The town hugs the base of a striking outcrop of rock, the summit of which bears a fourteenth century castle. The name of the town itself is derived from the Latin word Saxum, meaning rocky place. The castle is heavily fortified with battlements and towers; it is an impressive landmark by day or by night, when it is lit up. An enormous snow well was built in the rocks in the 17th Century; it was used to store snow to provide the town with water in the summer months. The shops and other amenities are adequate, with the larger centre of Elda 11km away. Some very nice restaurants can be found here serving a menu del dia. Sax is very well positioned for traveling to Madrid, Valencia, Murcia and Alicante, having some excellent roads connecting the area. The Alenda golf course is approximately 10 minutes drive along the Madrid-Alicante motorway and there are several large towns within a few minutes drive. Here you can find tranquility without being isolated. Today most of the population is involved in the shoe and leather making industry, but agriculture still plays an important part.