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Formentera del Segura Church

Formentera del Segura - Costa Blanca - Spain

Not to be confused with Formentera an island of the Balearics group, Formentera del Segura is a small village close to Benijofar and Rojales in the Vega Baja (low fertile valley) region of the southern Costa Blanca, Spain, in the Alicante province. Formentera del Segura sits on the banks of the River Segura and the river has been very important in the survival of the village.

Formentera del Segura is named after the former Lord of Formentera, one Don Nicholás Pérez de Sarrió who controlled the village from 1731 and settled eight families there.

The history of the village however goes back much further than this as it was originally a Moorish village during the times of the Arab conquest (8th - 13th Centuries) until it was finally re-conquered by Jaime I (King of Aragon) in 1242.

As with many other villages in the region Formentera del Segura was almost completely destroyed by the earthquake of 1829 and though a re-building program was begun, it was not until 1840 that it was finished, culminating in the construction of the parochial church.

Modern Town Hall / AyuntamientoOver the centuries Formentera del Segura has relied mostly on farming and agriculture for its economic survival, as it still does today despite the modern invasion of tourism. Laying as it does on the banks of the River Segura it has benefited greatly from the regular supply of water in an area of very low annual rainfall (the Segura river basin having the lowest rainfall in the whole of Spain). The major products of the village are citrus fruits (mostly oranges and lemons), cereals and vegetables. It is also a producer of honey.

As with all Spanish villages Formentera del Segura has its share of fiestas and celebrations, however there is one unique to Formentera - “The Day of the Bicycle”, in which many of the villagers take part in a race to celebrate the past and present “brotherhood of the people of the village”. The Day of the Bicycle takes place in May. In Formentera del Segura May is known as “The Month of Flowers” and there are many celebrations including a grand procession in honour of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception.

A major celebration takes place in August (the last week of the month), to pay tribute to the patron saints of the village San Miguel (Saint Michael) and San Roque, culminating in “The Day of the Sardine and Wine”.

Formentera del Segura has a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops and a pleasant village square (plaza) where the Town Hall (Ayuntamiento) can be found along with the traditional fountain.

Separated from the main village is another more modern area known as “Los Palacios” (the palaces).

Formentera del Segura is also close to the Parque Natural de La Mata y Torrevieja, a huge natural park area with many scenic walks and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Also nearby are the cave dwellings at Rojales and the famous Shell House - both worth a visit if you are in the area.

Formentera del Segura sits in a triangle of roads - the AP-7 motorway, the CV-91 and the CV-940. It can be easily accessed by one of these roads, junctions 740, 743 and 745 of the AP-7 are all within a short drive of the village.

Please Note: Do not confuse Formentera del Segura with the island of Formentera in the Balearic Islands.

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Formentera del Segura airport driving distances: Murcia (San Javier) airport to Formentera del Segura is a driving distance of 49 kilometres (30 miles), Alicante airport to Formentera del Segura is a driving distance of 51 kilometres (32 miles).

Nearby Places: Rojales - Benijofar - Algorfa - Almoradi - Daya Nueva - Guardamar del Segura - San Fulgencio - La Marina

Attractions: Parque Natural de La Mata y Torrevieja - Shell House - Rojales Cave Houses

Golf Courses: La Finca - La Marquesa - Spain Golf Courses

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