The Jalon Valley, also known as the Xalo Valley is situated in the Marina Alta area in the Costa Blanca North and is quite simply stunning. The Saturday market in Jalon is well worth a visit during the holidays. This slightly different market is full of antiques and rarities and here are good opportunities to make a bargain.
With some areas on the Costa Blanca coast becoming somewhat built up and overcrowded the Jalon Valley attracts a more discerning visitor and resident who appreciates more of a country feel although the coast and it’s beautiful beaches are still only 30 minutes drive away. The village of Jalon is at the heart of the Jalon Valley. At the Old Square there is a fountain around which there is an open market held on Tuesday mornings. Seen from the square is the famous Jalon Church with its blue dome.
The Jalón Valley is the wine district of the Costa Blanca and is especially known for the Muscat wine and the dessert wine Mistela. A visit to the local wine bodega is a must thing to do in Jalon, and here you can taste wine and maybe buy a bottle or two. Besides local wine, there are many of the bodegas selling honey from the district, pottery, art, antiques, almonds, oranges and tapas, all produced in the village.
Wine tasting in Jalon
Across the street from the market, you will find wine stalls and cafes close together. In the Jalon Valley they grow grapes themselves and the village is especially known for the Muskatel wine and the dessert wine Mistela. Inside the bodegas, you will be given small plastic cups for wine tasting. This is free and unfamiliar to many. You can taste most of the wines, once and twice and eventually turn a little red in the cheeks and the mood is at its best. The quality is good and the prices are very reasonable. The cheapest variant is that you take empty water bottles with you and fill them up with wine from one of the many barrels. Besides local wine, many of the bodegas sell honey from the district, pottery, art, antiques, almonds, oranges and tapas. Everything is produced in the small village and the locals are proud of their village.
The market in Jalon is well known on the Costa Blanca. This somewhat special market is considered to be the best for antiques and all kinds of rarities. Many travel far and wide for both buying and selling. The market is located on the outskirts of the city and is not difficult to find along the several kilometres long riverbank (Jalon river). Many people use the Saturday market in Jalón as the destination for a trip over the mountains and through the beautiful Jalón valley.
The market is crowded with happy people from all kinds of nations. The atmosphere is relaxed and nice. People haggle over the strangest things and they seem very happy. Here you will find old gramophones, clothes, herbs, food, tablecloths, rugs, cupboards, crockery, and more, and should you have something to sell yourself, just show up early in the morning so you can find a good place along the several kilometre long river bank, (Jalon river) where the market is located. There seems to be no end to this market.
In recent years, Jalon has had a large population growth. In the valley sides, you can see white urbanization lying in a row. Many people from UK have found their way here and they are also highly represented as sellers in the Jalon weekly market. Englishmen are known to love “flea markets”, and no exception here in the Jalon Valley.
Small nice restaurants, accommodation, antique and craft shops pop up in the narrow narrow streets of Jalon. Flower pots and laundry hang over small apartment building terraces and the birds chirp and are clearly happy with life. As it should be, this “village” also has a church, with a church square where all fiestas take place. January, April, May, August and October are big fiesta months for people in the Jalon Valley, well worth a visit if you should be nearby.
The valley is lush, beautiful and surrounded by majestic mountains that offer beautiful hiking trails, good cycling terrain and deep dark mountain walls for climbers. Despite the crowds, the traffic and the packed street cafes this Saturday, it is easy to imagine the silence, tranquility and good energy that characterize the Jalon Valley.
Airports near to Jalon
Alicante is the best-placed airport for travel abroad, and like any major city, offers a variety of destinations and price points for the budget conscious. The working day is often seasonal, with later opening hours over the summer months, and many businesses still close during traditional siesta hours.
Alicante Airport (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), also known as Alicante-Elche Airport, is currently the fifth largest airport in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both the Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia. It is located 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante city. Growing in size continuously over the past years, in March 2011 the airport got a brand new terminal building, replacing the old two terminals.
Corvera Murcia Airport is a new Airport in Murcia. Several airlines are flying in and out of Corvera Murcia Airport, covering an increasing number of flight routes. Corvera replaces Murcia San Javier Airport (for civilian flights) and is also run by AENA (the official airport authority). It has significant scope to handle many more additional routes.
Valencia Airport ( VLC ) also known as Manises Airport, is the tenth-busiest Spanish airport in terms of passengers and second in the region after Alicante. It is situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the city of Valencia, in Manises. The airport has flight connections to about 20 European countries and 5.79 million passengers passed through the airport in 2016.
A new regional terminal, expanded car parking facilities and apron area have been recently constructed in time for the 2007 America’s Cup. The runway has been also lengthened by 50 m (160 ft). The airport has one terminal and one runway. The former runway 04/22 is not in use and has no ILS but has a helipad at the southwestern end.
It is the main base of Iberia’s regional carrier Air Nostrum. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair used the airport as a hub since 2007 but decided to close it in November 2008 following a dispute over subsidies by the airport authorities. Since then the airline has continued to operate out of Valencia but as a relatively large destination airport, and not a base.
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Destinations on Costa Blanca North
Costa Blanca – Costa Blanca North – Alicante – Valencia – Albir – Alcalali – Alfaz del Pi – Altea – Benidoleig – Benidorm – Benilloba – Benissa – Benitachell – Calpe – Denia – El Vergel – Finestrat – Gata de Gorgos – Jalon – Javea – La Nucia – Lliber – Moraira – Orba – Parcent – Polop – Pedreguer – Teulada – Torrellano – Villajoyosa