Montforte del Cid
Lying in the fertile wine growing region of the Alicante Province, the picturesque rural village of Montforte del Cid takes full advantage of the wide open spaces, and the immaculate streets and alleyways are a pleasure to explore with some of its wonderful buildings dating back to the 16th century. The small Archaeological Museum Ibero MARQ is a great place to get a feel for the history of the village with some fine examples of the region's ancient artefacts.
Less than 30 minutes drive inland from Alicante City and many of the popular beach resorts of the area, Montforte del Cid is a lovely village to visit on a day trip or to twin with a visit to the famous city of Elche, home to the largest palm groves in Europe as well as the largest footwear industry in Spain. Indeed, with its close proximity to Alicante International Airport and good road links to the coastal and inland areas, the village is the perfect base from which to explore the attractions of the surrounding countryside and mountains.
As is the case with many of Spain's inland villages, life is slow paced and gentle where the main leisure activity seems to be enjoying a game of cards or checkers in the roadside cafes and traditional tapas bars lining the Plaza San Pascual. There is a selection of shops, banks, small supermarkets, bars and restaurants as well as the small Hospital De San Juan Alicante.
The highlight of Montforte del Cid is the delightful hilltop church and cave of Cueva de San Pascal. Built on the remains of a medieval castle, the church is Gothic in origin and dates back to 1510. The historic centre of the village boasts further historic buildings and monuments, and for further ideas of what to see there is a small Tourist Office open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 – 14:00 and Saturday from 10:00 – 12:00.
Nature enthusiasts, hikers and rock climbers can explore the interesting array of flora & fauna, superb nature trails, wilderness, valleys, gorges and cliffs of the Serra del Maigmó and Serra del Sit mountain ranges that are located slightly further inland. On the outskirts of the village is the Club de Golf Alenda that boasts a challenging 18 hole course, driving range and smart clubhouse with gymnasium, padel court, pro shop, kids club, bar and restaurant.