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Pilar de la Horadada
Pilar de la Horadada is a town of the Province of Alicante, in the southeast of Spain. Located 66km south of Alicante, the city is the southernmost in the Communidad Valencia. 1km north of the regional border (with the Province of Murcia The town and its neighbouring villages (Pinar de Campoverde and Torre de la Horadada) are home to thousands of British, German and Northern European expatriates. San Javier Airport (Murcia) is within close proximity.

Paroquial Church of "Nuestra Señora del Pilar", placed in the centre of the town. It was built in 1981 on the same site as its predecessor.

The bell tower of the original structure stands to this day. Its avocation is to the Blessed Virgin (Virgin del Pilar). In this building there are lots of examples of religious art, especially works from the local artists D. José Maria Sanchez Lozano and Manuel Ribera Girona.

Watch Tower (15th Century), built to protect habitants of the town against the Mediterranean pirates. It is situated on the beach, in the nearby village of Torre de la Horadada.
Río Seco, Pinar de Campoverde: a local river, without water for the majority of the year. The area is home to a lot of native animals and plants.

Protected Zone of Sierra Escalona: place protected in order to preserve native animals, particularly, the birds.

Archaeological Ruins of THIAR: old Roman town on the Via Augusta, between ILLICI (Elche) and Carthago Nova (Cartagena), two of the most important Roman cities in Spain.

The beaches of Pilar de la Horadada are spread along five kilometres. They are long with fine and white sand; these beaches are relatively safe places and swimming is permitted in mild conditions.

Under the sea, one can see the marine biodiversity and the poseidonia. The quality of these beaches is recognised by F.E.E.E with its Blue Flags and by local authorities.

Festivals in honour to the Blessed Virgin: from the 29th September until the 30th October.

We can emphasize in the major day evening (11th October) with its big floral tribute, the 12th with the Solemn Mass and the procession and "Las carrozas" (1 week later).

Summer festivals: 30th July - Independence from the Orihuela Council (1986).

The town has been the location of many battles because of its location at the historical frontier between two kingdoms: the Kingdom of Murcia (Castilla) and the Kingdom of Valencia. Pilar de la Horadada was a town with dry farming’s and few houses known as Campo de la Horadada.

After various centuries of agricultural economy, its tourism breakthrough came with its independence from Orihuela in 1986. Co-operative societies such as 'Surinver' and 'Teresa Hermanos' use many of the local fields for vegetable growing. Pilar de la Horadada is placed between the sea and the mountains and has a typically Mediterranean climate.

Pinar de Campoverde
Pinar de Campoverde (Pine of the Green Field literally) is a small village located at the foot of the Sierra de Escalona mountain range, nine kilometres from Pilar de la Horadada, in the province of Alicante, Spain. The town has around 3000 inhabitants and is ten kilometres from the Mediterranean coastline.

The town has only developed since the mid 1980s when many British, German, French and Scandinavian expatriates settled in villas. Originally, the area had been a large pine forest, next to the Río Seco River and had little agricultural importance until much of the wooded area was cleared for orange and lemon groves.

The name Pinar de Campoverde or Pinar de Campo Verde derives from the fact that the area was once pine woodland (Pinar) and its impression on its first residents was a 'green field' (Campo Verde)

Since the recent advent of tourism, the majority of the population are expatriates, mainly from the United Kingdom and Germany. This gives the village the nicknames (amongst the native residents) La Colonia Guiri or 'the tourist colony' and Little England (amongst the British).

The traditional centre of the town is based on the 2km long Avenida del Pino which runs from the main Pilar de la Horadada-Orihuela road to the municipal sports fields (Polideportivo) at the Río Seco. This strip has numerous bars and restaurants, a municipal swimming pool, realties and shops. The 'New Town' area, located to the west of the village was first founded in 1999 and is almost exclusively for foreigners ( although there are a few Spanish families ).


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