Pego, Valencia, Spain
Lying just inland from the northern Costa Blanca resort of Denia, the quaint Spanish town of Pego sits in a depression, surrounded by mountains. A part of the Marina Alta region of Alicante, it has a population of 10,721 (2006)..
Pego is situated on the CV-715, just inland from Denia and Oliva, and can be accessed from the AP-7 (E-15) motorway or the N-332 coastal road, midway between both Alicante and Valencia airports. The Monte Pego Urbanization is located to the east of the town towards Els Poblets and Denia.
The area around Pego was settled during the Bronze Age and later by Iberian and Roman civilizations, though the story of the town really begins during the times of the Moors in around 726, when Pego was an important Arab enclave which later formed part of the Taifa of Denia. Subsequently conquered by forces under Jaime I of Aragon in 1244, Pego was later repopulated with peasants from Catalonia and the barony of Pego was created in 1262, and control of the town passed through the hands of various members of the Valencian nobility.
During the late 13th century the surrounding wetlands were developed for the production of rice, fishing and grazing, rice in particular became an important source of income, though later rice production in the wetlands was banned by Martin I (1403) and attempts were made to regulate the cultivation of the wetlands. The final expulsion of remaining moriscos (Moors converted to Christianity) occurred in 1609 and the town became virtually deserted for some time.
In the late 18th century certain areas of the wetlands were further developed, beginning with the formation of drainage ditches in the outer sections, though rice production did not return until 1805 when a Royal Order allowed the crop to be grown once more, significant areas were transformed between 1820 and 1840 though much of the wetlands remained untouched. The cultivation of rice continued to increase and by 1901 382 hectares were dedicated to rice production, this reached a high of 900 hectares in 1945.
During Moorish times Pego was of course a walled town, with the obligatory castle, after the reconquest these fortifications were extended and had in all 16 towers, most of this was destroyed during the War of Spanish Succession (1701-14). There are still some remains of the wall, these can be found in the Old Town where the medieval streets still retain much of their original charm.
There are a number of local fiestas and festivals throughout the year, which include
the Moors and Christians (late June),
Porrat de Sant Antoni del Porquet (January)
and the Pinyata (burial of the sardine).
Monte Pego Urbanisation
Monte Pego Urbanisation, established now for 25 years is considered to be one of the most beautiful, rural and exclusive residential communities in the Costa Blanca North. Renowned for its superb year round climate, wonderful light and brilliant, clear night sky, dazzling in a myriad of stars and meteor showers – astronomers take note! Moreover, the panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, Mediterranean Sea and the village of Pego – itself an island amongst a sea of orange trees – is simply magnificent. Monte Pego is also famous for its abundant mountain spring water. No water cuts and no shortages. In fact, the water is so good, the same water source is bottled and sold as the local “Evian”.
UK TV in Pego – how to receive UK TV in Pego
The Sat and PC Guy installs and maintains Digital Satellite Television Systems, for reception of UK TV in Pego.
We install Digital Terrestrial Television, TDT, Spain Freeview for Spanish TV reception in Pego. Depending on your location to the TDT transmitters, you can receive around 30 digital television channels, with the option change the language on many programmes into English.