Casa Kalouda, Villa near Pego
Getting there could not be easier. There are regular flights from nearly all main airports to Alicante and Valencia. Situated 95 km from both Alicante and Valencia Airports the villa can be reached in just over an hour from either airport using the Auto Via (AP7). Murcia airport is an extra 45 minutes drive away.
We choose Monte Pego because it is removed from overrun costal areas and yet it is only a 15 minute drive to the beach - away from the madding crowd but within a few minutes drive of all the action. The beach is 15 miles long and the part we like is near Oliva Nova Golf Course. Here it is quiet with plenty of space. The villa was built for us and we took possession in Spring 2003. The more we have used it the more we like the peace and quiet and the area in general.
The furniture, fittings and equipment are to a very high standard. Whilst we like to rent to villa out (to help pay the mortgage!) we only rent it out for the summer months. You will see from our calendar that the winter months are not available for renting. We believe the villa would take most abuse during this time as people would be living inside much more than during the summer. We like to keep the villa in good shape and clean and tidy at all times.
The views are stunning and in particular the evening sunset. Below in the valley are the orange groves and paddy fields - yes, rice! In the distance, on one side you have the mountains, and on the other you are looking out over the sea.
The patio area gets the sun all day long, and there is a covered “veranda” with table and seating for 6, which provides shelter from the sun when it becomes too intense. Later in the day to sit out in the evening, with the sun setting over the mountains and a glass of wine nearby is so perfect! The villa, pool and surrounds are completely private and the only noise you regularly hear is that of crickets!
There is a fabulous local beach about 15 minutes away which is 18km long and never crowded. It is a children's paradise, indeed it is paradise and has always maintained its blue flag status. There is a multitude of beach sports and activities, and the facilities are excellent. The Red Cross Life Guards, are on duty during the high season. Every water activity you can think of from paragliding to scuba diving to surfing is located locally.
FIESTAS are frequent in towns in the area and you would be unlucky not to have one nearby during your stay. The Easter Passion ceremonies in Pego are not to be missed. Also of great interest are the Moors and Christian, Festivities, which often last a day or two in each local town in July and August. This festivity rotates among the towns so that for the entire summer there is a fiesta somewhere. The running of the bulls into the sea in Denia also takes place in summer.
The FISH MARKETS in Xabia, and Denia are worth visiting, you will get fresh fish, just landed- grill it, or barbeque it outside and consume “con un copa vino blanco seco o dos”
Within the urbanisation is a commercial centre with , two EXCELLENT restaurants, two bars, inter-net café, tennis courts, and a children’s play area. The two restaurants serve mouth- watering food and are highly recommended. In July and August a barbecue is held each Friday, in the Resturante Monte Pego, booking is recommended, as is attendance, AT LEAST ONCE.
El Verger, Ondara, and Pego (founded in 1488) are close by, small enough to be intimate, but large enough to have all facilities you might need, video rentals, tapas bars, restaurants, taxi services, laundrettes, excellent hair- dressers, patisseries, and good supermarkets, golf shop in Ondara, there are two good bodegas in Ondara - even fishing rods and tackle can be bought locally.
There are authentic Spanish villages particularly Pego which has a beautiful square, shaded by trees where the older gather to exchange their news and gossip, and the young strut their stuff for the pleasure of potential suitors. In Pego there are lovely water features and a magnificent church.
Denia (called after the Roman Goddess Diana (12/20 minutes away) is a bustling town with a regular population of 41,000 people, which swells to 120,000 in summer. It is a sea- side resort with a fishing port, night- life, historic sites and all the attractions that a Mediterranean town has to offer. Denia was founded, by the Romans and re built as a strong trading port by the Moors. Indeed it was one of the Moors last strongholds in Spain. It’s trading history and fortifications are quite impressive. From Denia one can go on day trips to the Balearic Islands, jet skiing, deep- sea fishing, glass-bottomed boats and the like. The town has its old quarter, (for the more retiring) to its disco scene (generally well behaved). Balmy summer nights, beautiful pier walks, fine tree lined avenues, first- rate bars and restaurants, to suit all types.
Many authentic attractive villages are within easy reach, and getting off the tourist track is comparatively easy.
Near and in these villages are many beautiful restaurants, which can dish up a delightful gastronomic experience at a very reasonable price. The Gastronomy of the area is renowned, fresh seafood and fish being a great treat. Steaks are also recommended, as is lamb. One restaurant in Ondara is famous locally for its steaks and tapas (booking is usually necessary). The on site Café Residential Swiss is 100 meters away and is a must do experience. The children and indeed the adults will love being spoilt in a setting, with panoramic views over the local countryside and Mediterranean, book early and get an outside table it is well worth the effort. A Swiss Rosti is a treat everyone deserves now and again.
Local markets are held in El Verger, Pego, Olivia and other nearby towns on a weekly basis.
Much is written about the superb climate of the Costa Blanca. Generally speaking, the summers are slightly cooler and less humid than the Costa Del Sol, with the winters dryer, less windy and sunnier. Besides having a glorious year-round climate, wonderful light, and brilliantly clear sky at night, this area is described by the World Health Organization as having "one of the most environmentally perfect climates in the world."
There is a narrow gauge railway from Denia to Alicante, which in a travel review was rated as the best journey in Europe to take.
You will find a very comprehensive folder, inside the drinks cabinet, of the things to do and see in the area. There are so many it would be impossible to list them here, however the following is a taste:
• Superb beaches for swimming and water sports, or for relaxing and just sun bathing
• Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
• Fishing - both sea and coarse
• Sailing and Motor Boat Hire
. Paddle Boats and Canoes
• Canoeing/Kayaking facilities care available in Denia, Xabia, Calpe, and Moraira
• Hiking (beautiful secluded mountain tracks)
• Biking (cycling is a local pastime)
• Golf (3 championship courses within 15km)
• Safari Park- El Vergel. A great attraction for children of all ages and within 5 minutes of the villa
• Terra Mitica and Aqualandia Theme Parks (40 minutes away)
• Bull Fighting in Ondara (your choice)
• Museums- I recommend going to Guadalest some 45 minutes away
• Local caves with stalagmites and stalactites in Benidoleig.
• Boat trips to see dolphins. The trips leave from the harbour in Denia and go a few times a day.
• Quad biking
• Cliff climbing
• Skiing is also available two hours north by car in Valdelinares and Javalambre
• Valencia is well worth a day out especially the Science/Water World Park and shopping
Shopping and Eating
There are 3 restaurants/bars in Monte Pego. When you leave Monte Pego there are restaurants and bars in every town or hamlet - so many that you could not start to list them here!
Denia is about 10 miles away and is an attractive castle town and has a wealth of good quality shops, bars and restaurants offering a wide range of international and Spanish cuisine. There are regular local fiestas when the town bursts into a riot of music, fireworks and spectacular street parades. There's the busy seafront, with its many bars and nightlife, and the bustling fishing and ferry port, where you can catch a boat to any of the Balearic Islands.
Wireless internet is included but......
Fair Usage Policy applies. We do not take any responsibility for setting it up - this is entirely up to you. However we do provide a 20 metre cable so that you can 'plug & play'. The service cannot be guaranteed as it can be a bit flaky especially after a storm. We do not provide any guarantees regarding upload or down load speeds.
Whilst there is satellite TV and Sky box we do not pay any monthly subscription for the service. However having said that we get all the normal UK Channels - BBC 1 & 2, Chanel 4 etc.
You will definitely need a car!
We provide towels and linen except pool/beach towels - please bring your own.
There is a weekly linen change and the pool cleaner comes twice weekly during the summer months.