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.
Best of Guadalest
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 from Alicante, Benidorm, Torrevieja or Orihuela Costa. You can reach Guadalest fairly easily by car, by bus or taxi.
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.
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
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
This museum is a quirky attraction that houses a collection of over 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from all the world.
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.
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.
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.