You know the name ‘Jelies’ by now, a Dutch ‘large’ family that decided to leave their hectic life in the Netherlands and start a new adventure in Spain. The Jelies family, consisting of parents and their nine children, chose Pinoso in the hinterland of the province of Alicante as their new home. Since Friday February 2, their new life has been shown in the TV reality Een Huis Vol: Emigret’, in this case to Pinoso.
More information about Pinoso can also be read on the Casa Rodriguillo websitea Dutch-run B&B, whose owners write an article for SpanjeVandaag every Saturday.
Much has already been published about the Jelies family, including in our previously posted article. But now let’s talk about Pinoso. Located in the province of Alicante and in the Valencia region (Comunidad Valenciana), this charming village is a treasure of history, culture and breathtaking landscapes. Crowned by the beautiful Sierra del Coto mountain, Pinoso is a place par excellence that pays tribute to the beauty of nature.
But what makes Dutch people, such as the Jelies family, and other foreigners fall in love with Pinoso? It could be the peaceful atmosphere, the warm climate or the great local wine, but whatever it is, this small village has held a special place in the hearts of many Dutch people.
Where exactly is Pinoso located?
Pinoso, also known as El Pinós, is located in the southeast of Spain. It is a municipality in the province of Alicante, which is part of the autonomous region of Valencia. The village is located approximately 50 kilometers inland from the city of Alicante.
Pinoso borders the Murcia region and is located near the Sierra del Carche, a mountain range that is part of the Cordillera Prebética. The area is mainly rural and is characterized by its vineyards, olive groves and almond trees, which contributes to the peaceful and picturesque atmosphere.
El Pinós is located in the comarca of Vinalopó Mitjà. The history of Pinoso dates back to prehistory, as evidenced by archaeological finds from the Neolithic period. The first written mention of Pinoso dates back to the 13th century, when the area was conquered by the Christian kings of Aragon and Castile during the Reconquista. The area then became known as ‘El Pinós’, after the many pine trees in the area.
During the 16th and 17th centuries, Pinoso was an important center for wool and silk production, contributing to the region’s economic growth. The 18th century was a period of significant growth and development for Pinoso, with the construction of important buildings such as the Church of St. Peter the Apostle. In the 19th century, Pinoso became an important center for wine production, leading to further economic growth. The city also became known for its marble mining, which remains an important industry in the region.
Pinoso is best known for its wine production and marble quarries (canteras), but there are also some notable sights worth visiting. One of the main attractions in Pinoso is the Church of St. Peter the Apostle. Built in the 18th century, this church is a beautiful example of Baroque architecture and is an important religious center in the city.
Next to the church there is the Bell of Pinoso, one of the largest bells in Spain (Torre de reloj). It was built in the 18th century and is a symbol of the city. The bell is still in operation and its sound can be heard throughout the city.
Another attraction is the salt mine from Pinoso. This mine is one of the oldest in Spain and is still in operation. Visitors can visit the mine and learn about its history and importance to the city’s economy.
For nature lovers there is the Sierra de Salinas nature reserve. This reserve is a beautiful place to walk and enjoy nature. It offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscapes and is home to many species of wildlife.
Finally, there is the Pinoso winery. The town is known for its wine production and the winery is a great place to learn about the process and taste some of the region’s best wines.
Dutch and Belgians
It is not entirely known how many Dutch and Belgians officially live in Pinoso, i.e. residents who are registered with the municipality. On this list The ‘Padrón Municipal’ shows that 1,408 foreigners live in Pinoso, where a total of 8,084 people live. The largest group of foreigners are the British with 676 inhabitants, followed by 181 Moroccans and 55 Romanians. Once again, this concerns the officially registered residents, i.e. ’empadronados’.
According to these figures, people live in the entire province of Alicante officially 901 Dutch and 1,861 Belgians. The low number of Dutch people is probably because many
residents do not register with the municipality and are therefore not officially residents. Officially standing throughout the Valencia region 2,689 Dutch and 4,696 Belgians signed up. From the numbers the Generalidad Valenciana can also be seen as official throughout Spain 32,785 Dutch people are registered and 74,413 Belgiansalso a big difference.
However, if we look at the figures from the Spanish Statistical Office INE on January 1, 2024, will be available throughout the Valencia region 19,141 Dutch and 14,479 Belgians signed up. This is what matters in the province of Alicante 15,777 Dutch and 12,579 Belgiansin the province of Valencia at 2,891 Dutch and 1,399 Belgians and in the province of Castellón 473 Dutch and 501 Belgians.
Throughout Spain, things are going according to the current INE figures to 55,417 Dutch people with an average age of 50 years and around 40,929 Belgians with an average age of almost 53 years.