Pinoso is a treat of a Spanish town that has so much to offer. Its traditional Spanish feel belies the facilities that are available here. Located in the mountainous countryside of the Alicante/ Murcia border, you are far from the coastal madding crowd but won’t feel isolated. The area is naturally beautiful and includes nature reserves, vineyards and olive groves. Just how most people imagine rural Spain to be.
Pinoso has not grown up around a tourist industry but is renowned for its wines, rock salt and marble. This combined wealth of natural resources means that it has always been a relatively affluent area and has channelled its prosperity into ensuring the comfort and security of its inhabitants.
It’s uncertain exactly when people first settled in the town but it is likely that it was during Roman times. The area was particularly favoured by Romans because of its good agricultural land and the abundance of wine and oil. It’s a town that is proud of its heritage and sports its own coat of arms, flag and hymn. Its motto, written in Latin, announces ‘roots in the land but glasses raised to heaven’, referring to the fact that Pinosera society will not forget its origins.
Pinoso and the surrounding area are a delight to the eye. The fields are abundant with flowers, plants and herbs and the seasonal changes to the landscape keep your interest all year long. The nature reserves include a variety of wildlife and are a particular attraction for bird watchers.
To see and to do in Pinoso
Pinoso might be a tranquil Spanish town but it still has all the facilities that you would expect. It’s well-served with its own medical centre which is open 24 hours a day and the hospital General Universitario de Elda is 28 km away.
The town centre has plenty of little shops that sell most of the items that you will want to buy on a regular basis. However, you can also access larger shopping centres close by. The Centro Comercial Bassa El Moro is in Petrel 25km from Pinoso.
Pinoso is a walkers’ paradise. The mountains provide lots of opportunities for walking or cycling and those who enjoy climbing will be delighted by the spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. You don’t have to be a professional climber either. It’s made relatively simple by the tracks marked out to help you.
If you prefer looking rather than doing, then there are plenty of opportunities in Pinoso for this too. The clock tower dates back to 1887 and dominates the town centre landscape. The clock itself was bought in 1889 in Madrid and is still wound with a handle and is kept going by weights on a rope, like a cuckoo clock.
The two-storey building of Casa de Don Pedro dates from the late nineteenth century and was once owned by the mayor of the town. It now belongs to the town itself and is used for cultural purposes. Its prime location at the hub of Pinoso makes it the centre of attention.
A quick look on Trip Advisor and you will see that Pinoso boasts a range of bars and restaurants where you can either indulge in a full meal or take a light snack or tapas. Altogether 24 are mentioned and most of these have collected very good reviews.
The people of Pinoso thoroughly enter into the spirit of their local and national fiestas. From the 1st to the 8th August, it’s the homage to the patron saint of Pinoso, la Virgen del Remedio. Processions mark the occasion and there are spectacular firework displays when the sky lights up and announces the conclusion of the fiestas for the year. It is likely whenever you visit Pinoso, there will be a fiesta taking place somewhere.
A tranquil, welcoming town with character and charm, Pinoso is well-worthy of consideration either for your holiday home or permanent residence.
- Population: 7,928 (2012)
- Nearest airport: Alicante (45 minutes)
- Road access: CV83 and A-31
- Public transport: Bus
- Beaches: Alicante (45 minutes)
- Nearby local towns: Algueña, Fortuna, Yecla, Jumilla, Novelda
- Cities: Murcia (52 minutes), Alicante (45 minutes)