If you have always wanted to know more about El Ràfol d’Almúnia, then we have this quick guide to help you get around and learn more about this small Spanish town of 749 inhabitants.
We are lucky to have interviewed Vanessa Crocker-Dean from Hello2Spain who covers the El Ràfol d’Almúnia area.
Vanessa revealed to us a number of good reasons why El Ràfol d’Almúnia is a good choice for someone who wants to visit the area whether for the holiday or for the purpose of staying and living permanently.
Where is El Ràfol d’Almúnia?
It is located approximately 1 hour to either Alicante or Valencia Airports, 15 minutes to Junction 62 on the AP7 Motorway. In the Marina Alta which is famous for the beautiful orange groves and picturesque mountains and the blue flag beaches of the Mediterranean Sea which can be seen from many properties in the community.
History and Important Facts
El Ràfol d’Almúnia descends from Arabic however there is no history until 1306 when historian Sanchis Sivera was lordship of the Rois de Corella.
The town hall was established in 1856 and the first major was José Miralles Mut who was succeeded six months later by Francisco José Ferrer Pastor and since then there have been over 50 Majors.
The town hall care for their community by providing various courses for all different ages. Even training to help people start or get back to work.
Are there many facilities such as doctors and dentists, shops etc?
It is a very pretty Spanish town, with shops, bars, restaurants, bread shop, chemist, sports centre and much more. There is also a community swimming pool, basketball and football and various other places for activities.
What are the things to do and see in El Ràfol d’Almùnia?
Historical church is the centre of the town and only has around 700-800 habitants which makes it unspoilt. San Francesc de Paula is a beautiful church situated in the plaza with a couple of coffee shops and benches to enjoy the blue skies in the background.
Amas de Casa’s translated to the lady of the house. This is a woman only event, a way of showing appreciation for all the hard work the women do in the house. Different towns do different things. Meals out, coach trips and so on.
Pensionistas is for the pensioners of the town, where they have different events throughout the year and a lovely hamper at Christmas.
What are the nearest international schools and how good are they?
Summer School for children between 3 and 14 years of age. If you are looking for an international school, the Lady Elisabeth in Javea provide a coach service to pick up at various locations.
Can you give us some insider tips to the best bars or restaurants?
Safra Safor Restaurant cater for people with special dietary requirements at the castle. Tapas bars and restaurants, Bar Moreno and Bar Santa by the church, other restaurants and bars in ORBA.
How does one get to El Ràfol d’Almùnia?
Bus route to Jalon and Denia.
El Ràfol d’Almúnia is 12 kilometres from the beach.
When do they celebrate fiestas and festivities?
Fiestas are in August.
What would you say would be the advantages to living in El Ràfol d’Almúnia compared to other Costa Blanca towns?
Peaceful and tranquil, yet just 20 minutes to the busy beaches. All year round village life, friendly locals.
What proportion of the local population are Spanish?
Coming onto buying property, what is the market like now in terms of prices going up, or down or staying the same?
Very cheap prices, a 7 bedroom detached at the moment is 286,800 euros, very cheap, bank repossession. Prices are stable and excellent value for money
What urbanisations are there and can you describe each one and how they might differ from each other?
The main urbanisation is Residencial l’Almunia Rafol. This is a very well looked after urbanisation and close to Monte Pego but more upmarket.
How much are the typical property prices in El Ràfol d’Almúnia for apartments, villas etc?
Other 3 bed detached villas are about 250-300K. Ibizan style are around the 400,000 where apartments are from 43,000.
Any tips and advice to people looking to move in El Ràfol d’Almùnia or surrounding area?
This list is not exhaustive and there are many more things to do in and around the area. If you want to know anything in particular, then please feel free to ask.
Vanessa, thank you so much for sharing this information on your experiences in Spain. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.
Below is a video where you can see some of the breathtaking views and interesting places in El Ràfol d’Almúnia.
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