Found in the Almanzora Valley, Arboleas is a small town on the bank of the Almanzora River, in the spurs of the Filabres mountain range.
It has a strong agricultural economy, growing citrus, olive trees, almond trees and cereals such as wheat and barley.
Situated just a 25 minute drive from the coast is the pretty villages of Arboleas, Zurgena and its neighbouring village of La Alfoquia.
The villages have a population in excess of 2500 – mostly friendly Spaniards working in local agriculture. The nearby amenities include a doctor’s surgery and an English speaking pharmacy, primary school, older children can attend the secondary school in La Alfoquia, and a free school bus is available.
Zurgena has 2 banks and numerous shops and bars which stay open long into the evening, also a newly constructed kiddie’s play park. The fresh food market is held every Friday.
Over the bridge from Zurgena lies La Alfoquia, again it has numerous shops and banks, including, a hardware shop, an electrical shop, bakery, butchers, tobacconist, a boutique and a petrol station. A recent addition is the new municipal swimming pool.