When you drive away from the coast, the landscape suddenly changes to mountainous and beautiful green. The high-rise makes way for small authentic villages and valleys full of vineyards, citrus and almond trees.
One of the ideal periods to visit the region is the flowering of the almond trees at the end of February. The landscape then turns completely white and pink. Spain also has a very varied flora. The vegetation is subtropical Mediterranean with agaves, cacti and palm trees.
In our garden you will also find a large date tree, an ollijfgaard, a pepper tree and some fruit trees … and of course we can not forget our four chickens who take care of the fresh eggs in the morning at breakfast.
Well worth a visit is the only date palm forest of Europe in Elche.
The bird world is also very rich. One of the many nature parks such as El Parque Natural el Hondo is of great importance for overwintering birds but is also an important breeding ground for various endangered bird species.
Very impressive are the salt lakes or ‘Salinas’ such as the one at La Mata and the more southerly salt lake at Torrevieja where the population of flamingos is impressive.
A direct hit is definitely an excursion (free!) To the healing mud baths of Lo Pagan where you can rinse in the end in salt, shallow and blissful super warm water.
In the nearby village of Novelda you can visit El Santuario Santa Maria Magdalena, a wonderful Gaudi-style church with the ruins of El Castillo de la Mola, a 12th century castle unique in Europe because of its 3-sided tower.
Fascinating are the numerous cave dwellings that are inhabited mainly by friendly and hospitable artists and craftsmen.
Also worth a visit are the Basilica de Santa Maria and the Museo Arqueológico y de Historica in Elche or the Museo del Palmeral Huerto de San Plácido (free) which also has an active workshop with palm leaves. A must and must visit is the many Bodegas in the area such as La Romana, Pinoso, Matola … where you get a guided tour with professional explanation how wine is made with a tasting followed by a bite, tapas or even a barbecue. Since we work together with a Dutch-speaking guide who expresses everything from start to finish and would like to answer all your questions, the trips must be reserved in time.
There are many limestone and marble quarries in the region. Here too, you can get a professional tour through a Spanish-certified Dutch-speaking guide. If interested, the message should also be made in time. Please note that in August the quarries are closed for the entire month due to holidays.
Finally, we have many tourist brochures at your disposal.