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All About the Village of POLOP

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All About the Village of POLOP

The village of Polop is located inland in the Costa Blanca North in an area known as the Marina Baja (Baxia). The local economy is based mainly on agriculture, almond, citrus fruits and olive trees are among the major crops  so much of the surrounding countryside is covered in polythene to act as giant greenhouses.

The village is a delight to explore and perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll. The hill, where the old castle used to be is encircled by a medieval wall, and is a ‘must’ to walk up. Follow the zig zag path and you’ll be well rewarded with some fabulous views. On a clear day you can see right to Albir and Altea on the coast and inland to Callosa and the Sierra Bernia. You’ll be able to make out the Leon Dormido – the sleeping lion mountain which sits behind Polop.

Take a wander round the narrow streets of the town centre, if you visit on a Wednesday there is a small street market in the morning.

Also worth visiting is  the museum of Gabriel Miro who was a famous writer and poet who lived in Polop in the early 1900’s.  His house has been turned into a fantastic museum and entry is free.

The main town square is famous for its natural “Fonts” and has over 200 individual outlets that draw people from far and wide for its waters.

Costa Magic museum which houses the works of Antonio Marco, who has created scenes of the Valencian community in miniature.  You can see the Cathedral of Valencia , the mirador of Benidorm to name just 2 of the fantastic scenes he has created in miniature.  Antonio Marco is famous for creating the Belen and dolls house museum in Guadalest and the works that he has displayed in the Costa Magic museum are totally different and dedicated to the Valencian community, architecture, agriculture and transportation and it is definitely worth a visit.  Usual cost to enter the museum is around 6€

HISTORY

The history of Polop dates back to the Iberian culture. The castle present at top of the hill of this city established it as a strong military enclave in the history. The castle of Polop was ruled by Sheikh Abderrahman Alastami Mahomet during 1928. It was then occupied by El Cid in 1090. From then till date, Polop was conquered many times by various emperors such as Arabs Polop, Alazrach, Abenhafar Hamez and so on. The history of Polop is quite long and witnessed numerous battles.

The town is accessible via AP-7 or N-332 from Alicante by taking CV-70 route

Llorente Bus numbers 16 & 18

 

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