El Castell de Guadalest
El Castell de Guadalest
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The ancient castle is the main attraction in the city-Museum of Guadalest.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Andrew B
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates237 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    The area is absolutely stunning. Well worth the visit if you are in the area and have a car. We all thoroughly enjoyed walking up to the top. Amazing views of the lake, mountains and sea. Weather was glorious, and cooler than the coast. Defo recommend.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Flantheman2334
    Gosport, United Kingdom644 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recommended
    Probably our favourite visit on our holiday. The castle is not very big, but the site it is on is perfect for tourists. There was plenty of cheap parking and all of the shops and restaurants prices were extremely competitive. It was nice to feel you weren't being ripped off. A menu du jour was as low as 10 euros in some places. The parking was 2 euros for the day. The museums were around 7 euros to enter.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Cathy_Galway
    Galway, Ireland38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ca Gloria in Benidardá
    Best restaurant in the area Unexpected find wonderful food. Great service from Julia despite it being a holiday and very full restaurant everything couldn’t have been better. No hesitation in recommending this restaurant. Ca Gloria. Beniardá
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 November 2023
  • MarcusHurley
    Calne, United Kingdom10,437 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great views, no real castle though
    This is a very popular place, not so much for the castle itself but for the views and the pretty tourist village on the hill below. We visited on a Saturday and it was very busy with everyone struggling to park despite three car parks within 5 minutes walk of the castle. Entry to the castle is through the village and then via the attached house, which is a museum of nineteenth century middle class life I think, I didn't really pay much attention as I don't read Spanish and the period doesn't interest me. The castle itself is really just a series of viewpoints and there's almost nothing to show the original walls or towers. It had been an important Moorish castle until the Reconquista but suffered damage from earthquakes, from a mine in the War of the Spanish Succession and was finally permanently decommissioned in 1848.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 November 2023
  • nigel s
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Beautiful village up in the mountains from Altea/ Benidorm so great for a day trip if staying in the area. We stayed in our camper in the area car park for motorhomes. The museum and the visit to the castle is a must for the views
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 February 2024
  • Hayley p
    Newport, United Kingdom162 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day Out
    Had a lovely day here today with family and friends. Stunning views, lovely walled town, lovely restaurant with menu del dia and reasonable, also had a great pizza at the pizzeria. Well worth a day trip. Lovely shops with very good priced products. Tip, get there early parking is a nightmare, if you see a space before the town take it and walk.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2024
  • Bluebeard69
    Bispham, United Kingdom287 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular views, lovely village, great attractions too
    Spectacular views and scenery, loved walking around and exploring this small village. We visited the salt and pepper pot museum and the microgigantes museum also which we loved both. There were other places to go in but we didn't have time. Would recommend.
    Visited July 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 July 2024
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Beni B
Belfast, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I got a return tram ticket from Mercado, Alicante to Benidorm for €6,40. L1 red line. They run every half hour in the early morning. Come out of Benidorm tram station & turn right. You’ll see the bus stop on your right. It’s a one way street so only one bus stop. There is only ONE Guadalest bus each day - the number 16 service run by Llorente. Wednesday is market day & there were roadworks so the bus didn’t come until 1045. Someone in the queue said the last time they got the bus it came at 1010. Someone else said they were advised just to hang tight, the bus will (eventually) come! So probably worth waiting from 1010 but bring a good book to read while you wait. The return ticket cost €7,80. The bus leaves Guadalest at 1330 but you have plenty of time to explore this small town & grab a coffee/beer/lunch while you’re there. It costs €4 for a ticket to the castle and is well worth it for the spectacular views. Be aware that on the way back into Benidorm the bus doesn’t turn down the one way street to leave you back at the tram so you’ll need to check your position on google maps (or ask someone - almost everyone on the bus is a tourist and 90% have phones in their hand) and get off on the main street near to the side street for the tram. I got off near the park & walked through the park to the old town of Benidorm. It was okay for a brief visit (under an hour). But after the beauty & tranquility of Guadalest it highlighted for me all the worst elements of Brits Abroad. If you’re looking for egg & chips and drunken banter while displaying your lobster-coloured beer gut, you’ll love it. Me, I’m happy to be back in Alicante.
Written 11 March 2020
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Angela B
Ely, UK113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Today had free parking although I am not sure this is always the case. We paid €4 for each of us, had a quick look round the museum then walked up on a very hot day. The views are amazing, well worth the hot walk. Reasonable shoes are advised although my daughter did walk up in sliders. Lots of nice shops and places to eat/drink. A lovely half day.
Written 30 July 2020
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Aditya P
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Absolutely stunning location and views! If you are in the region, do not miss this. We visited this on a clear and sunny November morning, so it was not at all crowded. It looked like we had the whole castle for ourselves!

As you park your car in one of the parking areas (flat 2 euros irrespective of the duration - collected by a friendly attendant), you start walking (slightly uphill) past some museums and then go via the "Portal de San José" (an arch). Walk further uphill to the entrance of the "Museo Casa Orduña" and the castle. All the great views of the water body are from the castle. To visit the castle, you have to buy a ticket (4 euro per person) and pass through the "Museo Casa Orduña" and then stairs up the castle. As you keep climbing up, the views keep getting better and better.

There are a few guided tours available which combine this castle with the Algar waterfalls. If you have a car, you can visit both these places on your own (costing you less than the tour)

Tip: visit as early as you can in the morning to avoid crowds.
Written 1 December 2022
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Joanne N
360 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We decided to visit the picturesque village of Guadalest (about 40 minutes inland from Benidorm). The drive to Guadalest was easy, but there were lots of roundabouts and heavy traffic near the La Nucia area. There were lots of restaurants and shops (Dealz, Jysk, Mercadona and Lidls etc). En route we decided to take a detour to the traditional village of Polop. Polop was beautiful with narrow streets, cafes, bars and a stunning church at the top of the hill.

The views to Guadalest from the Polop Hill area were breathtaking. When we arrived, there was plenty of parking and it cost 3€ to park all day. We walked through the narrow streets, up some steps and browsed the boutiques and gift shops along the way. Eventually we came to the Mirador Penya del Cullerot (an amazing jade blue lake). The views were absolutely stunning. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Guadalest and had a fabulous time visiting the Antonio Marco dolls house museum, the ancient vehicle museum, micro - gigantic (tiny sculptures) museum, Casa Orduna museum, the Ethological Museum and salt and pepper museum. We enjoyed coffee and cake at one of the cafes We would recommend a visit, because Guadalest is a charming village that is drenched in history with a castle and lots of independent cafe bars.
Written 15 July 2022
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Jez896
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Brilliant little castle/house perched on a hill about 30 minutes drive from Benidorm. Entrance fee is €4 /adult. Plentiful parking nearby (€2), lovely little Old Town & couple of museums make for an enchanting day out. Stunning views from top & lots of information about in different languages.
Written 13 February 2020
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OK Claesson
Stockholm, Sweden442 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Guadalest is beautiful. It is quaint. Accessible by car from Torrevieja, 1 hour drive. And so worth the visit. The highways and the normal back roads were good. The GPS was great help. We parked in the town centre at a public parking which costed us 2 euros for the day. It is very scenic as is located pretty high Up in the hills. The town was unusally quiet and welcoming. The Streets are clean, cobbled. There are Little shops as you walk through the town. We had the impression it was a Little bit of hustling. These shop owners selling all kinds of things that had nothing to do with Guadalest. All kinds of junk...baseball bats for example with GUADALEST imprinted on them. Take or have a Good pair of walking shoes, water, maybe even something to munch on walking through this Little city. It takes 1 hour maximum. Enjoy the scenery. We bought a bottle of Olive oil and pomgrenate balsamic vinager as they Said it was made there, we decided to give it a try. Visit the Orduna House, there have access to the castle, 4 euros per person. There is another museum of how People lived back in the 18th century in Guadalest: was very interesting, entrance here was free. Have fun! We did! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Written 1 August 2020
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Joan A
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Family
This place is a "must see". And when you walk up through the house and Castle (entry €4) the views you see of the surrounding hills are amazing.
The place its self is stunning, with its jade coloured water, and white chalk like rock.
Lovely day out for all.
Written 17 February 2022
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Caroline1967
Halifax, UK374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Friends
Lovely village. Lots to see, id especially recommended Casa Orduna. You clime right up to the top of the castle, amazing views.

We visited the doll house museum, salt and pepper museum and microgiants museum. A few €'s to get in so worth a look for something different.

We had lunch at Cafeteria El Castell, great value. They had a 2 course meal for €10 and lots of other snack and meal options.

We visited with Roundtown Travel, through getyourguide. It was part of a trip moving onto Algar Falls. Def a day trip worth doing and only €20 including entry to the falls
Written 25 September 2021
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lee w
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Stayed for a week between Altea & Calp and saw Guadalest mentioned on tripadivsor. We had a hire car so we went there for half a day to have a look. We absolutely loved the place. It was about 45 minutes drive from Altea and the views from the top of the castle were wonderful. Spent an hour walking around the house and another hour or so around the castle and shops. We had a ceasar salad at the restaurant just at the castle exit turnstile and although it was just a salad ( it was a hot day so we wanted a uick snack ) it tasted absolutely gorgeous and probably the best we had over the week. Some nice little touristy type shops around there as well.
Written 28 June 2022
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel41,440 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is a lovely castle-like house to visit.
Apx. 5 USD would get you inside the house, which in itself is anything but impressive.
However, there's a lovely exhibition of paintings of Guadalest, which is lovely, and if you make it to the top of the house and then continue to climb to the top of the castle, the view is stunning, especially if it's a bright day.
Written 3 October 2021
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