() is town located in the comarca
of Vega Baja del Segura in southern Alicante province
. The town is in the heart of the Segura huerta
(vegetable garden) about 10 km (6 miles) from the nearest beaches in La Marina
. Dolores is readily accessible from the Autovia del Mediterráneo
motorway and a new motorway from Elche
, and is about 20 minutes away from the Alicante international airport
. The town has a population of 7427, an area of 18.25 km² (7 square miles), and the average monthly temperature varies between 16°C (61°F) in December-January and 28°C (82°F) in July-August.
The most important monument is the XVIII<sup>th</sup> century church, with sculptures by Salcillo and Roque Lopez. The two most important fiestas in Dolores are the Feria de Agosto
(August Fair) in early August; and the Fiesta de la Virgen
, in mid-September. The Feria de Agosto is one of the more important fairs of Spain, and it features a Spanish Horse Contest. More than 1,500 horses are shown each year in all sorts of games and activities. Cattle and dog contests are also held at the fair. The Fiesta de la Virgen includes a carriage parade, the running of the "vaca toposa
" (a variety of a small, aggressive cow), and the procession to honor the Virgen de los Dolores
, the patron saint of the village.
The town also boasts one of the largest paintball and outdoor quaser fields in the Valencia region: Paintball Fight Club , a field with 6 fully developed... Read More