Hondón de los Frailes
Guide to Hondón de los Frailes, a village on the Costa Blanca, Spain.
Hondón de los Frailes and Hondón de las Nieves
With a name that literally means ‘Gorge of the Friars’ the charming village of Hondón de los Frailes is located in the beautiful Hondón Valley about 45 km from Alicante and the Costa Blanca coastline. The municipality of Hondón de los Frailes covers an area of about 12 km2 and has a population of just over 1,000 (2006 figures), it is bounded by the picturesque Sierra de lo Frailes (which reach a height of 718 metres above sea level).
The name of the village originates due to the fact that it was owned by an order of Dominican Friars during the 17th Century and was controlled by the Corregimiento de Orihuela until 1833. In 1840 along with the village of Redován, Hondón de los Frailes became part of the municipality of Hondón de las Nieves and remained so until it gained its independence in 1926.
There is evidence of settlements in the area going back to ancient times and there was a Roman site there during their occupation of the Iberian Peninsular. Later settlements by the Moors established Hondón as an agricultural area, producing crops such as almonds, olives and grapes.
The present day village has mostly grown up around the 19th Century church, the Iglesia de la Virgen de la Salud, which was built by the Dominican Friars.
Hondón de las Nieves (‘Gorge of the Snows’) with its population of 2,300 is named for the ‘Virgin of the Snow’ and the village church was built in her honour. Hondón de las Nieves is a peaceful agricultural village with a traditional Spanish feel and both villages have a warm and welcoming community. Hondón de las Nieves and Hondón de los Frailes are renowned for their fine table wines.
Hondón de los Frailes is situated on the CV- 845 between Aspe and Barbarroja, Hondón de las Nieves is also on the CV-845 a little closer to Aspe.
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