Orba

Luxury villa sleeping upto six people on the edge of Orba village. Well equipped not a basic holiday villa, with Wi-Fi, air conditioning, private pool, ample garden furniture, shady areas and gas BBQ.

Casa Alegria - Orba

Alicante - Costa Blanca, Spain

Details of Orba

 

Orba is a small typically Spanish village with something over 2,100 inhabitants. Although the home of many ex-pat Britons, Germans, Scandinavians and French, it still retains its local Spanish culture with many Fiestas during the year, featuring a wide variety of different events, including dancing in the streets, firework displays, marching bands, religious celebrations, parades and bull running through the streets.

 

Orba is situated 18km inland from the popular coastal resorts of Javea, Denia and Calpe, slightly over 1 hour’s drive from the airports of either Alicante or Valencia via the AP-7 motorway.

 

The valley of Orba, from which the village takes its name, has a mild climate, excellent water and is surrounded by orange groves, lemon trees, almonds and of course, olives.

 

Orba has banks with cash machines, a pharmacy, a 24 hr medical centre, dental surgery and opticians.

A very small market is held in the village every Wednesday, selling fruit and vegetables, clothes and souvenirs.

 

There is also a public swimming pool (as with all the local surrounding villages), tennis court, basketball and football pitches. This complex also has a restaurant, and is virtually on the doorstep of Casa Alegria.

 

Pelota (the fastest ballgame in the world), is played either on the indoor or outdoor courts at the sports complex. The local village teams play other village teams in the area, you can also watch them in a variety of village streets around the Orba valley.

 

Shops

 

Orba has just about all you need for day to day shopping, with a Mas y Mas supermarket, grocery shops selling a range of English goods, butcher shop, fishmongers, bakeries, electrical store, large ‘DIY’ store, garages, petrol station, and numerous other shops, which satisfy just about every need. English newspapers, magazines and local papers in English are readily available.

 

The shops are generally open from 0900 to 1330 and then again from 1630 to 2000 each weekday. They usually close after lunch on Saturdays and do not open again until Monday.

 

Larger supermarkets such as Mercadona, Eroski, Mas y Mas, Lidl and Aldi can be found in the surrounding towns. Iceland in Benissa or Javea stock over 1500 lines from UK Iceland and Waitrose stores. These main supermarkets stay open all day , i.e. they don't close over the lunchtime period. Also, during the summer, some supermarkets are open on Sunday mornings.

 

There is also an excellent shopping centre next to the motorway (AP-7) junction in Ondara, 10 km’s (6 miles), from the villa. This shopping centre has 100+ shops, restaurants, bars, multi-screen cinema, an Eroski Hypermarket, and even a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlour, there is plenty of above-ground and under-ground parking available.

 

Market Days

 

If you like to wander around markets there is one to be found every day of the week in the surrounding towns and villages, differing in sizes from basic fruit, vegetables and bric-a-brac (like Orba) to large scale markets which take over the streets, selling just about every type of product.

The large “tourist” markets of Alicante and Benidorm are absolutely massive – if you want to have a look round, be careful of pickpockets here as there are lots of stories about people getting their bags, wallets etc. stolen at these places.

 

Good size markets selling a whole range of goods are to be found in Javea, Denia, Calpe, Pego, Oliva and Altea – all within easy reach of Casa Alegria. We have found these to be much more interesting and better value as they are more for locals and ex-pats.

 

On Saturdays in Jalon, there is also the famous “rastro” or flea market, which is one of the biggest in the Costa Blanca.

 

Orba has a small famers market on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

 

The timetable of market days is:-

 

  • Saturday - Calpe, Pedreguer, Ondara, Benissa, Jalon (Rastro)
  • Sunday - Teulada
  • Monday - Parcent, Denia
  • Tuesday - Alicante, Altea, Jalon
  • Wednesday - Orba, Benidorm, Ondara, Benitachell
  • Thursday - Javea, Pego, Gandia, Alicante
  • Friday - Denia, Moraira, Gata, Oliva

 

Weather

 

The climate of the Costa Blanca is considered to be one of the most healthy in the world by the World Health Organisation. The weather is almost perfect for holidays. Daily temperatures are in the upper 30C's (90F's) in July and August with 11 hours sunshine. Even in midwinter 20C (68F) is commonplace with an average of 6 hours of sun. Humidity is usually low. The driest months are Jun, Jul, Aug. The wettest (on average 4in/100mm or above) are Nov, Dec, May with Apr, Sep, Oct close by. Almost any month can be exceptionally dry. Rain usually comes for a week or ten days in October/November and for short periods through the winter until May. As Orba is surrounded by mountains it can on occasions attract clouds. In this case try a trip to the coast where it can be clearer.

Orba weatherAll figures display the average, and NOT the maximum that can be expected
 JanFeb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg Max Day Temperature (°C) 16 16 18 20 23 26 29 30 28 23 19 16
Avg Min Night Temperature (°C) 6 7 8 10 13 17 20 20 18 14 10 7
Hours of Sunshine6 6 7 8 9 10 11 9 8 7 6 5
Hours of Daylight10 11 12 13 14 15 15 14 12 11 10 10
UV Index (Maximum) 2 3 5 6 8 9 9 8 6 4 3 2
Avg Sea Temperature at Javea (°C)15 14 14 15 18 21 24 26 24 21 18 16