Planning to go to Pego? Let our quick guide help you get around this small town in the Valencian region which has more than 10,000 inhabitants making up its total population.
Below, we feature an interview with Vanessa Crocker-Dean of Hello2Spain who covers the area of Pego.
Specifically, we wanted to know from Vanessa the best reasons why people should go to Pego whether for a brief vacation or for staying permanently.
Vanessa, can you tell us how we can get to Pego?
Pego is on the Costa Blanca North and 25 minutes inland from the stunning BLUE FLAG BEACHES.
From Alicante Airport follow the AP7 towards Valencia and exit junction 62 follow the N332 towards Valencia and exit at the CV700 which will take you to Pego.
From Valencia Airport follow the AP7 towards Alicante and exit junction 62 follow the N332 towards Valencia and exit at the CV700 which will take you to Pego.
For public transport please ask for more details.
What would you say would be the advantages to living in Pego compared to other Costa Blanca towns?
The town of Pego is self-sufficient with bars, restaurants, supermarkets, fiestas, schools, banks, chemists, community swimming pool, tennis club, sports centre, tourist information Pego.
Can you give us a bit of its history and some interesting things to see and do?
Arciprestal Church of Our Lady of the Assumption (16th century) built in the Renaissance style, built on the ruins of an earlier church, the Chapel of Ecce Homo (18th century) in the Baroque style and designed by the Valencian architect Fray Francisco Cabezas, the Church of the Sagrada Família, the hermitage of San José (19th century), the hermitage of San Miguel (17th century), the Castillo de Ambra (Castle Ambra) thought to originate from the early 13th century and the Parque Natural de la Marjal de Pego-Oliva (Natural Park of the Pego-Oliva Marshes).
Pego celebrates a number of fiestas and festivals throughout the year and these include the Moors and Christians (late June), Porrat de Sant Antoni del Porquet (January), Carnival and the Pinyata (burial of the sardine).
Some typical local dishes include “Crosta” (rice baked in the oven with pork parts), botifarra (blood and onion sausage), chick peas and beaten eggs (baked on top at the end), “arros caldos” (soupy rice with beans, turnips, chicken, and pork) and paella with land snails and rabbit and many other varieties of paella. Tapas such as “pichinettes” (colorful tiny freshly caught clams’ sautéed in EVO with tomato, onion and lemon). “Caragols” land snails sautéed in tomato, tortilla shells with various speciality fillings such as tiny shrimp from the local river.
Thursday is market day in Pego, the square and surrounding streets are full of stalls selling all sorts of things from new leather goods to second hand books. Fresh fruit and vegetables are in abundance, bags of fresh produce for a few euros.
Are there smaller villages nearby that you might also recommend?
An urbanisation that comes under Pego, it has street lights, tarmac roads and most of the villas and other properties have either amazing coastline views or valley and mountain views. Overlooking the Marjal National park which is a nature reserve that cannot be built on means that the views of the coastline will not be taken away. You can find a good bargain on this urbanisation. There are several restaurants, Swiss, snacks and coffee shops, tennis courts and the people are really friendly. With mixed nationalities German, French, English, Spanish, Dutch and many more.
This village lies just a few kilometres away from Pego with its own bars, restaurants, banks, bakers and butchers yet a few minutes’ drive away Pego has the major supermarkets. The village is split into two with Les Bassettes urbanisation just nestled on the mountainside and the town is typically Spanish with tapas bars and restaurants, historical church and very quiet and peaceful in comparison to Pego which is very lively and always something going on.
The town has a variety of property, modern apartments, old town houses and on the outskirts villas. This is a popular place for tourists and there are several B&B’s around to help you get a feel for the town.
Are there golf courses nearby?
Oliva Nova Golf Course has 9 or 18 holes and you can choose which you wish to play, designed by world famous Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros. The course is next to the beach situated on a 5 star complex, there is a driving range, professional coaches for lessons for all abilities.
La Sella Golf Course Pedreguer
The situation of the golf course is at the foot of the Montgo National Park and Mountain; the views are breath-taking from the course with Mediterranean SEA one way and the National park the other.
The course is rated to a high standard with quality certificates and environment standards.
Where is the nearest beach?
Depending on where you buy in Pego will depend on the nearest beach.
If you’re buying in Monte Pego, the nearest beach is Les Marines on the outskirts of Denia, these beaches are about 15-20 minute drive.
If you’re buying in Adsubia, the nearest beaches are Oliva with beautiful white sand and an abundance of things to do such as wind surfing, kite boarding, paddle surfing or just lying on a sun lounger with a cold drink in the hand from one of the summer bars on the beach.
Pego town is in the middle of the two beaches the drive will be about 20-25 minutes.
Vanessa, thank you so much for sharing this information on your experiences in Spain to our readers and for sending over the lovely photos. If you want to contact her, you can find her details below.
Moving to Pego
Expat Yvonne tells us about their move to Pego, Costa Blanca, Spain – including what they have experienced about living in Pego.
We moved to Spain 7 years ago (our seventh anniversary falls next month).
Do we like it?
Well, put it this way – we haven´t been back to the UK in the last 7 years ….. friends and relatives come to us, and never seem to want to go back home!
We live near Pego, which is situated equidistant between Alicante and Valencia.
Our nearest big towns are Denia and Javea.
Pego is a small, market town but has everything we need for day to day living – banks, supermarkets, restaurants, bars, good local shops, a good health centre and an excellent vet.
Because it is small, we find it more than useful to have a reasonable grasp of Spanish – or at least I do; my husband tends to get by with a ready smile, which appears to work perfectly well.
Pego itself is surrounded by numerous small villages, most of which have glorious restaurants selling fabulous, fresh, locally produced food.
We can get a 3 course menu del dia at our local Piscina bar for 8€, including half a bottle of wine, bread and aliolli and coffee.
We have good weather, good neighbours, good food – what else does anybody want?
Here is a video where you can view some of Pego’s most breathtaking places.
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