Area information for Rojales, San Miguel, Ciudad Quesada.
Area information for Rojales, San Miguel, Orihuela Costa
San Miguel de salinas
San Miguel de Salinas is another agricultural town across the salt lake from Torrevieja, its main interest being its position on the shores of the lake. With a population of 6000, San Miguel offers plenty of shops, bars and supermarkets, with a market being held each Wednesday morning.
Villamartin Golf Club is a couple of kilometres from San Miguel. Campoamor and Las Ramblas Golf Clubs are a ten minute drive away.
The town is 30km from San Javier airport and 38km from Alicante airport. It is located about 8km from the main N332 coastal road.
Rojales and Ciudad Quesada
Rojales used to be a traditional farming village. The demands of the tourist industry on the coast have caused it to expand and it is now a town with a large sports hall, a theatre and large residential areas for people working in the service sector.
A couple of kilometres from Rojales is the village of Benijofar. Both towns have attracted a large expatriate community but they are quieter than nearby Torrevieja and Guadamar.There are plenty of shops, supermarkets and amenities which include a 24 hour filling station, an internet café and an international pub. The services offered by Torrevieja and Guardamar are a 20 minute drive away.
Rojales holds a market every Thursday.La Finca Golf and La Marquesa Golf Club are less than a 10 minutes drive away.The towns are within easy reach of airports, Alicante being 29km away and Murcia 35km.Main roads ensure that Benijofar and Rojales are easily accessible, well connected with both the coastal towns of the Costa Blanca as well as inland Vega Baja.
Ciudad quesada is where are shop is located as its part of trhe province of Rojales. Quesada is a very british area with numerous bars, restaurants, shops, golf course, and home to the quesada lawn bowling club where I playnow and again and also vist with my bowlswear and products. ( see main page for CS bowlswear)
There is plenty of entertainment for all ages all year round and for all nationalities with fiestas held in august which are very popular and well worth a visit if your looking for a good time.
The River Segura is the life blood of the Vega Baja, where the economy inland is mainly agricultural. The river is channeled by thousands of irrigation ditches, the origins of which are Roman and Moorish. The area is almost completely flat and the irrigation channels allow water flow to the soil in what is otherwise a dry, temperate climate. As such, the plains of the Vega Baja are rich and fertile, producing the bulk of the Alicante Province’s fresh produce.
Orihuela is the principle town of inland Vega Baja. There are some architectural gems in the old city where superb churches and buildings of Baroque, Gothic and Renaissance origin can be seen. The Santiago church is the building where the Catholic Monarchs held a general parliament in 1488 in order to generate funds to finance the movement that was to culminate in the conquest of Granada in 1492.
A custom unique to Orihuela can be seen at the Burial Procession at Easter, when one of the procession’s floats contains a representation of the “Diablesa” – the female form of the devil. There is also a statue of the Diablesa in the town.
Orihuela has all the amenities you would expect from a town of 56,000 people, including the vega baja hospital, a good selection of shops, banks, and supermarkets. A good time to visit Orihuela is Tuesday, when the weekly market is held.
La Finca Algorfa Golf Club is 18km from Orihuela. Orihuela is easily accessible, situated inland on the N340, 5km from the A7, the motorway that runs between Murcia and Alicante. It is 22km from Murcia and 59km from Alicante. San Javier airport is 38km away.
Founded by the Moors, Redovan is sequestered on a sparsely vegetated plain at the foot of the Segura Sierra, close to Orihuela. Redovan is famous for its hemp and cotton and its production of espadrilles and ceramics. At the end of September, an exhibition of hemp products is displayed to celebrate St. Michael.
Redovan is a small town with a population of 5600. 4km north of Redovan is the town of Cox. Originally a Moorish farmstead, Cox is near to the Sierra de Callosa. There are caves nearby where potholing can be done. Cox has a fifteenth century fortified palace built on a ridge that has recently been restored. There is also a hermitage near to the palace.
The village of Benferri with a population of 1000 is located on the edge of the district, north of Orihuela, near to the border with Murcia. It is conveniently situated on the A7 motorway. The village developed around a small tower that housed 29 families in the 16th century.
Redovan and Cox both have their own shops and supermarkets. It is 6km from the service centre of Orihuela.
Alicante and its airport are 52km away. It is easily accessible via the N340 or the A7 motorway.
East of Catral, the village of Dolores was established when the marshy land of the Vega Baja was drained at the beginning of the eighteenth century so that the marshy areas of the Vega Baja could be used for farming. Livestock are farmed around Dolores and a large cattle fair is held there in August.
Dolores and Catral each have about 5000 inhabitants. Being inland, the population is mainly local.
The service centre of Almoradi is a 15 minute drive away. The towns are fairly accessible, positioned on national roads that run through the area.
Dotted along the southern banks of the River Segura is a string of towns and villages that take advantage of their riverside location to produce large quantities of citrus fruits.