Villages of the Vega BajaAlgorfa

By: Steve Locke

Algorfa – Situated between Almoradi and Rojales in the Vega Baja region of the Costa Blanca, Spain is the tiny citrus farming village of Algorfa. Located on the banks of the River Segura, Algorfa lies on rich and fertile land, its surrounding countryside is full of orange and lemon groves. Algorfa enjoys spectacular views both to the mountains and to the azure blue Mediterranean Sea.

From evidence uncovered by an archaeologist of Orihuela in 1903, there seem to have been settlements on the land around Algorfa in about 3,000 BC. The discovery of implements and human remains are an important clue to Algorfa’s first inhabitants.

Algorfa and its municipality was officially founded in 1328 by a privilege granted by Alfonso II after which it became part of the kingdom of Valencia. The original village comprised only fifteen houses with fifteen families. The privilege was withdrawn after the War of Succession in 1714 by Felipe V, but was restored before the end of the 18th Century by Carlos IV.

Modern day village life in Algorfa centres mostly around the pretty village square, this is where most of the traditional local fiestas take place and also other activities and celebrations.

The square is also where the Town Hall is located, together with the church and the police station. The village square is a popular place to enjoy a quiet drink or a snack. Algorfa is an exceptionally friendy place and visitors are always welcomed with a smile.

Algorfa enjoys a fabulous Mediterranean climate with an average annual temperature of around 19 degrees centigrade and in excess of 300 days of sunshine each year. The whole region has very little rainfall – the Segura river valley generally having the lowest annual rainfall in the whole of Spain.

Also worth seeing whilst in Algorfa are the quaint cave dwellings at nearby Rojales, the Parque Natural de La Mata y Torrevieja (a fine Natural Park with walking routes and rich wildlife), the substantial gardens at the Palace of the Marquis de Fontabla at Jacarilla and the 19th C neo-gothic church on the Benejuzar road.

Also worth a visit is the bustling Algorfa Sunday market a great place to pick up a bargain.

Algorfa is an excellent location for sports and leisure pursuits, there are some fine walking and cycling routes in the area, superb water sports facilities in the coastal towns and a beautiful golf course nearby. There is a fine recreation centre in the village offering various sporting facilities such as tennis, swimming, squash and five-a-side football. The golf course is at La Finca Golf Club, an excellent 18 hole, par 72 course set in wonderful surroundings with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Though Algorfa is an inland village, it is still very close to a number of fine sandy beaches, the popular seaside resort of Guardamar del Segura is just a 15 minute drive away. The beaches of La MataFind Article, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa are also within easy reach.

So there you have it – the little Costa Blanca village of Algorfa a place to live and enjoy life.

Algorfa can be accessed from the AP-7 motorway (Cartagena – Crevillente) and from the CV-91 between Guardamar del Segura and The historic city of Orihuela. Algorfa is approximately 35 minutes drive from both Murcia and Alicante airports.

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