Originally founded as a Moorish farmstead settlement in the thirteenth century, the picturesque and charming village of Alcalali lies just 2km from the nearby larger village of Jalon and a similar distance to the next village in the Jalon Valley, Parcent.Surrounded by mountains and with the River Jalon (Rio Gorgos), passing nearby, Alcalali today is a cosmopolitan mix of European inhabitants, yet still retains that very special and tranquil feel of a Spanish inland village, where visitors are always assured of a warm and friendly greeting.
Agriculture still play an important role in the economy of the village, with local farmers cultivating oranges, almonds, olives and of course, grapes in the surrounding fertile valley floor.
The village, with its narrow streets and traditional village houses attracts many passing tourists and holiday makers, who marvel at the beautiful scenery and peaceful atmosphere of this wonderful place, indeed many who have previously visited as tourists have returned to make a permanent home in this very attractive village. Hiking, cycling, bird-watching, and horse riding are just some of the many activities that regularly attracts visitors to Alcalali and the surrounding villages.
The village square exudes traditional character, with the Church typically the focal point, being overlooked by three tapas bars where you can find excellent, fresh local food and drinks at very reasonable prices. The square is the perfect location to sit and have a drink after dining in one of Alcalali’s fabulous restaurants; indeed locals regard this small village of just over a 1000 residents as the gastronomic centre of the entire Jalon Valley. Most of the several restaurants within walking distance of the village centre offer a “Menu del Dia” option, where diners can choose from a selection of starters, main courses and deserts, accompanied by a bottle of local wine per couple, for a very inexpensive price.
Alcalali also has a full compliment of essential shops including two Mini-markets, Butchers, Bakery, Chemists, Newsagents and even a Tearoom. There is also a superb communal sports centre with swimming pool, tennis courts etc., available to locals and visitors alike.
The village celebrates several fiestas throughout the year, with the main ones being between the 23rd and 26th of June for the fiesta of San Juan with dining, dancing, live music and fireworks all lasting well into the early hours. Similarly the fiesta of San Miguel takes place in the last week of August, and again dining, drinking, music and even bull-running takes place.
For those seeking a truly memorable and traditional Spanish village, with excellent facilities and fabulous gastronomy Alcalali is a must!
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