El Pego has a population of about 11,000 and can be found, sheltered by mountains, about 10 minutes drive inland from the resort of Denia.
It was originally a Moorish fortress town, with some of the original walling still visible in the old quarter. This part of the town still carries a medieval charm with it’s narrow, winding streets and blue domed churches and chapels.
The town has many traditional restaurants producing local dishes, as well as bars, shops and a local market held every Thursday. This a great day to pick up some fresh produce and relax in the main plaza, watch the world go by and generally soak up the atmosphere.
The town is very much an agricultural one, with rice growing playing an important part in the towns history, when it was introduced in the early 19th Century. These days El Pego is surrounded by orange, almond and cherry groves.
The churches in the town are well worth a visit, where you can see the different styles of architecture on show , from Renaissance (16th Century) to the Baroque style of the 18th Century. All told, El Pego is a beautiful, traditional Spanish town, ideally located near some of the large towns and sandy beaches of the Alicante Province.