Interesting guide to Algorfa Spain, a village in the Vega Baja district.
Villages of Spain - Algorfa
Algorfa Spain - Algorfa is one of the Southern Costa Blanca’s many citrus farming villages, lying in rich and fertile countryside in the Segura valley. Situated between the towns of Rojales and Almoradi, Algorfa has a large administrative area but is only a small village with a population of 2,914 (2006). Algorfa is a traditional Spanish village with a rich cultural heritage and its people have a warm, welcoming nature.
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 The privilege was withdrawn after the War of Succession in 1714 by Felipe V, but was restored before the end of the 18th Century by Carlos IV.
Village life in modern day Algorfa revolves around the charming village square where throughout the year many fiestas, activities and celebrations take place, continuing the traditions of the past. Also in the village square are the church, the newly built Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) and a selection of bars and restaurants where villagers and visitors can enjoy a peaceful drink and a bite to eat.
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.
Whilst on a visit to Algorfa you might also want to see some of the other attractions in the area - worth a look are the quaint 19th neo-gothic church (located on the road to Benejuzar), the extensive gardens at the Palace of the Marquis de Fontabla at nearby Jacarilla, the cave houses at Rojales and the Parque Natural de Las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja (Natural Park of the salt lakes).
The busy Algorfa Sunday market is also a “must visit” place whilst in the village a good place to find some great value local products.
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 Mata, Torrevieja and the Orihuela Costa are also within easy reach.
Thus ends our little trip to Algorfa - the tiny Costa Blanca village with a big heart.
Algorfa is located on the Southern Costa Blanca and can be accessed from the CV-91 road between Guardamar del Segura and Orihuela. Also close by is junction 740 of the AP-7 motorway which runs from Crevillente to Cartagena.
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