Ondara, quick guide to the town of Ondara, Costa Blanca, Alicante, Spain.
Ondara - Costa Blanca - Spain
A small town and municipality of the Comunidad de Valencia, Ondara is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Segária and has a population of just over 6,000.
Location: Marina Alta district, Alicante province, Comunidad de Valencia, Spain.
The Area: Ondara is located in the foothills of the Sierra de Segária, about 4 kilometres from the Costa Blanca coastline.
Population: 6,004 (2006 census).
Municipal Area: 10.41km2
Ondara Map: Ondara is located just inland from Denia and the coastal resorts of the northern Costa Blanca, Spain. It is situated on the N-332 coast road between Oliva and Gata de Gorgos.
The map provided has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of Ondara, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns and villages which include denia, Javea, Pedregeur, Benirbeig, Benissa, Orba, Gata de Gorgos, Oliva, Gandia, Pego, Alcalali and Jalon.
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History: The history of Ondara goes back many centuries and there is evidence of settlers during the Palaeolithic Era, in the surrounding areas. Iberian settlements were followed by civilization in the form of the Romans who built a necropolis in the region. Later came the Moors, who were the first to built a castle in Ondara (then called Ondia), and it was from here that the Muslim occupiers tried to hold out against the Christian re-conquest. Their struggle was in vain and in 1244 Ondara was taken by forces under King jaime I of Aragon. Many Arabs however remained in area as Moriscos (Moors converted to Christianity) until their final expulsion in 1609. The town sided with Archduke Charles of Austria during the War of Spanish Succession (1701-14) and was looted and burned at the end of that war. The population rose during the 19th Century due to a period of economic growth, mostly through agricultural activities. Modern day Ondara still remains a traditional Spanish town but with an increasing number of modern facilities.
Ondara Fiestas: Ondara celebrates a number of festivals and fiestas and these include the Fiesta de San Antonio in January, the Fiestas del Santísimo Cristo (Celebrations of the Holy Christ) held in June, the Fiesta de San Jaime and the Fiestas Patronales held in July.
Economy: Agriculture, tourism, service industries, crafts.
Places of Interest: Ondara is perhaps best known for its bullring, originally built in the late 19th Century with elements in the Arabic Style, it was virtually destroyed during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) and later re-built (1957). Other places of interest include the Clock Tower from the original Moorish construction, the 17th Century Town Hall built by the Franciscans, the recently refurbished Parish Church of St Ann originally from the 16th Century, the Convent de la Purísima Concepción and the Assut a small stone dam dating from the Muslim occupation.
Ondara Weather: Ondara enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it a perfect place to visit all year round.
Ondara can be easily accessed from the N-332 coast road or from the AP-7 (E-15) motorway and is around an hour's drive from both Alicante (El Altet) airport to the south and Valencia airport to the north.