I came to be in Senija through a house exchange. 

Did I say? 

I got the opportunity through the Charlton Parkside Community Hub ( all residents groups should have a Hub. Consultancy available on request. ) I’ve swopped homes with the mother of a woman who lives in my road. She wanted to spend August in London, I wanted a holiday. Sweet. Sorted. Getting your house ready for other people to live in is jolly hard work but very worthwhile in the end.

I quote Wikipedia “Senija is a village in the province of Alicante and autonomous community of Valencia, Spain. The municipality covers an area of 4.8 square kilometres (1.9 sq mi) and as of 2011 had a population of 661 people.[1]”

It’s an attractive, unspoiled village and is a great base for exploring. There are 5 bar restaurants and the local speciality is liver and onions. YUM!

You can get to anywhere on the coast between Dénia and Benidorm within about 35 minutes in a car. There is a coach service to Valencia/Alicante and the major towns in between from Benissa. You can also explore the beautiful Jalón and Orba valleys if you go inland. Beaches, watersports, attractive towns, mountain villages, tennis, golf, horse riding it’s all here waiting. You can even hop to Ibiza/Mallorca on a ferry from Dénia. 

In the village even the bins have a great view…

I really love all the locals. Just say “Holá , Buenos Dias” to them and they respond with a smile and reciprocate ( often in Catalan. Bon Dia, anyone? ) I love them and they love me. Two days after I arrived they even threw a concert for me in the square outside my front door. Well that was how I interpreted the situation 😀  They even offered a glass of wine and a slice of cake at the end. 

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To listen to the music ( local, traditional ) there are a couple of videos in the photo album. 

I’m seriously chilled now people.

#gonenative

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