, wild boar, mountain cats, foxes and birds of prey like the goshawk and tawny owl. The local festivals are held in January , May and September . On the 17th January the life of San Antonio Abad (St Anthony the Great) is celebrated by the communities that make up the Vall de Laguar. The Fiestas Patronales , patron saint festivals, begin in May with the celebration of the life of San Pascual (Fleix). In July Santa Ana (Campell) and St. Ignatius of Loyola (Fontilles) are honoured . In mid August, the feast of San Cosme y San Damián (Benimaurell) and early September Santa Teresa (Fleix) is honoured . Without any doubt Las Fallas de Valencia is a spectacular regional event. Its epicentre is the city of Valencia, one hour by car from Fleix. Although not celebrated in the Vall de Laguar many near by towns do, including Denia. The final firework display on the evening of 19th in Valencia is still to this day the best firework display I have ever seen.
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Stunning Penthouse Retreat
We came to Costa Blanca in search of serenity, sun and adventure. We didn't know much about the area. None of our family or friends had been here before. The Costa Blanca certainly did not disappoint, nor did the Vall de Laguar.
Our carefully chosen penthouse apartment in the picturesque mountain town of Fleix was the absolute perfect place for realizing these desires. Kudos to my husband for finding this gem. You need to see it to believe it!
The stunning apartment's location, perched high up from the touristy and busier coast, provided us with an authentic Spanish town experience, peace, and incredible, unobstructed views of the Mediterranean coast from an expansive patio. Basking in the early morning sun while having breakfast outdoors was a highlight.
Another huge plus for us was the awe-inspiring road biking and hiking from our doorstep. No need to drive to a starting point or trail head. We could not wish for more!
We found a multiplicity of very well maintained, exhilirating, scenic roads, including iconic mountain passes and quiet backroads, that exceeded our cycling expectations.
Hiking trails also proved to be a delight to the senses and more than satisfied our desire to explore the valley. There is still so much to be discovered in this area so rich in history, culture and natural beauty. We look forward to coming back!
The apartment had everything we needed to make our stay pleasurable. We enjoyed full days of exploring outdoors and, in the evenings, relaxing and recharging with all the comforts of a retreat.
Tony's communication with us prior to our arrival and once in Spain also added to our overall positive experience. He was attentive and provided thoughtful explanations (with photos) of important details including directions and hiking suggestions. Thank you, Tony!
Our experiences at Vall de Laguar created many lasting memories of our first, but certainly not last, visit to Costa Blanca.
Special interest holidays:
Vall de Laguar offers many impressive walking and biking routes. Ancient Moorish pathways such as the Barranc de l´Infern (Hells Ravine ), officially known as PR-V 147, reveals crystal-clear springs, caves and cliffs painted with UNESCO protected paintings of significant historical value along its length. The walk is 14.5 kilometers and has 6,873 stone steps of Moorish origin.
A second famous walk, PR-V 181, skirts the top of the Cavall Verd which is where the alleged last stand of the Moors in Spain occurred.
Denia - the north side of Denia has miles of sandy beaches, around 30 mins by car. Javea - The Arenal beach is the most popular, is sandy and is lined with shops and restaurants, around 30 mins by car. Moraira - Sandy cove type beach, Benidorm - Lovely sandy beaches, lots of shops, night clubs and restaurants.
Fleix is equidistant between the airports of Alicante and Valencia. Travel time to to either airport is approximately 70 mins of which 40 minutes is motorway. A car is necessary to easily travel to Fleix. Inexpensive car-hire is available at both Alicante and Valencia airports.
Casa El Limonero is in the middle of Fleix with access to a small number of shops for basic provisions. Orba is 15 minute drive , Denia a 30 min drive drive. The town of Jalon is around 30 mins drive where you can sample and purchase the local wine. The Terra Mitica Adventure Theme Park, Mundomar Dolphin/Seal Show, Aqualandia Water Theme Park and Terra Natura Animal Theme Park are at Benidorm approximately a 60 minute drive.
If you visit in Feb you will see the cherry trees in bloom and in May you can pick cherries from our orchard, a 20 minute hillside walk from the village . During the middle of March , the 15-19th every year, is Las Fallas, a fiesta centred on the city of Valencia that has to be experienced at least once in a life time . The climate is one of the area's greatest assets, with over 300 days of sunshine a year, little rainfall and a typical temperature range of 10°C to 20°C during the winter. and 20 -30°C in the summer. The local festivals are held in January , May and September. On the 17th January the life of San Antonio Abad (St Anthony the Great) is celebrated by the communities that make up the Vall de Laguar. The Fiestas Patronales , patron saint festivals, begin in May with the celebration of the life of San Pascual (Fleix). In July Santa Ana (Campell) and St. Ignatius of Loyola (Fontilles) are honoured . In mid August, the feast of San Cosme y San Damián (Benimaurell) and early September Santa Teresa (Fleix) is honoured. There is a 24 hour Medical Centre. in Orba , a large hospital in Denia as well as a large Shopping Mall (La Marina) at Ondara. There are many good and independently run restaurants in the surrounding villages.