Callosa de Segura, Costa Blanca, Spain
Callosa de Segura Information
On the southern Costa Blanca, and approximately 30 minutes drive from the coast lays the town of Callosa de Segura. Surrounded by the Sierra de Callosa mountain range, much of the available land here is irrigated by the Segura River and used for agricultural purposes; mainly the growing of citrus fruits.
Founded by the Moors Callosa de Segura was originally known as Qualyusa. During the reign of Abdurrahman III it gained a reputation, due to the steadfast refusal of its people to pay taxes to the crown. Indeed much Arab influence still exists here, and the town centre holds many examples of medieval Islamic architecture. In particular the Iglesia Arcprestal de San Martin church has been declared a national monument, and is well worth a visit.
Needless to say Callosa de Segura boasts an excellent selection of markets, shops, restaurants and other facilities. Government run institutions include a train station, schools, doctor’s surgeries etc. For anything else, Orihuela is less than 10 minutes away by car/one stop on the train.
Although well away from the main tourist haunts, sporting enthusiasts are still well catered for; with the town boasting good municipal swimming pools and many other facilities. Callosa de Segura is no more than a 20 minute drive from a good selection of quality golf courses; with La Finca and La Marquesa clubs significantly closer.
Tradition is also important fin Callosa de Segura, with many fiestas (festivals) throughout the town calendar; some of which are a real spectacle and worth a look. The cuisine is another major bonus made up of mainly traditional Spanish fare; although international tastes are also catered for.
Callosa de Segura is also well known for its mild climate and the entire region enjoys sunshine for in excess of 320 days per year. The sun is at its hottest during the summer months, with temperatures rarely falling below 30°C (86°F). Winters are typically very mild with averages hovering around 18°C (64°F).