Enjoying a spectacular position high above the stunning Guadalest Valley and with a population of just over 200 inhabitants, Guadalest is the most visited village in Spain. Declared a ‘Monument of Historical and Artistic Value’ in 1974, it receives a whopping average of 2 million visitors each year. Situated about 20 kilometres inland from Benidorm, the steep, winding road up the mountain is extremely picturesque and passes the lovely town of Polop which is well worth stopping at for a visit along the way.
The Charm Of Guadalest
Upon reaching Guadalest, visitors are immediately charmed by the entrance to the village which is through a tunnel that was a strategic defensive position in days gone by. The quaint narrow streets and alleys are lined with delightful little boutiques, arts & craft shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Visitors can browse one, or all of the 8 small museums in the village, although it is the famous Dolls House Museum that most come to see. The entire museum and all its exquisite pieces are the work of just one man, the very talented Antonio Marco.
On the mountaintop above the village is Penon de La Alcala Tower that offers wonderful views over the valley and sparkling blue lake, all the way to the Bay of Altea. Many visitors to Guadalest also venture down to the large lake for a cooling swim and trip on the solar powered boat around the lake. This is an ideal place to either relax with a picnic, or take a packed lunch and enjoy some of the numerous hiking trails through the valley. Another fantastic place that can be twinned with a visit to Guadalest is the beautiful Algar Waterfalls, situated about 15 kilometres away and offering lovely scenery, the exciting Dino Park and the chance to brave a swim in the icy waters of the falls.