Albatera, Alicante Region

People eating and drinking in Albatera

The large town of Albatera is about a 20 minute mountain drive from the Hondon Valley. Many locals use it for shopping or pass through it on their way to the coast or E15 motorway. Here, James Purefoy tells us of some exciting developments of for Albatera (c/o Go Articles).

The town of Albatera is located in Vega Baja in Alicante province. Its population is barely 9,000 with many speaking Spanish and a little Catalan. Albatera is easily accessible from many Spanish towns and cities such as Alicante and Murcia.

Albatera offers many beautiful views from Sierra de Crevillent Mountains and River Segura. Its pleasant Mediterranean climate and little rainfall attract many tourists to this idyllic village.

Development from history

Albatera came under Alicante province in the year 1833; it indulged in agriculture with River Segura assisting in its irrigation needs. However, pig farming flourished and became a strong contributor to Albatera’s economy. » Albatera Villas for Sale

Today, more industries have been established and these overshadowed many of the traditional economies. However, there are numerous irrigation channels and canals available to water the village’s agricultural plots. Hence, vegetable produce such as dates and lemons grow healthily.

Albatera’s history is rich with the many artefacts uncovered. These findings confirmed the village’s pre-historic civilizations that stretched back to 3rd century BC. The Romans came and set up the village’s irrigation channels to cultivate the land. The Arabs came during the 5th century until Alfonso X re-conquered Albatera in 1266.

Church of Albatera

There is an ancient 1729 parochial church at the plaza centre in honour of the local saint, Apostle Santiago. The plaza also houses the town hall and old casino.

Modernization

Albatera continued to flourish naturally with palm trees along its streets amidst whitewashed houses which are typical of Mediterranean villas in Albatera. There is plenty of beauty nature around Albatera.

Albatera has plenty of plains, wetlands, mountains and parks. The village’s park is called Park of Orchards; it spans 30,000 square meters and houses beautiful trees and plants in the midst a lake and a fountain. There are plenty of designated walking routes in and around Albatera.

Albatera has developed a modern resort for golf and sports such as shooting, tennis and riding. The village has also built many excellent Spanish schools as part of its modernization to education although the village folks maintain its steep traditions and good Spanish values.

Many fiestas and festivals continued to be celebrated as with most Spanish towns and villages on fiestas. One of the more exciting fiestas celebrated in Albatera is the July St. James festival. It is a combination of Moorish and Christian traditions which is celebrated over a week long where there are many brave young local men trying their hand in bull running and bull fighting.

More Albatera History: In the thirteenth century, Albatera was included in the Crown of Castile, and under the jurisdiction of Orihuela by privilege of Alfonso X the Wise. After the occupying by Jaime II, king of Aragon, ub 1266, Albatera was annexed to the Kingdom of Aragon, integrating along with Cox and Crevillente the lordship of Arráez de Crevillente. In that year, the king granted safe conduct to the Moors of Albatera, Cox and Crevillente, so that they could return to their places of residence and dedicate themselves to their agricultural tasks. By the arbitral sentence of Torrellas of 1304 the limits between Castile and Aragon were fixed, by the line of the Segura river, whose southern part is annexed to the Kingdom of Aragon and, therefore, Albatera.
What to see and do

Albatera is located in an extensive cultivated plain within the Vega del Segura that is only interrupted by the Sierra (mountain range) de Callosa and the Sierra de Crevillent. The dry climate with low rainfall is compensated by a dense network of ditches and canals that efficiently use the waters of the Segura River to highlight its extensive irrigated crops, dominated by such unique vegetables and fruits as pomegranate, fig, lemon and persimmon.

The name of the population comes from the Arab (Albatera means “way”), and probably makes reference to the old Roman road (Vía Augusta) that would run next. With the Christian conquest, it was part of the kingdom of Castile, but in 1296 it would definitely become part of the kingdom of Aragon. Albatera will become to be dominated by the Rocafull family, who will build a Renaissance palace in the town that unfortunately has not survived to this day, except for the entrance doorway. The visitor of the Camino del Cid will discover walking through its streets the park of la Huerta (Orchard), a unique green space where you can take a break and enjoy its gardens and fountains. Very close to this, next to the Town Hall is the church of Santiago Apóstol, a large Baroque building built in the 18th century.

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Transcript from the Albatera Video:

Albatera: by the Diputación de Alicante… Alberta shares its name with a nearby mountain. In the center of the town is the main historic building: Santiago, an apostille church in the central plaza. An outstanding example of Valencian Baroque.

The Parque de la Huerta combines waterfalls and gardens. At the entrance to the park the bust of Miguel Hernandez is found. It reminds the visitors that they stand on the synod el poeta cultural path that links the towns of Orihuela, Elche, Albatera and Alicante.

In the Parque de la Huerta there is also a modern open-air auditorium which can hold up to 3,000 people. Its unique roof is designed to emphasize the voice of the reciters.

But Albatera has much more… in its municipality, irrigation farming combines vegetables with fruit orchards, grains, citric fruits and figs. This farming activity is combined with commerce and services. The irrigation water reaches the fields from a branch of the local diversion that goes through the area. The channeled water does not hide its arrid origin.

This semi-desert ecosystem is ideal for the proliferation of asparta grass. The people from Albatera used to manufacture this plant to make baskets, espadrills footwear and ropes. This traditional skill is maintained by the hands of a few craftsmen.

In the middle of this apparent desert hides the Rambla. It is a series of pools connected to each other. They have a high concentration of salt. The marked path is easily followed. In the more complicated areas the route follows through the unique landscape of gorges and salty water courses. Many ramblers and walkers visit these areas for the views, fresh air and exercise.

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