Means "place of many springs" and refers to the region made up of three villages; Campell (Poble de Baix), Fleix (Poble d’Enmig) and Benimaurell (Poble de Dalt) it also includes the Sanatorio San Antonio de Borja de Fontilles. The area lies within the Marina Alta in the north of the province of Alicante and is 500m above sea level. It sits between two sierras; on one side we have the "Barranco del Infierno" gorge formed by the passing of the river Girona and on the other, like a huge green sleeping horse, is the "Sierra del Cavall Verd and the Sierra del Penyó (800 m)
La Vall de Laguar lies 25kms from Denía (20min by car) and an hour and a half from the airports of Valencia and Alicante.
La Vall de Laguar has a typical Mediterranean climate with mild winters and hot summers, softened by the influence of the sea some 25km away. One can see the coast and on clear days, Ibiza. Although close to the coast, it is a long way from the noise and crowds, closer to nature, peace and quiet.
One of the best walks in the area, the "Barranc del Infern", or Hells Gorge, is the official PR V-147 walk, considered the cathedral of all walks! Beginning between Fleix and Benimaurell it is a closed circuit of some 14Km which takes in 5,946 steps, 3,343 up and 2,603 down, with an accumulated height of 1,690m. It is considered of medium difficulty within the walking world.
The 100 year old leper colony, is noted for it's agreeable setting amidst woods, gardens and fresh springs. The old wall to keep residents separate from the locals can be seen crawling up and down the surrounding hills.
The Vall de Laguar is essentially a small agricultural community dedicated to cultivating almonds, olives, figs, carob, oranges and above all cherrys. The different harvest times enables these products to support the population through out the year. About 1,000 people live in La Vall de Laguar
Pine, holly-oak, poplar and holm-oak grow on the hills alongside aromatic herbs; rosemary, heather, lavender and thyme.
Local wildlife include crows, hawks, owls, partridge, turtledove and wild boar.
Three Nature Park in the Montgó in Denia, the Pego-Oliva Marshlands and the Peñón of Ifach in Calpe http://www.cma.gva.es/cidam/espacios/parques/espnaturales.htm
The Marine Reserve of San Antonio, between Denia and Javea
Prehistoric Caves in Benidoleig (8Km) and the Ebo Valley (10Km) with important Neolithic cave paintings www.cuevasturisticas.com/cueva11.html
Rupestrian paintings in Pla de Petracos, near Castell de Castells (25 Km.)
Moorish castle remains in Orba (4 Km) and The Gallinera Valley (15 Km)
Iberian and Moorish settlements in the Segaria mountain range and the Alcalá valley
The Albufera of Valencia (90 Km) www.albufera.com
Antique and flea markets (Jalón – 7 Km; Pedreguer - 6 Km)
Crafts centres: pottery in Orba (6 Km) and basketwork in Gata de Gorgos (10 Km).
The Safari Park in Vergel (6 Km)
Water sports and beaches only 20Km away you will find some of the best, sandy beaches along the Mediterranean Coast (Denia & Oliva); ideal for swimming, sun-bathing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, water-skiing, snorkelling, boat trips or yacht charter. www.cndenia.es www.marinadedenia.com
Walking routes The proximity of several mountain ranges offers the possibility of walking, hiking or trekking routes, mountaineering, speleology, rappel or canyon descent.
Cycling and Mountain Biking this an ideal location for cyclists. The nearby Coll de Rates (10Km) with its serpentine curves and breathtaking views forms part of Spain’s Vuelta Ciclista (Cycling Tour). From Gandia (30Km), there is a cycling route along the old Gandia-Alcoy narrow gauge railway. (Greenways)
Horse-riding There are several horse-riding stables, which offer excursions or classes. (La Sella, Oliva, Benissa)
Tennis Tennis courts in the next village (3Km)
Bird watching The proximity of the Pego marshlands and the Montgo Nature parks make this area a bird-watcher’s paradise, where many rare species of birds can be seen throughout the year (eagles, heron, egret, little bittern, warblers, larks, blue rock thrush, etc) Some of these species can even be seen from our retreat centre.
Fiestas and Celebrations
All year round, but especially during the summer months, a full agenda of fiestas and local celebrations held in nearby towns, add the festive touch to this region.
January: The Three Kings Parade
February: Carnival in Denia and Pego
March: The famous "Fallas" in Valencia, Gandia and Denia
April: Easter week processions, Cultural week in Benimeli
May: Moors & Christians parade in Alcoy
June: San Juan celebrations in Javea and Alicante; the Cherry festival
July & August: Patron saint fiestas in many different towns and villages and la Vall de Laguar
August: Moors & Christians in Denia & Vergel Fiestas in Benimeli (3rd week)
September: Fiestas in Javea's port
October: Fiesta of the Valencian Community
November: Benimeli Saint Andew's day; popular meal for all the village. Medieval markets in different towns; Cocentaina