This beautiful complex consists of 3 units. A two double bedroomed apartment for four, a studio apartment for two and a studio apartment with separate single bed for 4. All double bedrooms can be made twin if required. Each has it´s own fully fitted kitchen area and shower room together with TV, DVD and hi-fi facilities. All are situated around the 16m x 8m pool that is fenced and gated and controlled by you, within the confines of our large private garden with 3 patios, gazebo & seating areas and with your own entrances to the street with ample on street parking. Each unit has it's own dining area and the apartment has a coverred area with dining for 10 so the group can come together as required. There is a laundry room and ironing facilities. Barx has many bars plus supermarkets, butchers, bakers, pharmacy etc. The area is peaceful, relaxing and beautiful as rural Spain can be.
Approx. 1hr from Valencia and 1.5hrs from Alicante and 15mins from Gandia, home to a beach voted best in Europe for the last two years.
Costa Azahar, Valencia near Costa Blanca
Relaxation or what.: This area is all about rest and relaxation. The mountain area is naturally quiet but being a valley noise does tend to travel but it is always in the distance. Being rural Spain, the Siesta is still respected and between 1400hrs and 1630hrs very little stirs, apart from the odd dog.
If you want the 'or what', then the mountains beckon. Walking can mean 15mins down the road to Barx or a half hour by ancient goat track. This can extend to 8 hour hikes and even full blown mountain climbing.
Next is cycling and the roads here are used for training for Tour de France and Tour d´España, we even have a local lad who competed for España in the last Olympics.
Less energetic, but as much fun, is off roading either on two or four wheels. Hire the right equipment and we can send you off on a journey where you can go all day and not see another person.
It´s your choice.
Fauna and Flora: The area is an haven for many creature ranging from buzzards, eagles and whoopies to badger hare and wild boar. All are indigenous to the region but are very rarely seen. You have to be a specialist to know what you are doing. The locals seem to know, 90% of Spanish men go hunting at some time or other.
Walking in the mountains lets the observer see the variety in plant life. From rare orchids to the two dozen different herbs. It´s not unusual to see an old Spaniard walking along the road in his espadrilles carrying a large bunch of what you and I would take to be weeds, but just like the hunters and the anglers, just about everything given up by nature will go in the pot.
Food in the are tends to be basic, but people will come from all over Spain to try a local Valencian Paella cooked over an orange wood stove and not a prawn in sight. The best thing is you are paying local prices. It´s still possible to get a five course lunch (menu del dia) with wine for less than 10 euros.
History: The area is steeped in history if you care to look. Oscillating between Moor and Christian rule the Spaniard kept his head down and took on whatever was of use. This can be seen typically in the agriculture where the land is taken back from the mountain in a series of steps and planted with olive or almond, a Moorish practice that pre dates the Romans.
In a cave just outside La Drova, paintings were discovered on tablets of stone, rather than the wall of the cave, suggesting trade or at least portability. Very rare and a cave near Malaga is now a World Heritage Site for having 50 such tablets. La Drova´s site had 5000, but not many people know this.
Carry on through Barx and zig zag down the mountain to a village called Simat. Just like any other large village but this one has a 13th century monastary and palace. It is in the process of being renovated from an orange store and well worth a visit. Time it right and you can listen to a recital in the grounds on a sultry evening.
Many guests are happy to relax in our gardens or on the terraces and if you ask the children they all think the pool is best.
The big attraction is the flexibility of the space. You can spend the day doing your own thing and yet all come together for the evening meal in the knowledge you have your own private areas to retreat to. The pool and terraces are large enough that if you are all there together it is still not crowded, we have even had guests who have invited friends to stay for the day. You are in control.