Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Finca Feliz is approximately 80 to100 years old, with exposed original beams making the whole apartment extremely homely. All windows and doors have mosquito netting and security bars, more for decoration than anything else. The kitchen/dining area is open plan, so that when you are preparing food, you are not isolated from your family and friends and can keep an eye on the children. There are extensive CD and book libraries which are available from the owners who live on-site. This also allows for immediate response to any problems which may arise during your stay.
A holiday at Finca Feliz is relaxing, approximately 4 kms away from the hustle and bustle of busy, historic Altea and the night life of Benidorm is about half an hour away. It makes a very good base for exploring the local towns and villages and the fantastic sandy beaches of Calpe and Benidorm. The town golf course of Don Cayo, is also only a few minutes drive away, but there are many other golf courses, easily accessible.
The old town of Altea La Vella, is approximately 2-3 kms, very pleasant walk through the country lanes and after the heat of the day, offers an ice cold glass of beer or refreshing coffee at one of just a few local street cafés. From the terrace, the panoramic view of the valley to the sea, plus the surrounding mountain ranges, are fantastic just the place to relax with a glass of wine or cup of tea and watch the sun go down to the west.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Altea/Cap Negret 2 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Alicante 50 km, Nearest railway: Cap Negret 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property, Sea view|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment was updated and refurbished in the spring of 2011, with new lounge and terrace funiture. The kitchen has a full complement of equipment and the air conditioning and central heating unit is available should you wish to use it. In both bedrooms, there are electric radiators, normally on timers, for background heat in the cooler months and in the summer, both bedrooms have central fans above each bed.
Nothing beats breakfast cooked in the open on the terrace BBQ, the smell of bacon and sausages and fresh coffee will rouse the laziest person from their bed! It is very easy to use and bottled gas is supplied for this purpose.
The hot water and hob are also powered by gas and the fan oven by electric. The bathroom has the usual facilities, bath with shower attachment, hand basin and toilet with house towels supplied for each person, and swimming towels provided for use outside and by the pool. Bedding is supplied, sheets and pillow cases, and duvets for during the colder spells.
|Further details outdoors|
The terrace furniture was bought new in the Spring of 2011. The dining table seats six persons with a matching two seater sofa, two arm chairs and glass topped coffee table. There are also 4 sun loungers with cushions and two "umbrella" parasols. The house faces south east and has the sun from rising to setting, the pool´s average temperature during the summer is around 30º.
The garden has lots of mature trees, eucalyptus, pine, carob, mimosa, oleander and a few baby fruit trees as well, orange, pear, lemon, mandarin, fig, pomegranite, lime, grapefruit, and more established olive, almond and nispero, which is like a medlar. There are also some giant cactus and aloes, yukkas and some I dont know the name of, all very interesting to look at. Of course, the trees attract the many varieties of birds and insects and owls sometime appear as the sun goes down as do little harmless bats and hummingbird hawk moths which flutter around the bourgainvillea.
The owners are on hand to help you in any way, offering their 27+ years of local knowledge, where to go, what to see, where to shop, where to eat, even offering their culinary knowledge of local dishes and how to cook them. Should you have a late flight, the owner will happily buy your requirements from the supermarket, so that at least you can have a hot/cold snack and first breakfast without having to dash out to buy supplies as soon as you arrive. Each town has it´s own local market and many of the larger supermarkets sell many northern European food products.
The Costa Blanca/Valencia region
Costa Blanca, Jewel of the Mediterrean, named by the first sea travellers as the "White Coast" due to the many almond blossom trees in flower in early spring, their white fallen petals covering the ground like a blanket of snow.
Over the years, this area has become an ideal place for vacationing families, many of whom, return year after year. The temperature, beaches, accomodation, entertainment, places of interest, shopping, sailing, watersports, fishing, sports, horse riding, cycling, walking, cinemas, pubs, clubs and fiestas plus the Spanish people themselves, all make for the holiday of your choice to be a fantastic experience and an unforgettable memory.
A day trip to Valencia, by car, coach or train, with a visit to the City of Arts and Science, the IMAC cinema or just the shopping and/or restaurants is exciting and a "must" for new vistors.
Alicante has some beautiful old buildings and suprise little shady "plazas" to rest and recuperate, with small bars offering local "tapas" and wine straight from the barrel. Visit the old streets of "Las Ramblas" set beneath the walls of Santa Barbara castle, originally built by the Moors in the tenth centuary and re-named on 4/12/1248, Santa Barbara´s saints day, from the conquest of King Alfonse the Wise. If history is not your thing, stroll along the prom, or visit the marina, there is always some activity on the streets of Alicante or just sit on the sandy beach, taking in the sun.
Especially for children, what ever their ages, there are two local Aquaparks in Benidorm, AquaNatura and Aqualandia, both offer a good days outing with many different water activities. Mundomar and Terra Natura again in Benidorm, and the Safari Parks of Vergel and Aitana, a bit further afield, offer an exciting day of discovery with hundreds of animals, both large and small with which to see and interact. Take a picnic and a day out to visit the Fonts D´Algar, a waterfall and plunge pool, or the ancient mountain top town of Guadalest and the drinking water fountains of Polop de la Marina, you wont be disppointed. All are withing an easy days drive.
There has always been a bit of conflict between Altea and Altea La Vella, as to who supplied “vittles and fresh drinking water” to the pirates who attacked and over-ran Altea during the early 17th centuary. Which ever village it was had no choice in the matter. Under Greek and Roman occupation, Altea rose to be an important and strategic trading port but the continuing ravages and attacks by pirates, decimated the population and Altea never rose to the same prominance again.
In the 21st centuary, Altea has kept it´s “gentle” outline with fiestas and activities throughout the year. During the summer, the “old town”, topped by the beautiful church of Nuestra Señora del Consuelo, holds an artisan fair in the church square. The narrow, twisty streets offering outlets for the many artists, potters, leather workers, carpenters, and jewelry makers, who make their homes there. In the side streets which radiate from the square are many different types of restaurants and bars, offering tradicional as well as international cuisine. Not to be missed!
On the second Saturday in August is the magnificent firework display set on the sea in front of Villa Gadea, La Olla and the third week of September sees the fiesta of the Moors and Christians in honour of Cristo de Sagrario and San Blai. Their friendly rivalry and battles amidst the loud noise of gunshot and cannon fire, to gain possession of Altea, takes place over a few days. The main street of Altea is closed to traffic and the peñas process to the sound of grave and grand music ending in the sports plaza close to a fun fair. The costumes are magnificent and the day ends with a live music concert and of course, more fireworks!
There are so many activities throughout the year, find out what is “on” when you arrive.