The small town of Aspe, known for growing a specific variety of grapes, lies in the interior of the Costa Blanca about 25 kilometres from the city of Alicante. Predominantly a traditional Spanish town, Aspe does have a small enclave of British expats and a scattering of Russian and Dutch who make the most of the quiet laid back lifestyle the town enjoys.
The town's favourable location gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy the healthy outdoor pursuits of the surrounding countryside yet has good access to the abundance of attractions, beaches and great nightlife of Alicante, Torrevieja and Benidorm. The majority of foreign visitors to the area arrive at the nearby Alicante International Airport although the Costa Blanca boasts a further smaller Airport in Murcia, around a 45 minute drive from Aspe.
Aspe offers a good range of services including supermarkets, a selection of shops, an indoor market featuring the fresh produce of the region and a choice of cafes, bars and restaurants. Delicious flaky pastries and cakes can be sampled at Pasteleria Tallón and a good variety of drinks, coffee and light bites are offered at La Casita Gastrobar Café. For a taste of the superb local cuisine there is Restaurante Aspense and Restaurante Alfonso Mira and for fine dining and international dishes, the delightful Restaurante Roca is a must.
The old town is pleasant to explore with many of its streets pedestrianised and quaint parks and plazas to relax in. Places of interest include the impressive Basilica de Nuestra Senora del Socorro with its intricate bell tower, and the Casa del Cisco de Aspe. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round or two at the nearby Font del Llop Golf Resort, and there are nature trails throughout the surrounding countryside. Further hiking trails and picturesque scenery can be found along the shores of the Pantá d'Elx Lake which is also a lovely place for a picnic.