El Fondó de les Neus (Nieves)

Nieves Coat of Arms

The old Valenciana name for Hondón de las Nieves is “El Fondó de les Neus” and is in the Valencian Community of southern Spain. You will often see the old name on maps or documents.  [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Fond%C3%B3_de_les_Neus ]

Nieves is a small village, inland, west of the Alicante Region. Its nearest city is Elche to the south east or Crevillente (20 mins drive). Alicante is about 25 minutes drive.

The village name literally means ‘Gorge of the Snow’ this is a reference to the village’s patron “The Virgin of the Snow”.

This effigy and the church is at the heart of village life. The ‘Virgin’ has her own fiesta dedicated to her including the twinned festival in the summer march fromAspe to Nieves, attended by thousands of Hondón Valley residents.

Posters in village windows or flags in the streets with the ‘Virgin’ printed on them can often be seen.

History

Fondó belonged to the jurisdiction of Aspe until 1839, when it became independent and formed a single municipality in conjunction with Hondon de los Frailes, In 1926 Hondon de las Nieves and Hondon de los Frailes split to be independent municipalities and now have separate councils.

The main traditional economy has been through agricultural, based on table grapes, almonds, pears and various vegetables but is now supplemented and surpassed by the real estate business as an increasing number of foreigners installed in the municipality.

This has meant many sand and gravel quarries, cement and related industries as a key employer in the area. Latterly these industries have suffered with the poor world economy and ‘credit crunch’ curtailing property sales across all the Spanish Costas.