Algorfa is a village in the Vega Baja area located in rich and bountiful countryside on the banks of the Segura river in the Southern Costa Blanca region of Spain and is part of the Commuidad de Valencia. It has a mountainous backdrop but still enjoys panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea. Algorfa has a marvellous climate with over 300 days of sunshine each year, an average temperature of around 19 degrees centigrade and very little rainfall - the Segura valley having the least rainfall in the whole of Spain. The economy of the village depends mostly on citrus farming - primarily oranges and lemons, the trees of which stretch for miles around, lining every road. Algorfa is a typical Spanish village full of tradition and culture. It is a small village having a population of around 1,800.
Early artefacts show that there were settlers in the area of Algorfa as long ago as 3,000 BC. Human remains from the Neolithic period were found by a Jesuit archaeologist in 1903.
The municipality of Algorfa was founded by a privilege granted in 1328 by Alfonso II and it became a part of the Kingdom of Valencia. The original village consisted of 15 homes housing 15 families. The privilege stood until after the War of Succession 1714 when it was withdrawn by by Felipe V. It was however restored before the end of the 18th century by Carlos IV at the request of the Marquesses of Algorfa. During these times Algorfa was primarily an agricultural area.
Today the village gives a warm welcome to visitors and the inhabitants are generous and friendly. The charming town square houses the town hall, police station and the church and as with most Spanish villages it is the centre of the community - the location of many festivals, fiestas and local activities. There are a few bars and restaurants but Algorfa is not a bustling place, more of a peaceful retreat.
For those with a little more energy Algorfa is also home to a recreation centre with sport facilities including swimming, tennis, squash and five-a-side football. There is also a busy Sunday market with plenty of bargains to be found.
Places of interest around Algorfa are the 19th century neo-gothic church (located just outside the village on the road to Benejuzar). Very close to the town is the famous La Finca Golf Course with it’s 18 hole, Par 72, championship course, opened in 2001 and designed by Jose Gancedo.
Algorfa is a first-rate location for leisure pursuits especially walking and cycling and the nearest beaches are just a 15 minute drive away at Guardamar del Segura. Also only a short drive away is the bustling town of Torrevieja with its lively promenade, wonderful Habaneras shopping centre, extensive marina and its enormous Friday market - the biggest market in the region. Torrevieja also has a large number of fabulous beaches.