Benijofar - Alicante
Benijofar is a typical Spanish village in Alicante, located in the Vega Baja Valley, Costa Blanca South, Spain. There are many local towns & villages surrounding this area, so it’s impossible to be short of amenities such as bars, restaurants, shops, supermarkets & more all within walking distance.
If you are holidaying in Benijofar, the beaches of Guardamar, La Marina and Torrevieja are within easy driving distance, the water park in Ciudad Quesada is also close by, historic Rojales is near too, golfers can make the most of the La Marquesa golf course (Rojales/Ciudad Quesada), and the La Finca golf course with 5 star hotel & spa, at Algorfa. All within 30 minutes of both Alicante and San Javier airports
The origin of the name Benijofar is Arabic, with a mix of Moor and Christian, very usual in theMurcia and Valencia regions - Bani (pronounced in Arabic asBeni) meaning son and Jofar from the Castellano word alijofar meaning pearl. Throughout the 18th Century Benijofar became established as an agricultural community and grew in wealth and prosperity. The agricultural prosperity stems from the villages location in the famous Vega Baja valley and also its proximity to the River Segura for irrigation.
These days Benijofar has a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants (some English and Dutch). Places of interest include the parish church of Saint James, and the cave dwellings just outside the village in Rojales housing art displays by local artists.
The Spanish are well known for their local town Fiestas, and Benijofar is no exception known as the Saint Jaime Fiesta (celebrating St James), which is held over a 7 to 10 day period in July, and as with all Spanish villages, Benijofar included, there are lots of other fiestas held throughout the year including Santa Semana (Easter) and Three Kings in January.
The main event of the Benijofar fiesta has to be the parade, that goes right through the village center, past the square and church The fiestas are also well known for their lively nightlife including ‘Barracas’ which are outdoor music venues which often go on until 6 or 7 O’clock in the morning. Prepare for a few late nights dancing in the streets of Benijofar.
If you are looking for a cosmopolitan mix of nationalities while maintaining its traditional Spanish roots then Benijofar, surrounded by Lemon and Orange Groves has to be one of those rare places.
Of course not forgetting that Benijofar is also the location of Vincent Real Estates head office.