Sax has a population of approximately 10,000 and is found northwest of Alicante on the A31 road. Alicante airport can be reached in about 40 minutes. The town’s location has always been important in its history as the Romans, Arabs and Christians have all built roads passing the town. It now also benefits from rail links to Alicante and Madrid.
Sax is an historic town and there is archaeological evidence that settlements existed here in prehistoric times. Romans, Moors and eventually Christians have held rule over Sax in it’s past and the town is overlooked by the castle, which looks down over the town. The old quarter is steeped in Arabic character and the narrow, winding streets hug the line of the rock faces. There’s plenty of historic architecture on show including the Ermita de San Blas (Chapel), the 16th Century Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, El Torre and the many snow pits that can be found in the area, some dating from the 13th Century. These brick built pits up to 15m deep were used to store snow from the winter, to be used in the summer for cold drinks and food storage.
The area is great for outdoor pursuits such as hiking and climbing, as the surrounding countryside is so rugged and varied. There is the Sierra de la Cabrera mountain range and the El Plano forest with an estimated 1 million pine trees. The River Vinalopo also runs through the valley, and this is used to irrigate the land around the town, which produces fruit and vegetables.
Agriculture still plays an important part in the life of the population, especially the cultivation of grapes to produce wine. However, these days industry plays a more important role in the local economy and the town is known for producing footwear, leather goods, furniture and blinds.