With a population of approx 6000 and growing with people coming here to buy property every day, Los Montesinos is proving to be one of the most popular destinations for new ex-pats moving to the Costa Blanca region of Spain in the last few years. The population is broken down approx 50/50 between Spanish and Ex-pats and the best of both cultures has been incorporated into this self sufficient town.
Los Montesinos has the entire infrastructure needed for a large community to thrive including schools , a school of music, sports facilities, bowling, churches and plenty of shops, bars and restaurants. Tourism would be the main industry here but it also has a thriving agricultural industry due to the farms surrounding the town including orange and lemon productions as well as local vegetables such as artichokes. The colors of the farms look stunning year round! Los Montesinos is only 8 km from the Spanish city of Torrevieja with its wonderful choice of beaches and promenade walks and cafes. Again the salt lakes of Torrevieja influence the healthy aspects of this town in a very positive way, one of the reasons people choose to come and live here. The town has a gorgeous Spanish style square where you can wile away the hours at one of the cafes or bars that look onto the square.
The Spanish gather here in the evenings to review the day's happenings and it has a lovely relaxed feeling reminiscent of days gone by when life was not so busy and rushed! There is a mix of Spanish , Italian , Indian and many other restaurants on the square but one excellent English bar/restaurant is Carls Bar where the quality is fabulous , staff are friendly, location on the square is great for watching the world go by and the atmosphere is lovely and relaxing. A Spanish bar that I would recommend is Rincon de Miguel which offers authentic Spanish food with plenty of flavour and has a very reasonably priced menu Del dia. This restaurant is down a side street so you may have to search around for it, it's not so exciting from the outside but once you enter it you enter another world, spacious, bright with beautifully set tables - a hidden Los Montesinos treasure. The market on Fridays is also a lovely place to spend a few hours and purchase your fruit and vegetables direct from the growers as well as haggling over an abundance of handcrafts on offer. The large lake Torremendo is nearby where you can swim, boat and fish, and use the vast number of walking trails to keep fit. Quad biking , horse riding, pony treks, scuba diving, snorkeling and guided walking excursions are also available here at the wonderful Casa La Pedrera where you can also use their pool and children's play area to complete your day. Check out any of our many blogs on the very close Casa de la Pedrera- Tell Derek and Jenny we sent you! We had our Children's Christmas party there this year, many quads trips with the family and even last summers staff day out.
Restaurante La Herradura can be found on the outskirts of Los Montesinos complete with wonderful gardens and plenty of parking. They offer evenings complete with high quality gourmet food, including a coeliac friendly menu, enjoyed while watching Spanish traditional flamenco dancers and passionate Spanish guitarists showing you Spanish culture at its best. They also offer cooking courses regularly and it is wonderful to attend to get the tips that change your cooking attempts into the real deal full of Spanish gusto! The course attendees sit down to enjoy the cooking after with a glass of wine and it is a lovely friendly afternoon/evening where there is an opportunity to make new friends.