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Jesús Pobre: a Village with Authentic Charm

Jesús Pobre is a village that retains all its rural charm whilst being only minutes away from the 5 star Marriot Spar Hotel and La Sella Golf Course. With modern facilities and surrounded by numerous

Jesús Pobre is a village that retains all its rural charm whilst being only minutes away from the 5 star Marriot Spar Hotel and La Sella Golf Course. With modern facilities and surrounded by numerous fincas built in the traditional Spanish style, the village is conveniently situated between the coastal towns of Dénia and Jávea.

The surrounding landscape is dominated by the Montgó Mountain and National Park Area, and Jesús Pobre is almost hidden amongst the beautiful woodlands and flat valley that spreads towards the sea with vineyards and orange, almond and olives trees. There are many nature walks around that take in the surrounding woodlands and orange groves or trek to the “Cross” or peak of the Montgó Mountain, where on a clear day the views are truly stunning.

The southern part of the area is where we mainly find farmlands, with the typical country houses that progressively adapted as second homes, called tossalets. Among them, Tossalet dels Molins is notable for the ruins of three mills built in the 18th century and that, for many years, have been used to grind all the cereals produced in the zone.

Food and drink plays an important part in the life of Jesús Pobre and there are ample bars and restaurants that provide traditional tapas, a variety of meat and fish dishes and of course the paella, all to be enjoyed whilst soaking up the village hospitality and life. The traditional products of the land include vines, almond trees, olives, and delicious muscat grapes for table consumption. The cuisine of Jesús Pobre is characterized by seasonal products, highlighting dishes like cakes with all kinds of vegetables, rice dishes and stews, among others.

 

The Sunday Market

El Mercado del Riurau is a meeting place where you can share moments and conversation, and where you can get to know farmers, bakers, artisans and creatives who show their product without intermediaries. You can find here fruits and vegetables, honey and wine, meat and cheese specialties, baked delicacies – all of them coming from the land around Jesús Pobre.

The Sunday Market develops around an existing structure known as riurau. The riuraus are rural constructions characteristic of the Marina Alta, with the function to allow the drying of the raisins from the grapes that, arranged over hurdles, received the warm prevailing winds and were protected from the dew of the night until going dry like a raisin.

 

The riurau of Jesús Pobre was built between 1848 and 1873 and the market of local products and handicrafts was established here in 2013, and it is being held each Sunday. The stalls vary, changing every Sunday, so the products are different, except for those that you can find inside the building of the riurau, which are the same. This Sunday the market has a special theme: Crispy Nuts.


Images from @MercatdelRiurau and @EatimJesusPobre

 

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