The traditional agricultural Valencian village of Rojales lies in the province of Alicante, on the southern Costa Blanca, just over a 20 minute drive from Torrevieja and Guardamar's glorious beaches. The River Segura runs through the village's lively centre, where you'll find residential areas, supermarkets, traditional restaurants and tapas bars. There are even a couple of English pubs to make you feel right at home, as well as a local church, museum and village square. Watch the village come to life on Thursday for market day, where the streets are filled with stalls selling fresh produce and handmade souvenirs. Take a stroll along the river and across the 18th century bridge, where you'll find a mix of rural farmhouses, residential urban areas and picturesque orchards. Take a trip to the charming cave houses situated on the hillside south of the town, where local artist Manuel Fulleda Alcaraz has adorned each one using shells, tiles and mirrors. There is also a quaint little bar here which plays live jazz music every Friday. For a change of scenery, the historic city of Murcia and palm-fringed city of Elche are less than an hour away by car.