The Dome Retreat Centre, Alcalali -
The 2013 Training is held at The Dome Retreat Centre, Alcalali, Alicante, Spain midway between the airports of Alicante (97kms) and Valencia (121kms) most low cost Airlines fly here and prices are usually very reasonable, especially when booked in advance. We recommend Alicante Airport as there is a shuttle bus that will bring you from the airport directly to Alcalali.
For more accommodation details, pictures, location etc of the Dome Retreat Centre and area please visit their webpage or see below www.thedomeretreatcentrespain.com
The Jalon Valley and village of Alcalali
The village of Alcalali is located in the Valley of Pop in the region of Marina Alta, it is only a few minutes walk from The Dome. Its district is crossed by the Jalon river and surrounded by Gorgos Seguili Mount, the Carrascal, Rates and Aixa, forming together an extraordinarily beautiful, peaceful and natural landscape.
Much of the village life centres around the 15th century tower which houses the church and the Grape Museum (Museu de la Pansa). The tower was built as a lookout for frequent invasions by roaming bands of thieves. The top floor of the tower is open as a mirador with superb views of the surrounding area. There's also a museum located in the old oil press that shows the history of oil and wine production.
The Arabic influence is still very much in evidence in Alcalali with its tiny narrow streets home to a few coffee shops, restaurants, 2 small supermarkets and bars. The perfect place to while away a few hours and soak up the traditional Spanish culture.
According to historical records, the first Catholic church in Alcalalí was built in 1577. A second church followed in 1582, and the current Parish Church of the Nativity of Our Lady was built between 1768 and 1808. The church contains images of great historical and artistic value, such as the image of Cristo de la Salud. You can also visit the parish museum which contains antique priests' robes and costumes from the Lihori family and a library of the history of the church.
The Jalon Valley (also known as Vall de Pop) is situated just 30 minutes inland from the beautiful beaches of Denia, Javea and Calpe with picturesque Moraira only 15km away. During the 200hr Therapeutic Mindful Hatha Yoga course you get 2 full free days and we can arrange a taxi to take you down to the coast.
The Jalon valley area has some of the best scenery in Spain and it is also known as the Gateway to the Bernia, the beautiful mountain range which separates the Jalon Valley from the coastal region around Altea. As a centre for holistic retreats, courses, walking, painting and mountain biking, Jalon is excellent.
The town of Jalon with its blue domed church, is the main town in the valley. Jalon is a lively shopping centre selling local produce, particularly on market day (Tuesday) there is also a variety of Shops, bodegas, bars, and restaurants. Every Saturday morning (your day off) the riverbank is the venue for the ‘Rastro’ (2nd hand fair/car boot sale) which is well worth a visit.
Getting here -
Apart from the local bus services, Car Hire is an easy option with lots of companies situated at the Airports and it often works out less expensive than a private taxi to and from the Airport. Try www.rentalcars.com
Driving times from the Airport to The Dome Retreat Centre are approximately 1.08hrs from Alicante and 1.22hrs from Valencia. The yellow road on the map is the motorway and from the Benissa exit to The Dome is approximately 15 minutes drive. Once here there are lots of driving routes for you to explore. For driving directions, we recommend you visit Google Maps where you can download and print easy to follow directions. Of course we are on hand to help at any time should you need assistance.
We will also send you some Essential Booking Information once you have booked your course and can assist you with finding bus times when you have your flight options.
Once students flight details have been received, we also look to see if anyone can travel to The Dome together.