22 April 2014
Polop is a small but vibrant village located on a hill, surrounding its castle, in the northeast of the province of Alicante on Spain’s Costa Blanca. The territory of this barony, located in the Marina district, extends from the Guadalest and Algar rivers to the Villajoyosa, and includes the beaches of Benidorm.
Polop’s origins date back to the culture Iberian, as evidenced by the remains found in the territory. Throughout its history, Polop was highlighted by the strategic position as a military enclave through the castle crowning the hill.
Today, Polop occupies the central area of the Marina Baja, and due to its close proximity to Benidorm, Altea and Alicante, it is perfect for those who want to experience a more genuine Spain sheltered for most of the tourism whilst enjoying the excellent infrastructure and the short distance to the beach and city.
Polop’s fertile lands were cultivated during centuries by the Arabs, who canalized the water and organized the irrigation system to increase the productivity of the harvests. The irrigation system of Polop currently remains in use. Due to the pureness of the water, Polop’s recognition grew along with its population and economy.
The Garrofer and Terrer fountains have been well known since ancient days and even today these fountains are visited by many who refill their containers with the water that runs from the 221 pipes of the Fuente de los Chorros, situated in the Plaza de los Chorros.
Polop is also famous for the ruins of the medieval castle which was built in the early twelfth century, St. Peter's Church and Shrine of Divine Aurora, built in 1723, and mount Ponoig which is 1.181 meters, and one of the highest peaks in the province, Polop has much to offer those who want to explore. Mount Ponoig is a rough and rocky mountain of steep slopes, covered with long and formidable cliffs. Its mild climate and hilly rugged terrain facilitate the practice of climbing, hiking or mountain biking.
Polop is a delight to explore, it has all the amenities you would expect in a small town – shops, bars, restaurants, were you can sit and watch the world go by whilst having a drink and tapas.
One of Polop’s best known festivals is held in July in honour "La Virgen de la Asunción" and "San Roque" with a "porrat" and pilgrimage.
Polop is a very accessible town, close to Benidorm and Altea. Polop is less than an hour’s drive to Alicante airport. Polop is an authentic old town with a rich history. It is not surprising that Polop is a popular place to live.