A tapestry of vineyards for the enjoyment of your palate (Medio Vinalopó)

The region of Medio Vinalopó offers visitors a unique rural and gastronomic experience. The secondary road CV-83 leads you to a fertile valley covered in olive trees and almond trees. It's green, reddish and ochre colours stand in contrast to the bright blue sky, and is protected by the leafy hillsides of the mountain ranges of Salinas and Carche, Monte Coto and Cabezo de la Sal. Pinoso is a town that has been significantly modified by mankind but which, somewhat paradoxically, also has an area that is of great ecological value thanks to its primitive flora and indigenous fauna. Its gastronomy is well-known for its rice with rabbit and snails, sausages and old wines, enabling you to discover some of the pleasures that remain hidden in the most rural town in the Costa Blanca.

Next to the river Vinalopó and at the bottom of the Fontanella mountain range you will find the town of Monóvar, whose first historical references date back to the 13th century, after the Reconquest of Spain from the Moors. It is the birthplace of the Fondillón wine, which is made with monastrell grapes and is famous throughout the world, as can be seen in the references made by William Shakespeare and Alejandro Dumas in their works. Monóvar also has an enviable natural landscape thanks to the cleanliness of the water in its river and its pine and holm oak forest.

Dotted around the region, the small villages of Hondón de los Frailes, Hondón de las Nieves, Algueña and La Romana have a common Moorish. Their agriculture is based on the guarantee of origin and quality mark known as "Uva de mesa embolsada del Vinalopó" ("table grapes of the Vinalopó"), which also includes the municipalities of Agost, Aspe, Monforte del Cid and Novelda. While enjoying your calm and peaceful walk through these villages, you can fit in a visit to the baroque parish church of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves, built in 1746 over the chapel of San Pedro and where wall paintings from the 18th century were recently discovered.

Those who have a passion for modernist architecture will enjoy their visit to Novelda, where this style can be seen in a number of well-kept buildings, such as the Casa Museo, the Gómez-Tortosa cultural centre, the Casa Mira and the Magdalena sanctuary.