L'Alfàs del Pi chosen every weekend as one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the entire province of Alicante, for its natural and cultural heritage offer, with the lighthouse and the Museum of the Roman Villa of l'Albir as two of their main complaints.
The natural and cultural heritage offer of l'Alfàs del Pi is consolidated as one of the great tourist attractions of the province of Alicante. This is clear from the 135,036 visitors counted, from the beginning of the year until the end of August, on the way to the lighthouse, one of the routes in the Serra Gelada Natural Park that registers the most influx of public due to its accessibility and having the the only cultural lighthouse in the entire Valencian Community. "By not having an automated control system, the list of visitors on the red route of the natural park is only developed while there is staff at the information point, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., so the real number of visitors is much higher." greater”, has clarified the Councilor for Tourism, Luis Morant.
The Faro de l'Albir Interpretation Centre opened its doors in October 2011, becoming the first cultural lighthouse in the Valencian Community, where not only photographic exhibitions are held that reflect what the life of the ancient keepers was like, when the lighthouse was inhabited, and the importance of the flora and fauna of the natural park is described, but talks and concerts are held sporadically. In its first year of operation it received 63,493 visits, and eleven years later, in 2022 it registered a total of 185,003 visitors. “It is evident that our tourism promotion policies, based on the recovery, conservation and dissemination of our natural and cultural heritage, are on the right track,” said the Councilor for the Environment and Tourism of the Alfàs del Pi City Council, Luis Morant. Along these lines, it must be taken into account that a few meters from the lighthouse, it opened its doors in 2011, a pioneer in the application of 3D technology on open-air sites, which offers the visitor the possibility of virtually viewing the entire hot springs thanks to to an iPad application that shows the original architecture on the archaeological remains and offers a tour to understand the functioning of each of the rooms of the baths. In addition to having virtual reality glasses, also pioneers, with which to travel in time. In 2016, thanks to an archeology employment workshop, the museum's visitable area was expanded with the extension of the walkway to one of the main buildings of the town, a fairly large apse-shaped room called oecus.
"The Government team is committed to continuing to support the recovery and conservation of the cultural and heritage assets of l'Alfàs, in order to enhance them and turn them into tourist attractions for the municipality," the councilor reiterated. Tourism head Luis Morant. A political strategy of the socialist Government team that has allowed the rehabilitation of emblematic buildings and spaces such as the Albir Lighthouse, the Escoles Velles, the Mànec Molí, the Carabineros Barracks, the Roman Villa of l'Albir, the quarry of Serra Gelada or the Los Carrascos park, converted into a Landscape and Environmental Interpretation Center linked to the Natural Park.
The route to the Albir lighthouse among the most attractive tourist destinations in the Valencian Community
The Albir lighthouse is the first cultural lighthouse in the entire Valencian Community. The Faro de l'Albir Interpretation Centre, a cultural facility that the Alfàs del Pi City Council, in collaboration with the Serra Gelada Natural Park, launched in October 2011. A unique historical building built in 1863 with the objective of marking the northern end of the Serra Gelada, an area known as les Penyes de l'Albir. From then until today the lighthouse has illuminated our coast continuously, since not even during the Civil War did the lantern stop working. The building was inhabited by two lighthouse keepers until the sixties, when new technical systems made the constant presence of a technician in the lighthouse unnecessary. From that moment on, The lack of maintenance led to a constant degradation of the structure, with the roofs collapsed and the façade greatly altered by repeated acts of vandalism. Between April and July 2011, the Alfàs del Pi City Council rehabilitated the lighthouse building with the aim of preserving this important element of our historical heritage and converting it into an exhibition center where the multiple cultural and environmental values of the city are shown to the public. the Serra Gelada. The Serra Gelada is a mountainous elevation that separates the bays of Benidorm and Altea. It is a unique space where culture and nature have coexisted for centuries to create one of the most spectacular landscapes in the Valencian Community. The numerous and important environmental values it has have led to its protection as a natural area in 2005 by the Generalitat Valenciana. The mountain range and its coastal environment are included in the Serra Gelada Natural Park, one of the most unique in the Valencian Community as it is the first maritime-terrestrial park in this community.
From Monday, September 4, the Alfàs del Pi City Council begins the new 'Consumption Bonus' campaign, which will allow more than half a million euros to be injected into the municipality's businesses in just one month . The Councilor for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, José Plaza, explained that the subsidy from the Alicante Provincial Council amounts to 260,415 euros on this occasion, so, “with the formula of acquiring 50% of the bonus, the figure that is injects into the local commerce of l'Alfàs, reaching a total of 520,830 euros.”
"A campaign that we launched in September, coinciding with the start of the school year, as it is a date that involves a significant outlay for families, with the purchase of books, school supplies, clothing... In short, a time of significant expenses and, With this campaign, what we want is that these purchases are made in the shops of the municipality, establishments where they will find an offer of the highest quality, personalized treatment and excellent service”, declared José Plaza .
This is a campaign promoted by the City Council of l'Alfàs del Pi with the aim of promoting consumption in the local business sector, managed by the Federation of Commerce of Small and Medium Enterprises of the Province of Alicante, FACPYME.
This is the third 'Consumption Bonus' campaign launched by the Alfàs del Pi City Council, aimed at promoting purchases in local businesses
Deadline to purchase and redeem bonuses
The vouchers can be purchased and exchanged from September 4 to 30. The purchase is made through the website www.alfasbonosconsumo.es . There are vouchers of 10, 20, 50 and 100 euros and the consumer, when purchasing them, only pays half of their value. These vouchers can be redeemed, either in different stores, or in the same purchase.
In order to purchase the bonds, they must be registered in l'Alfàs del Pi on August 1, 2023. The initiative is aimed at residents of the municipality over 18 years of age or who will reach this age during the current year. Each consumer can purchase a maximum of vouchers worth 150 euros, of which they will pay half of the cost as 50% is subsidized. The deadline to purchase and exchange the bonds opens next Monday and will be active until September 30.
To purchase the voucher it will be necessary to be in possession of a bank card and the National Identity Document, DNI. The beneficiary will receive the voucher in digital format at their email address, which they can print. You can also redeem them in stores through the BuyBono application, downloadable from PlayStore and AppleStore. At the time of payment, buyers must identify themselves with their DNI. Bonuses not used when the campaign ends will not be refunded.
Adhesion of companies to the campaign
The vouchers can only be exchanged at municipal establishments participating in the campaign. This initiative is aimed at all businesses, hospitality and service establishments that carry out their activity in l'Alfàs del Pi.
The membership process is carried out free of charge and electronically through the website www.alfasbonosconsumo.es . You must fill out a form and present the updated census registration certificate at the Tax Agency, bank account certificate, image of the business and DNI or Company CIF.
For businesses that have already participated in previous campaigns, the process is simplified, since they can re-adhere through the website www.facpyme.com/readhesion by presenting only the updated census registration certificate at the Tax Agency.
To redeem the vouchers, businesses must have a mobile device with an Internet connection and the BuyBono application.
Point of sale of bonds
The City Council of l'Alfàs del Pi will set up a public service point on Wednesday, September 6, for the purchase of the consumer voucher. It will be at the House of Culture, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. A measure adopted to help those people who do not have Internet access, affected by the digital divide, over 65 years of age or who may have difficulties in electronically processing the purchase of consumer bonds. This was highlighted by the Councilor for Commerce and Consumer Affairs, José Plaza.
“ As this is a campaign that is managed online, there may be people unfamiliar with the Internet and new technologies who have problems when it comes to getting their bonuses, and it is for that specific population sector that a check-in point is enabled. attention and face-to-face sales at the House of Culture,” explained José Plaza. An in-person service point will also be set up in the Albir area, the date of which will be announced shortly.
As consumer vouchers are purchased on an online platform, people who go to the in-person point must bring their DNI, National Identity Document, and their bank card to be able to carry out the procedures.
All information about the consumption bonus is available on the website www.alfasbonosconsumo.es .
More than 1,000 users have used the services of the Albir Beach Library since it opened to the public last June, coinciding with the start of the bathing season.
In the last 15 days of June alone, a total of 213 people used the services of the beach library. In the month of July there were a total of 450 users of the beach library and so far in August a total of 386 people have passed through the municipal reading area of the beach. By nationality, users come from countries such as Great Britain: 37 .Belgium: 10 . France: 61. The Netherlands: 30. Eastern Europe: 47. Africa: 3. Germany: 56. Portugal: 14. Italy: 15. Sweden: 7. Norway: 72 USA: 14. South America: 9. Other nationalities: 60 users
As for Spanish users, they come from: Madrid: 131. Castilla y León: 32. Basque Country: 33. Asturias: 15. Castilla La Mancha: 20 Navarra: 10. Galicia: 25. Valencia: 69. Catalonia: 23. and Benidorm: 324 users.
The l'Albir beach library offers a comfortable and wide space for reading in different languages, and allows you to consult the national and international press online, as well as being able to access magazines and books in a dozen languages, from Dutch to German, Russian, French, Norwegian, English, Italian or Spanish. The beach library also has a catalog of children's and youth literature with fifty novels, comics and well-known manga titles. In the beach library there are also laptops, free Wi-Fi and a selection of traditional board games. The opening hours are, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.