Benijofar Area Guide
With an approximate population of 4000 inhabitants, modern Benijófar came in to existence in the early 18th Century as part of a devolution programme called The Alfonsino Privilege. Like most of the villages in the local area, Benijófar has been used as a settlement since pre-historic times. Its name is a reference to the Muslim occupation of the vast majority of the Iberian Peninsula from the 7th Century until the early 15th Century. In Arabic the name was Bani Ya’Far a tribal name meaning “The Sons of Ya’Far” and the history books indeed reflect the existence of an ancient Islamic farmhouse in the area bearing that name.
Today, Benijófar has expanded hugely to become one of the most desirable areas to live in the local area. The original village is still relatively small with two urban areas on either side of the main street, Avenida Federico Garcia Lorca, however the urbanisations of Monte Azul to the southwest and Benimar to the northeast, are served by the Benijófar town hall. In all three areas, there are excellent bars and restaurants to be found.
In addition to these urbanisations, there are several moderate-scale construction projects of new housing underway. Indeed, Benijófar has seen considerable investment in its infrastructure over the past 5 years. In the summer of 2020, a brand new nursery school was built in the same grounds as the village primary school which concurrently underwent a major modernisation process. There is a large multipurpose sports centre in the village, which incorporates an outdoor public swimming pool and football pitches. This is the venue for school sports days and other public events.
Benijófar location and proximity to its neighbouring villages of Rojales, Fomentera, Algorfa, Los Montesinos and the town of Ciudad Quesada mean that these areas’ leisure facilities and amenities are also easily accessible.
The village is approximately 5 minutes from the AP-7 motorway