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Villa Tocino is situated inland, surrounded by mountains, in an elevated position overlooking the village of Hondon de los Frailes. It is ideal for quiet relaxation but near enough for visiting the more lively Mediterranean coastal areas.
Located in a tranquil setting within its own almond grove with beautiful 180 degree views of the surrounding mountains. The villa offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the coast but only 30 minutes drive from the A7 motorway and 40 minutes from Alicante Airport, or only 75 minutes from Murcia Airport, on the Costa Blanca.

Hondon de los Frailes

The village of Hondon de los Frailes is five minutes away with local bars, cafes and shops. There is also a supermarket just over the mountain in Albatera, a 15-minute scenic drive.
This historical location of La Romana in Lumbam, Hondon is a 'new' village that gained its independence from the other Hondon, Hondon de las Nieves, in 1926. Its name results from having belonged to the Orihuela Jesuits in the 17th century. A typical agricultural village, 74 percent of its land is given over to farming, mainly of grapes, olives and almonds though it also produces other crops that grow on irrigated land.

Aspe

Aspe today is a pleasant place to walk around, with much of the old town centre being pedestrianised, the old town square (Plaza del Ayuntamiento) with the the eighteenth century Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) is the centre of the community and places worth visiting are the seventeenth century parish church and the modernist 'casino'. There is much more for the visitor to enjoy in this very Spanish town, which has a wealth of shops, restaurants and a daily covered food market with an outdoor market on Tuesdays.
Aspe was created as a village, over seven hundred years ago, in 1296, and following the expulsion of the Moors at the beginning of the seventeenth century, the village was repopulated by Aragonese and Spanish became the major tongue. Today Aspe is an important communications centre and is easily identifiable from any tree lined approach road due to the vineyards growing the Aledo bagged grapes which are to be found in many Spanish homes on New Year’s Eve. The grapes have achieved national status and are labelled as such being clearly marked that they were grown in the Vinalopa area of Spain.

Elche (Elx)

Boasting the largest palm grove in Europe, its old town has plenty of interesting museums and historical buildings to visit. Stroll through the Huerto del Cura (gardens) with its gold fish ponds, beautiful flowers and numerous shady palms - it's a lovely place to spend an hour or two. Look out for the Imperial Palm, where eight palms grow out of a single stem. Elche is also the centre of Spain's shoe making industry - ask at the Tourist Office for factory visit details to search out the bargains. Elche is an approximate 30 minutes drive from Villa Tocino.

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