Luxury villa sleeping upto six people on the edge of Orba village. Well equipped not a basic holiday villa, with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, private pool, ample garden furniture, shady areas and gas BBQ.
Details of Orba
Orba is a small typically Spanish village with something over 2,100 inhabitants. Although the home of many ex-pat Britons, Germans, Scandinavians and French, it still retains its local Spanish culture with many Fiestas during the year, featuring a wide variety of different events, including dancing in the streets, firework displays, marching bands, religious celebrations, parades and bull running through the streets.
Orba is situated 18km inland from the popular coastal resorts of Javea, Denia and Calpe, slightly over 1 hour’s drive from the airports of either Alicante or Valencia via the AP-7 motorway.
The valley of Orba, from which the village takes its name, has a mild climate, excellent water and is surrounded by orange groves, lemon trees, almonds and of course, olives.
Orba has banks with cash machines, a pharmacy, a 24 hr medical centre, dental surgery and opticians.
A very small market is held in the village every Wednesday, selling fruit and vegetables, clothes and souvenirs.
There is also a public swimming pool (as with all the local surrounding villages), tennis court, basketball and football pitches. This complex also has a restaurant, and is virtually on the doorstep of Casa Alegria.
Pelota (the fastest ballgame in the world), is played either on the indoor or outdoor courts at the sports complex. The local village teams play other village teams in the area, you can also watch them in a variety of village streets around the Orba valley.
Orba has just about all you need for day to day shopping, with a Mas y Mas supermarket, grocery shops selling a range of English goods, butcher shop, fishmongers, bakeries, electrical store, large ‘DIY’ store, garages, petrol station, and numerous other shops, which satisfy just about every need. English newspapers, magazines and local papers in English are readily available.
The shops are generally open from 0900 to 1330 and then again from 1630 to 2000 each weekday. They usually close after lunch on Saturdays and do not open again until Monday.
Other major supermarkets such as Mercadona, Carrefour, Lidl and Aldi can be found in the surrounding towns. Iceland in Benissa or Javea stock over 1500 lines from UK Iceland and Waitrose stores. These main supermarkets stay open all day , i.e. they don't close over the lunchtime period. Also, during the summer, some supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings.
There is also an excellent shopping centre next to the motorway (AP-7) junction in Ondara, 10 km’s (6 miles), from the villa. This shopping centre has numerour shops, restaurants, bars, multi-screen cinema, a Carrefour Hypermarket, there is plenty of above-ground and under-ground parking available.
Following is a sample of restaurants available, although we endeavour to keep this information updated, inevitably restaurants will close, change hands and new ones open up. There really is too much choice to list here. Restaurants and bars appear everywhere, you can eat Spanish, English, French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, in fact just about any style that you can imagine.
Orba has a number of reasonably priced restaurants and there are also some good restaurants in the neighbouring area of Orbeta, which is a 15 minute walk from the villa. There is a comprehensive list of restaurants in the villa's information pack. It is not always necessary to book, but advisable just to be sure of a table.
As well as 'a la carte', most restaurants will serve a simple, value for money ‘Menu del Dia’. The price varies from between €10 and €13 a head for a three course meal including half a bottle of wine.
The nearest restaurant is a short stroll away, by the sports area.
Restaurant Piscina – award winning, Italian style, log fueled ovens, specialising in pizza’s, a huge choice, (even a chocolate one), they also have an extensive menu thats includes pasta's and steaks, wine €4 a bottle, take aways/local deliveries available.
In the centre of the village (5 to 10 minute walk) the main restaurants are:-
Restaurant Awraba - Spanish owned, Spanish style, very popular, Menu del Dia, inc wine, and Tapas, €10, €12 at weekends.
Restaurant Placa - again Spanish owned, Spanish style, very popular, Menu del Dia, inc wine, and Tapas, €10, €12 at weekends.
The restaurant/bar/hotel Placa (Tapas available) is also a good place for a mid-morning coffee and brandy, sitting outside in the village plaza watching the world go by. There are also a number of other bars that cater for this activity, all have tables in the roadways.
Local Spanish restaurants/bars - lots to choose from, the ones that we have tried all serve freshly cooked meals at excellent prices.
Bar Escales - Across the square from restaurant Placa, Spanish cafe style, (inc Tapas), Menu del Dia €9, pavement tables all day.
Bar CalXon - between the John Deere garage and the traffic lights, Spanish, no menu, but they speak good English, Menu del Dia €7.50 including wine and coffee, excellent freshly cooked food for you.
Citrus Bar - opposite the Mas y Mas supermarket, English, simple bar meals, outside terraces, quiz and live music evenings. Very popular for a mid-morning coffee on the terrace, or in the garden.
Orbeta (approx 15 mins walk from the villa), also has some good restaurants.
Forn Vell - in complete contrast, this restaurant is run by an English family, and the food is mostly traditional English fayre and good value for money. They have regular theme events, such as traditional Sunday roast, Fish and Chips on Friday, ‘Full Monty’ all day breakfasts as spare rib nights. Children's meals are available at around €4. Forn Vell was converted from an old ceramic oven, the curved remains of which are still in evidence
Cal Morell - this restaurant is around 75 meters up the hill from the Forn Vell, the food here is also very good, but a bit more expensive than the other restaurants mentioned.
Slightly further away
Detailed below are a number of other restaurants, where you will need to drive. On the outskirts of the village:
New Indian Gate - Indian, by the petrol station, 3 course menus with wine from €9.
El Nou Portet - Predominately Mediterranean style, 3 course menus from €14.
In the surrounding villages
There are numerous restaurants in the surrounding villages of Alcalali, Parcent, Jalon, Tormos, Murla, Benidoleig and although we haven’t sampled them all, the experiences at those we have been to have always been good. The restaurants outside of Orba tend to be a bit more expensive, but nevertheless, still very good value for money.
L’Era - in the village of Parcent is ‘the’ place to go for Paella, booking is essential as this restaurant gets very busy, and rightly so. Terraces for outside dining, good Jalon valley and mountain views. This restaurant only has Paellas on the menu, but lots of variety, meat, fish, mixed, vegetable, etc. All menus have a huge salad to start, and a large plate of fresh fruit to finish. If your table is near the kitchen, you can watch the chefs, through the flames.
Restaurante La Piscina - just outside Parcent on the Col de Rates/Tarbena road. Best described as a Spanish kitchen. Only open lunch times, noon to 16:00, very popular, always busy, excellent choice of meats, fishes, paeaurante llas, pastas, all started off by a help yourself buffet salad, good range of sweets. Vino included, €12. Terraces or inside tables, Piscina (swimming pool) is now a huge lilly pond. Sometimes they host a Flamenco show.
Monroes - near Pedreguer caters for English meals, a full carvery every lunchtime and evening, as well an extensive 'a la carte' menu. A good children's menu and children's cocktails are available. A bar meal/cafe area. They also have dancing and music nights. Monday pie nights, Friday fish lunches.
Pepe's and CastleVi - in Alcalali, both have similar menus, both serve excellent food, and are very popular.
All costal towns have a massive range of restaurants, the best fish restaurants are in the port areas at Calpe, Javea and Denia. In the early evening, at any of the ports, you can watch the fishing boats arrive, and sell their catch.
If Chinese is your choice, try one of the many Wok Buffet restaurants. These restauants offer an all you can eat deal between 12:00 and 24:00 for €11, buffet style service as well as your choice of fresh food cooked by wok chefs in front of you. House wine, how about an agreeable Rioja for €6.95.
If you like to wander around markets there is one to be found every day of the week in the surrounding towns and villages, differing in sizes from basic fruit, vegetables and bric-a-brac (like Orba) to large scale markets which take over the streets, selling just about every type of product.
The large “tourist” markets of Alicante and Benidorm are absolutely massive – if you want to have a look round, be careful of pickpockets here as there are lots of stories about people getting their bags, wallets etc. stolen at these places.
Good size markets selling a whole range of goods are to be found in Javea, Denia, Calpe, Pego, Oliva and Altea – all within easy reach of Casa Alegria. We have found these to be much more interesting and better value as they are more for locals and ex-pats.
On Saturdays in Jalon, there is also the famous “rastro” or flea market, which is one of the biggest in the Costa Blanca.
Orba has a small famers market on the 3rd Saturday of each month.
The timetable of market days is:-
The climate of the Costa Blanca is considered to be one of the most healthy in the world by the World Health Organisation. The weather is almost perfect for holidays. Daily temperatures are in the upper 30C's (90F's) in July and August with 11 hours sunshine. Even in midwinter 20C (68F) is commonplace with an average of 6 hours of sun. Humidity is usually low. The driest months are Jun, Jul, Aug. The wettest (on average 4in/100mm or above) are Nov, Dec, May with Apr, Sep, Oct close by. Almost any month can be exceptionally dry. Rain usually comes for a week or ten days in October/November and for short periods through the winter until May. As Orba is surrounded by mountains it can on occasions attract clouds. In this case try a trip to the coast where it can be clearer.
|Orba weather||All figures display the average, and NOT the maximum that can be expected|
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|UV Index (Maximum)||2||3||5||6||8||9||9||8||6||4||3||2|
|Avg Sea Temperature at Javea (°C)||15||14||14||15||18||21||24||26||24||21||18||16|