Where is Guadalest 

A beautiful town of Guadalest is located in the province of Alicante in Spain. The place is known for its stunning views of the surrounding mountains and its historic castle, which dates back to the 11th century. Guadalest is also has the unofficial status of a museum city, as there are ten of them. It is a popular destination for day trips and excursions from nearby coastal resorts.

Is Guadalest worth visiting

Of course, Guadalest is worth visiting, because in 2016, it was included in the list of the most beautiful cities in the world! As they say, it is better to see once than hear a hundred times!

The history of Guadalest dates back to the 11th century when it was conquered by the Moors. The town was strategically located on a hilltop, which made it an ideal place for military defense.  

In the 13th century, the town wa captured by the Christian forces led by Jaime I of Aragon and became a part of the Kingdom of Valencia.

In the 16th century, Guadalest suffered a severe eartquake that destroyed many of its builduings. However, the town was rebuilt. In 17th century,  the place became a center for silk production, which brought great welth to the area.

During the 19th century experienced a decline in its economy due to changes in the textile industry. Many of its residents emigrated to other parts of Spain and South America in search of better opportunities. 

In the 20th century Guadalest became a popular tourist destination due to its picturesque location with historic buildings.  

How to get to Guadalest 

How to get to Guadalest from Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja or Orihuela Costa. You can reach Guadalest fairly easily by car, by bus or taxi. 

  • By car: from Benidorm take CV-70, follow the signs for Callosa d'en Sarria and then for Guadalest. The distance is 25 km.¬†¬†
  • From Alicante to Gudalest - 70 km., take the A-7 highway towards Valencia and then take the exit for Benidorm. From Torrevieja follow the same directions as from Alicante.¬†¬†
There are numerous picnic and viewpoint stops on the roadside, and a large parking lot awaits us upstairs. Cost: 2‚ā¨

What To do in Guadalest for a day

A good place to start your one day in Guadalest is the Castle of San Jose: which was constructed in the 11th century, but has undergone several renovations throughout the years. 

Discover Guadalest old town: with narrow streets and whitewashed houses. One of the most popular here is Casa Orduna. The family residence of local nobility, which is famous for its art gallery and antique interior.

See the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption: this 18th-century basilica is located in the heart of the city and is known for beautiful baroque facade. 

Walk to the Mirador del Embalse de Guadalest. This viewpoint is a great location to take photos. 

Castle in Guadalest
Restaurants in Guadalest

Restaurants

Enjoy local cuisine: there are many restaurants that serve traditional Spanish dishes such as paella, tapas, seafood. Be sure to try some of the domestic wines as well.

Museums

Museums in Guadalest

Guadalest is home to several interesting museums that offer a glimpse into the culture of the region. The price for a visit varies from 2 to 5 euros per person, and some can be visited for free (the fee for the passage remains at the discretion of the visitor). 

Some of the must-visit museums:

Guadalest Castle Museum - 4.6¬†‚ėÖ

This museum is located inside the castle and showcases the history of the town and region. You can see exhibits on the castle's construction. Opening times: 10 - 20

Etnological¬† - 4.6 ‚ėÖ

This archives is dedicated to the traditional way of life in Guadalest and features exhibits on farming, crafts. Opening times: generally from 10 - 16-17.  

Micro-Gigantic -¬†4.7¬†‚ėÖ

This gallery is a unique attraction that illustrates miniature sculptures created by artist Manuel Ussa. The museum also feautures a collection of giant objects. Opening times: 10 - 21

Salt and Pepper Shaker museum -¬†4.3¬†‚ėÖ

This museum is a quirky attraction that houses a collection of over 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from all the world. 

Lake Guadalest 

The Guadalest reservoir, also known as Embalce de Guadalest is located just a short drive from the town, the lake offers breathtaking views, and a peaceful atmosphere that is perfect for unwinding after a busy day. As you approach the lake, you'll be struck by the crystal-clear water and mountains that rise up on all sides. 

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Guadalest lake, including fishing, kayaking, paddleboarding. You can rent equipment on-site and spend hours exploring the lake with its many hidden coves. 

As the sun begins to set over the lake you'll be treated to a stunning display of colors as the sky turns shades of orange, pink, purple. It's a magical moment that you won't want to miss! 

So if you're looking for a great way to end your day in Guadalest, be sure to pay a visit to this beautiful lake.

Embalse Guadalest lake pictures

Characteristics of Lake

It was created in 1963 by damming the Guadalest river, the reservoir has a capacity of 15.5 million cubic meters of water and a surface area of 1.6 square kilometers. 

Swimming is not prohibited here but is not recommended because of its depth, about 75 meters. Besides, there are no beaches and rescue services here. 

Embalse Guadalest lake photo images

Fishing

In Lake Guadalest, you can go fishing. Carp and black perch are the most common species. A fishing license is required. You can rent a kayak or canoe near the coast, as well as take a ride on an eco-boat for 6 euros.