Aspe is today a modern and prosperous town with a strong agricultural and industrial background, although trade is also increasing.
In terms of agriculture, our most renowned product is the dessert grape, granted with the Denomination of Origin Vinalopo bagged dessert grape in 1988 in addition to those produced in the nearby towns of Novelda, Monforte del Cid, Agost, Hondon de las Nieves, Hondon de los Frailes and La Romana. In addition to our dessert grape, the past few years have seen an increase in the cultivation of olives, almonds and pomegranates.
Another important sector in our industry, mainly based in three urban areas located in the outskirts of Aspe on the roads to Elche, Novelda and Alicante. Our three main industrial estates are:
- Tres Hermanas industrial estate. Located at the foot of Sierra de las Tres Hermanas mountains, it comprises two phases divided by the road connecting Aspe with Elche. Its roads accommodate mainly footwear and furniture warehouses, in addition to other businesses in the food, storage and catering sectors, as well as a petrol station. Some of the plots in the second phase are still under development.
- Avenida de Navarra – Aljau industrial estate. Avenida de Navarra is the road that connects Aspe’s population centre with the neighbouring town of Novelda. During the second half of the 20th century, several companies based their businesses on the road to Novelda, resulting in the creation of an industrial estate around Avenida de Navarra and the road to Novelda in the district known as El Aljau. With its roads named after the local councils in the province of Alicante, the industrial estate is home to a varied range of footwear, furniture, construction, food and tyre businesses, as well as several petrol stations. In addition, a recycling centre or local council green park was located here in 2009.
- Alicante road – Section 7. Similarly as in the case of Avenida de Navarra and Carretera de Novelda, a series of industries mainly related to the footwear and furniture industries also settled in the eastern area that connects Aspe with Alicante.
- Aspe’s traditional trade has advanced so greatly towards commercial diversification and specialisation that nowadays, buyers can find almost any type of product within the town. However, our council still preserves its traditional trade. A clear reference of this is our food market, one of the most remarkable examples in the region thanks to its wide range of food products. It is also supplemented by the flea market, extending in its proximity every Tuesday and Thursday, with the sale of products such as textiles, household, homeware, flowers, etc.