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WELCOME TO ALCALALÍ

09 marzo 2020

INTRODUCTION TO THE VILLAGE

History

The village of Alcalalí is located in the interior of the Marina Alta region, nestled in an area called the Vall de Pop, through which the Gorgos River flows. The village is located between the mountains Seguili, Carrascal, Coll de Rates and Beniquasi, forming a natural landscape of extraordinary beauty.

The origins of human life in the municipality of Alcalalí date back to prehistoric times, as revealed by the discovery of cave paintings. The Moors subsequently inhabited the area for centuries.

In 1245 the town was conquered by the troops of Jaume I and he gave the Town to Princess Berenguela in 1268. In 1409 it became independent and in 1577 it became a parish in its own right, separate from Xaló. After the Decree of Felipe III agreeing the expulsion of the Moors in 1609, Alcalali became depopulated. However, in 1610, the "Pobla Carta" was granted, thus giving legitimacy to the village of Alcalalí. The town was repopulated with the arrival of people from Mallorca and Catalonia. Finally, in 1616, the barony of Alcalalí was created in favor of Ximen Pérez Rois de Liori and Petursa.

Environment

Alcalalí has ​​important resources of an architectural, historical, cultural, ethnological, gastronomic nature, etc. In addition to having an extra-ordinary territory and landscape, Alcalalí has ​​an exceptional meteorology that makes it an ideal place, during any time of the year, to practice outdoor sports such as hiking, cycling, etc.

Our village has always been characterized by having a strong agricultural character. For centuries agriculture has been at the centre of our economy and has contributed to landscape conservation. This agriculture essentially centered on almonds, grapes, olives and oranges. More recently, it has been the service sector – hospitality, catering, tourism etc. which has also formed a part of our economy.

Municipal Administration

Within the municipal administration of Alcalali is the village of La Llosa de Camacho. This small village is five kilometers from Alcalalí and has about one hundred and fifty inhabitants.

INFORMATION:

Population: 1298 inhabitants

Surface: 14.4 square km

Altitude town center: 240 m

Maximum altitude: Penya del Coll de Rates 780 m

TOWN HALL

The Town Hall ( Ayuntamiento) is situated at Calle Mayor, 10, the Main Street in Alcalalí. Opening hours are 9 till 14 h from Monday to Friday. And the telephone number is 966482024

The Town Hall has a webpage www.alcalali.es

The Mayor of Alcalalí ( la Alcaldesa) is Maribel Molina Vicens and there are 8 more councillors, one of whom, Joan Elies Andres Serer, has responsibility for expat residents.

As a newcomer to the village, it is very important that you register on the Padrón. Funds are devolved from the Valencian government to the individual towns and villages, based on the number of people registered on the Padrón.

Additionally, if you wish to be able to vote in local elections, you must register for this with the Town Hall too. Being on the Padrón does not automatically entitle you to be on the voting list, when elections come along.

How to get on the Padrón

You will need to provide the following information to the Town Hall:

a) Name and surname.

b) Sex.

c) Habitual address.

d) Nationality.

e) Place and date of birth.

f) Number of national identity document (NIE)

g) Details of academic achievement

h) Telephone number.

I) Documents:

Owners : Title of property - escritura nota simple

Tenants : Rental Contract and utility bill or last receipt of payment

The Town Hall may ask for other documents, to fulfill the necessary checks (eg supplies of Electricity, water, etc.).

To register on the Voting List, you must advise the Town Hall of your wishes, and will be asked to complete another form.

Planning

If you wish to undertake building work on your property, you will need to make an appointment to meet with the Architect or the Technical Department at the Town Hall, to establish whether such work can be undertaken, and if so, to apply for licences for the work.

SERVICES

  • Medical Centre

On Calle Porche, núm 15.

To use the services of the Medical Centre , you will need to have a SIP card, and to make an appointment in advance. Appointments can be made online by using the app GVA Salut, or by phoning 965739070. A translator will be necessary if you don’t speak Castellano or Valenciano.

  • Post Office

Found in Plaza del Ayuntamiento, open from 1.15-1.45 Monday to Friday

  • Rubbish Disposal

In various locations around the village are groups of bins, almost all underground, for disposal of rubbish, according to type. There are separate bins for paper & cardboard, glass, recycling and “other” ( ie that which does not fit anywhere else! )

Additionally there are brown bins for disposal of organic material – to use these bins you will need a key, which can be obtained from the Town Hall.

  • Ecopark

Situated on the way to Mosquera is an Ecopark for disposal of larger quantities of rubbish. Opening hours are Monday and Thursday 11-2, and Tuesday & Wednesday 3-7 ( winter) or 4-8( summer).

Any problems relating to rubbish disposal are the responsibility of Gustau Vicens I Monserrat, councillor for Agriculture and Environment, Maintenance & Cleansing.

  • Library

There is a superbly equipped library at Calle Sequeret, 2, open Monday, tuesday and thursday, from 15:00 p.m. to 20:00 p.m.

Currently there is a limited range of books in languages other than Valenciano and Castellano, therefore any donations of books in good condition will be appreciated. There is no charge for using the library service.

  • Sports Centre

There is a well equipped Sports area, gym and Municipal Swimming Pool on calle los Naranjos. The pool is open during July and August. There are also barbecue areas in this vicinity.

  • School

On Carrer Escoles S/N the village school (Cra Terra de Riuraus) caters for children of all nationalities from the age of 3 to 12. Classes are held in Valenciano, Castellano and english. For further information you can call the school at 965739010

  • Parks

There are three parks in the village – Parc del Pou i Parc de la Creu.

  • Expat Services

There is a monthly “surgery” held in the Town Hall for people wishing to discuss any issues or problems with the Expat Services team. This is held on the first Thursday of each month from 4pm to 5.30 pm. Every third month this is replaced by an open meeting held in the Multiusos building at 7pm.

MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS

As well as the Town Hall, there is Centro Civico and the Multiusos Building. Many classes are held in these buildings eg Spanish, Yoga, Keep fit etc. If you wish to know more about what is available and where, please ask at the Town Hall,

Within the Multiusos Building is the office for supply of drinking water to the village. This office is open every Tuesday from 9 – 2pm.

In Centro Civico, there is also the Casa de Animo, run by the local charity Jalon Valley Help (JVH). On Tuesday mornings they have open house from 10- 1pm where coffee is served and you can find out more about the charity and its services and events. JVH also has a large store of medical equipment available for loan.

VILLAGE FIESTAS

In Alcalalí, two fiestas have traditionally been celebrated each year. The first one is celebrated in honor of Sant Joanet de Mosquera and the Blessed Christ of Health, on June 24 and 25, respectively.

The June festivities are essentially religious but also include lots of participative enjoyable events for people of all ages and nationalities.

The fiesta of Sant Miquel is celebrated the last weekend of August.

Alcalali now has a third, non religious fiesta every February. FESLALI is a celebration around almonds, bringing in many people from far and wide at a time when the whole valley is a mass of pink and white almond blossom.

La Llosa de Camacho celebrates its fiesta the first or second week of August in honor of the Virgin of the Forsaken, Sant Antoni and Sant Roc.

OTHER USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS

  • Emergencies 112
  • JVH Equipment 634357199