1ST JUNE 2014

Despite numerous requests from the president over the last two years, no nominations have been received for the posts of President or other key committee members. Until such nominations are received, the La Romana Residents Association can no longer function fullyThe current committee have agreed to remain in our existing positions temporarily, but will move towards closure of the Association should no nominations be received at the AGM in 2015. 

Until then, there will be no meetings and only essential communication with members:
  • No subscriptions are being taken for 2014.
  • The committee will use funds in accordance with LRRA plans discussed during previous member meetings.
  • Following a request from the other village associations and the town hall, the LRRA will fully attend and help organise the 2014 Gastronomica. Any funds raised will be donated back towards next years event.

The Committee is sad that the future of the Association is now in doubt, given its achievements over the last few years. These achievements include:
  • Repair and restoration of the Old Wash House following pressure from our members (2008/09).
  • The current work to tidy the unfinished urbanisation behind the medical centre.
  • Repair to the areas worst caminos - identified by our members and shown directly to the mayor by ourselves in 2011/12. At that time the were no plans to repair any of the caminos involved.
  • Also the repair and resurfacing of some tarmac roads following continued pressure from ourselves.
  • Replacement of all rubbish bins and the erection of rails to prevent bins blowing away following continued pressure from ourselves.
  • Participation by our members into the last Local Action Plan for La Romana. We were the only village association invited by the Town Hall to participate, as they actively wanted to hear what issues were high priority to the international residents.
  • Linked to the above, increased recognition of our non-Spanish residents by the Town Hall and also the Alicante Provincial Council.
This is by no means a complete list, and does not include the fund raising we have done for things in the village or items donated to it.  The key thing is that all of these (and of course also the town water meeting of 2012) have benefited not just our own members, but the wider community.

The committee very much hope that La Romana residents will nominate themselves for positions on our committee to ensure the good work of the association can continue past 2015. 

Ian Pell

La Romana

Saturday 13th
& Sunday 14th September 2014


* * *Volunteers Needed * * *


Quintessentially Spanish, welcoming and truly beautiful, La Romana and the surrounding area is becoming increasingly popular with foreigners looking to settle inland in Spain. Situated only 30 minutes from Alicante Airport, the village is very well provided for with an excellent selection of shops, bars and cafes. There is also an excellent Saturday market.

The local community is friendly and very committed to everything that affects the area. They understand the need for successful integration and acceptance of other cultures, and have happily embraced the permanent residents from other countries who now call La Romana home. Spanish and foreign residents socialise on a daily basis, enjoying the warm climate through alfresco dinning together. To aid intergration, La Romana has a sucessful Residents Association (Asociación de Vecinos de La Romana) who regually participate in village activities.

Throughout the year there are several Fiestas that take place in and around La Romana. The largest is the Moors and Christians fiesta which take place in mid-August. It is a spectacular event with participants taking a whole year to prepare. In October the village hosts a two-day Gastronomica in the park, with music and activities to keep everyone entertained.

A communal swimming pool is set in beautiful wooded parkland on the edge of the village, along with Tennis, Paddle Tennis and Basketball courts, a football pitch and indoor gym. For golfers, there are several courses in the area including the excellent Alenda Golf Complex which is only 20 minutes away. The area also hosts many beautiful walks and cycling tracks, as well as several horse riding stables situated nearby.

In addition to two chemists, the village has its own surgery and doctor, and in nearby Novelda there is a 24-hour clinic. The main hospital in Elda (just 20 minutes away) gives excellent service. Visitors to the area can get free health service using their European Medical Card, or can transfer their NHS rights to Spain if living here permanently.

The larger towns of Novelda and Aspe are only a short distance away, and offer larger supermarkets and shops as well as many interesting places to visit. The neighbouring villages of Hondón de las Nieves and Hondón De Los Frailes are very popular with tourists. The city of Elche is only 20 minutes away and is worth exploring, with its Palm Culture and a wealth of historic buildings. The port of Alicante is just a 40 minute drive, offering magnificent Mediterranean beaches and an active nightlife!