Albir History

The popular resort on the Spanish Costa Blanca.

Some History of ALBIR (Alfas)
Alfas del Pi began as a settlement situated in the Alicante region of the Costa Blanca. It was originally called L'Alfas de Polop due to its links with the Barony of Polop. The settlement was set back from the beach (known as Albir) and fortified in order to defend itself from the pirates who would loot and plunder the settlements along this stretch of the Spanish coast.

The name Alfas (often spelt locally as Alfaz) means "sown land" and was given to the town by the Moors originally growing fruits, olives, vines and almonds providing the main source of labour and income in the area along with mining in the Sierra Helada. A pine tree was planted in the Church Square by the inhabitants in 1786 which was to symbolise their independence from Polop but it wasn't till 1836 when it was finally declared a municipality of its own and administered by itself. For more than 200 years the town continued with its mining and agricultural industries until many of the population emigrated to South America.

In the early seventies, the nearby town of Benidorm was to experience a tourist boom, which still continues today. This eventually started to affect Alfas del Pi which now experiences great flocks of visitors of which many from other parts of Europe decided they liked the place so much and settled there. Now this small town, once a frontier at the heart of the Moors and Christians battles, has developed into one of the Costa Blanca's most popular tourist centres.




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