Having been a visitor to Orba for over 30 years the general information that we have about the town might be useful to others. We hope that this will interest all those who live there or just visit. If anyone has any constructive comments, or would like to contribute to making this site better we should be pleased to receive these at the email address - orbaphileatgmaildotcom. Last updated 30 May 2012
LATEST ORBA NEWS
The new subterranean carpark (new Placa hostal street) has been completed but not opened (some finance problem). The roof of it is now a very pleasant community play and recreational area. The streets around the plaza have been relaid, similar to what was done in Orbeta but. be careful not to cut your car tyres on the sharp kerb edges. The major development of flats next to Casa de Cultura has stopped. A new eating house CA PEP is on Calle Major. The CORNER SHOP has moved to a bigger site on C. Fontilles The May fiesta had excellent weather. Orba remains very quiet but pleasant.
Orba is located 18km (11m) inland from the Mediterranean coastal town of Denia. It lies at approximately 39deg N and is almost on the Greenwich meridian (0deg W). Orba is roughly equi-distant between Alicante and Valencia airports and it takes about one and a half hours from either by road, that is mainly on the AP-7 autopista then on the N332 to Ondara, then aim for Valencia and turn right to Orba on the CV-731. The town of Orba is situated at the head of a large fertile valley that grows mainly citrus fruit of a quality that is the best in the world. It has an altitude of about 160m above sea level and houses some 2616 (2009) residents. Most employed persons are in agriculture, the Torrens Hermanos handbag factory (which has recently split into two units), or in the service and construction industries. Picturesque mountains form a backdrop and there are wide, uninterrupted, magnificent views from most villa properties. Orba is relatively unaffected by tourism and retains its Spanish agricultural identity. Yet despite this, or perhaps because of it, a significant number of English, Dutch, German and Swiss have made Orba their home town and many have integrated well with the friendly local Spaniards. The church (iglesia), situated at the plaza, was built on the site of an old mosque. It is not much to look at from the outside but the inside is a delight. There were several paintings by local artist Carlos Ruano Llopis added when the church was extended and restored in 1917. Unfortunately the ravages of the Spanish Civil War in 1936 destroyed them all except what is now the altar piece (The prophet Abraham). The bell tower (torre campanario) built earlier, around 1850, is said to have been designed by Toribio Iscar Saez who was also the architect of the unsuccessful dam (known as Isbert's folly) in the Barranc del Infern near Fleix. The bell gallery is faced with yellow Tosca sandstone and holds 3 bells, La Grosa 108cm 729Kgs east (1917), La Menuda 70cm 198Kgs north (1941) and La Mitjana 90cm 422Kg south (1978). The earlier bells were made by Manual Roses Vidal and La Mitjana by Salvador Manclus both being from Valencia. You will never hear them rung in harmony. The tower also houses the town clock and the bells strike on the quarters and on the hour, which is repeated after a short interval (to confuse the devil or to give you a second chance to count the strikes take your pick). Orba is now a small town and Orbeta, which is a few minutes walk away, is its satellite village. Anglican services are held at Fontilles - Richard Jones 96 558 4240. There are several urbanisations on the outskirts and these are adequately covered by the numerous selling agencies for properties. If you are property hunting try - http://www.orbacasa.net/html/orba.html or http://www.premiervillasspain.com/ or http://www.pereto-grupo.es/Inmuebles.aspx?lang=es
The climate of the Costa Blanca is considered to be one of the most healthy in the world by the World Health Organisation. The weather is almost perfect for holidays. Daily temperatures are in the upper 30C's (90F's) in July and August with 11 hours sunshine (some might say that it is too hot). Even in midwinter 20C (68F) is commonplace with an average of 6 hours of sun. Humidity is usually low. The driest months are Jun,Jul,Aug. The wettest (on average 4in/100mm or above) are Nov,Dec,May with Apr,Sep,Oct close by. Almost any month can be exceptionally dry. Rain usually comes for a week or ten days in October/November and for short periods through the winter until May. As Orba is surrounded by mountains it can on occasions attract clouds. In this case try going to the coast where it can be clearer. Orbeta rainfall statistics were available on the Venta del Vi noticeboard. Despite the attractive climate some of us still manage to get bitten by the odd mosquito (not the dangerous type) but never-the-less still very uncomfortable. Take vitamin B1 (or Marmite) to make you less susceptible but its not guaranteed. Rub bites with a cut lemon.
PLACES TO EAT IN ORBA (Restaurante)
No information changes more quickly than this topic. You make up your own mind as to what suits you best. Here is an overview. All we can say is that enjoyable meals have been had at all of these places but that is no guarantee for the future. Most restaurants offer a basic MENU DEL DIA that is a complete meal for as little as 9E - 15E‚ although you can push the boat out and spend two or three times that much on a-la-carte. At LA PLACA (www.orbahostalplaza.com host - Emilio) is a hostal with rooms and Wi-Fi, is situated at the main square. AWRABA, is open again as is the original DES ARCADES under Katrine (Pepita’s daughter). The satellite village of Orbeta, a short evening stroll away, offers a further three restaurants. The FORN VELL, (converted from an old ceramic oven wih the curved remains). Close by is the VENTA DEL VI run by Stephan. The old Sancho Panza is now CAL MORELL - traditional Valencian. If you have a vehicle with you then you could go to the top of Carrer Assagador hill to the EL CANTARO. If you want to drive out of the village. At the gas station is the NEW INDIAN GATE restaurant then new El PORTET. ALCALALI offers numerous restaurants incl an Indian which was Los Almendros, as do JALON, BENIDOLEIG and PARCENT. The nearby TORMOS restaurante is traditional Spanish again. Maybe you just fancy a coffee and a snack. On the Calle Mayor you will find EL CARRER which has WiFi and next door is MAMBO (new manager) and the new CA PEP, whilst at the Plaza there is BAR ESCALES (run by Alex). Avda des Americas has LA PUNT specialising in Tapas, opposite is PASAJE bar. BAR CHEERS (near DAZIs entrance). A bar called CAL XON is just out of the village near to the NATURA newsagents, stamps and gift shop and across the road MAGIC's bar. On the street next to John Deere is a Heladeria bar CANYMEL. Real Italian pizzas are good from the village PISCINA BAR by the sports hall.
SHOPPING IN ORBA (tienda)
Most of ones needs can be bought, or satisfied, locally in a shop in Orba. There are two small supermarkets, the Spanish SUPER MARIBEL and the larger CHARTER. Julie's CORNER SHOP specialising in English goods has moved near to BOiBARAT (the 1E shop). Snr Julio BALLESTER will give you good service for your electrical entertainment, white goods and air conditioning needs. There are two builders merchants MARORBA and DAZI, two metalwork (carpenteria metalica) workshops (Snrs PAYA & MIRALLES) and a wood window and door maker FUSTERS CERVERA. There is also a glazier (at the PERELLO shop, Avenida des Americas) for things like that broken window or glass shelf in the fridge.