Orba is a really pretty Spanish village (or small town) in the north of the Costa Blancaoffering a great range of local facilities, and is an ideal base from which to explore the area. Orba is located 18km (11m) inland from the Mediterranean coastal town of Denia. It has an altitude of about 160m above sea level and is home to about 1600 people. Picturesque mountains form a backdrop and there are wide, uninterrupted, magnificent views from most villa properties - including from Villa Mimosa.
Orba is situated at the head of a large fertile valley that grows mainly citrus fruit of a quality that is the best in the world. The Orba Valley is a haven of tranquillity, where citrus trees nestle alongside almond plantations, giving a beautiful scent to complement the stunning scenery of rolling hills down to the sea.
Orba is relatively unaffected by tourism and retains its Spanish identity. Orba village and the surrounding whitewashed villages have retained their traditional Spanish feel, with weekly markets and plenty of bars restaurants, shops and other amenities to choose from. Yet despite this, or perhaps because of it, a significant number of English, Dutch, German and Swiss have made Orba their home town and many have integrated well with the friendly local Spaniards.
The church which is situated in the central plaza was built on the site of an old mosque. Whilst it is not much to look externally, the inside is a delight. The tower also houses the town clock. The bells strike on the quarters and on the hour, which is repeated after a short interval, apparently either to confuse the devil or to give you a second chance to count the strikes!
A few photos of Orba to set the scene - click the thumbnails to see photo full size
The town of Orba is only a few minutes walk from the house. The nearest good restaurant and bar are also only a short walk away - a few hundred meters from the house.
If you crave the hustle and bustle of the busy coastal resorts, they are around 20-30 minutes drive away, with wonderful beaches and a cosmopolitan lifestyle. Denia is the nearest large coastal town, about 20 minutes by car.
You can check out the weather, read more about Denia and other local towns, and view the webcams on the official Comunitat Valenciana website: Click here