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The beautiful and thriving town of Pinoso or El Pinòs is a traditional Spanish town located in the mountainous countryside of the Alicante/Murcia region boarder (approximately 60 km from both the cities of Alicante & Murcia) and approximately 60 minutes inland from the white beaches of Costa Blanca.
This traditional town is renowned for the production of fine wines, rock salt and marble. The Province of Alicante produces 25% of Spain’s marble, of this 97% is from Monte Coto in Pinoso. Pinoso has a population of 7,300 and a municipal area of 126 km2. Recently it has experienced a growth in tourism and new expat residents moving into the province.
The history of Pinoso begins in the period of the Iberians and later settled by the Romans. During the Arab occupation of Spain the Moors settled in the area, after the re-conquest Pinoso was annexed by Aragon and joined with the town of Monovar, from which it gained its independence in 1826. Pinoso celebrates its independence on the 12th of February with the ´Dia del Villazgo` - Village Pride Day - a Craft & Food Fair and has received the Patronato Costa Blanca award for Tourist Merit.
Perhaps the best festival is celebrated in August, a week not to be missed including a ´Grand Possession´.
October brings ´The Procession of the Palms´ a lovely festival featuring marching bands.
On the 5th January there is an evening procession celebrating the Three Kings.
These are just some of the fiestas that happen throughout the calendar year in Pinoso and always happen in a family atmosphere with the whole town mobilized participating in the preparation and development.
Pinoso or El Pinòs is named after the pine trees that cover the area’s mountain ranges. The town of Pinoso, which has the feel of a village, provides a rural Spanish lifestyle with no traffic lights and hardly any traffic with the tractors taking the grapes to the Bodega causing the only jams. The fields are planted with vines, almonds and olives. In February the fields are filled with pink almond blossom, this is followed by an abundant display of wild flowers.
The local vineyards grow the Monastrell grape and produce highly-rated red wines. The area also produces rose, white and Fondillon dessert wines and is part of the “Denominacion de Origen” wine area of Alicante.
Pinoso’s clock tower has become the symbol for the town and was built in 1889. The clock mechanism came from Madrid and needs winding every 24 hours, the tower’s bell chimes on the quarter hour as well as on the hour. Other interesting places to visit include the parish church of St Peter the apostle erected 1743, the Hermitage of St Catherine, and the Fatima shrine.
The town has many bars, restaurants (El Raco de Pere i Pepa is in the Michelin Guide for 2016) and shops, both primary (2) and secondary (1) schools, excellent sports centre, pharmacies (4), 24 hr medical centre. But if you are looking for a quiet retreat in an area of extreme natural beauty that offers profound peace and tranquillity and is the perfect place to explore the surrounding area – look no further.
The nearby major towns of Elda, Elche, Jumilla and Yecla are famous for the manufacture of wine and leather goods including furniture and shoes. Pinoso is approx 35 km from the Roman spa town of Fortuna, where there are steam rooms and water therapy services, swimming pools, hot springs and massage facilities.
The numerous smaller towns of the area offer varied charm and character. The area produces many excellent wines with many Bodegas to visit where you can taste the varieties.
There are miles of tracks to cycle and walk in the hills & mountains for the adventurous and easier tracks through the gently rolling fields. There are so many flowers, plants, herbs, varieties of birds; throw in the landscape, it is a naturalist, photographer and artist’s dream.
With so much to offer, the area is a must for those seeking the true Mediterranean lifestyle.