Nestled among mountains in the northern part of Costa Blanca, Spain, is the quaint and charming town of Pego. The town is part of the Marina Alta region in Alicante and its history dates back to the Bronze Age. Pego's rich and varied history is tangible in the air the moment a person steps out of their Pego holiday rentals. While Pego was occupied during the Bronze Age and later on by the Iberians and Romans, its actual history begins when the Moors settled down here around 726. This made the town an important Arab settlement. The town went on to become a part of Taifa of Denia and was later on conquered by Jaime I of Aragon in 1244. Thereafter, the Catalonian peasants moved to Pego and the town ended up becoming a barony in 1262. In the latter half of the 13th century, the wetlands around Pego were used for rice cultivation, grazing cattle and fishing. Rice became a staple of the region, but in 1403, Martin I banned cultivation of rice. The Moors, who had converted to Christianity, were thrown out of the area in 1609, and this led to Pego becoming a near ghost town until the late 18th century. Enjoy another undiscovered gem of a holiday resort, far from the tourist crowds, Les Contamines Montjoie Chalets.
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When the Moors were living in the town of Pego, it was fortified with a wall and also had a castle to house the nobility. After the town was reconquered by the Christians, the fortifications were further strengthened and 16 towers were added to it. However, during the War of Spanish Succession, which took place from 1701 to 1714, most of the fortification was destroyed. Some remnants of the wall are still visible in the old quarter of present-day Pego along with the original cobbled streets that the Moors had built. Staying in Pego holiday rentals allows visitors to visit the 16th century church of Our Lady of the Assumption. The Renaissance architectural style of the church is beautiful. A visit to the 18th century Baroque style Chapel of Ecce Homo is also a must. This chapel was designed by Fray Francisco Cabezas, who was a renowned architect from Valencia. There are many other churches in Pego, and most of them have been constructed on the ruins of Moorish mosques. Do not miss an opportunity to walk through the Museum of Contemporary Arts and the Franciscan Convent.
Pego holiday rentals will also put you close to the Parque Natural de la Marjal de Pego-Oliva, which is a must-see. This area was once upon a time a lagoon, but is now involved in cultivating rice. Pego is famous for its fiestas, which are held throughout the year. The most popular fiesta is the Moors and Christians Festival held every year in June. Pego apartments put you in close proximity to the towns of Denia and Javea, where you can enjoy the beaches and watersports, such as snorkelling, windsurfing, diving and sailing. If you like to be close to nature, head to the mountainous region of Pego and try your hand at pony trekking or lake fishing. Another fun summer holiday location you may be interested in is Turquoise Coast Villas