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Guadalest, the jewel of the Costa Blanca

Guadalest is one of the most picturesque and charming day trip destinations you can explore in this region.

Location

Guadalest location

Guadalest is a small village situated in the Marina Baixa region of Alicante, approximately 25 kilometers inland from the coastal city of Benidorm. It is perched high up in the mountains, offering stunning panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

 

History and Culture

panorama view Guadalest

The village has a rich history that dates back to ancient times. It was originally settled by the Moors and later conquered by the Christians during the Reconquista. The legacy of its diverse past is evident in its architecture, including the medieval castle and traditional white-washed houses.

 

Sights and Attractions

Guadalest castle

Guadalest Castle (Castell de Guadalest)
The highlight of the village is the imposing castle, which is perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the valley below. The castle dates back to the 11th century and offers breathtaking views of the Guadalest reservoir and the surrounding mountains.

 

Museums

Guadalest Ethnological Museum
Ethnological Museum

Guadalest is home to several interesting museums that provide insights into its history and local culture. Some of the notable ones include the Guadalest Ethnological Museum, the Micro-Gigantic Museum, and the Guadalest Museum of Torture, which showcases historical instruments of punishment.

 

Guadalest Reservoir

Guadalest lake

This man-made reservoir is a stunning turquoise lake surrounded by rugged mountains. It offers a peaceful setting for a relaxing stroll or a boat ride.

 

San José Castle

San José Castell guadalest

Located a short walk from the main village, this smaller castle offers more incredible views of the surrounding landscapes.

 

Galleries and Craft Shops

Craft Shops guadalest
Craft Shop Guadalest

Guadalest is known for its local artisans, and you can find numerous galleries and craft shops selling handmade crafts, pottery, and souvenirs.

 

Getting There

You can easily reach Guadalest by car from the coastal towns of Costa Blanca, like Benidorm, Altea, or Calpe. The drive itself is scenic and takes you through winding mountain roads with beautiful views. Alternatively, several guided tours are available from the major tourist destinations.

 

Tips

  • Wear comfortable shoes as the village involves walking up some steep streets and steps.
  • Bring your camera to capture the stunning views from the castle.
  • Try the local almond-based sweets, which are a specialty of the region.

 

Guadalest is a delightful day trip destination that will transport you back in time while you soak in the beauty of the Costa Blanca mountains.
Enjoy your visit!