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“Fantastic views, ideal statring point for hiking”
Review of Guadalest Valley

Guadalest Valley
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Guadalest Private Shore Excursion from Alicante
Ranked #2 of 138 things to do in Alicante
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Reviewed 6 April 2012

The Castell of Guadalest offers fantastic views on clear days. The area is quite touristic and it's difficult to find some recommendable places to eat/drink. We normally go hiking in the mountains nereby. Drive to the nearby village Benifato and take to the left passing through the village. There is a nice hiking trail (walk for about 2,5 hours) where the road stops at Font de Partegat. Bring a map, warm clothes and some water.

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Reviewed 30 March 2012

Day trip to Guardalest

This is the most visited spot on the Costa Blanca and well worth a visit.

Our day out was in glorious weather and the mountain air was fresh but warm.

The road up snakes tirelessly and it's a slow climb especially if you get stuck behind a coach as we did. However, we did get the chance to look back towards the coast and the fantastic views.

We parked up and were charged for the privilege.......and headed into the town.

It is spilt into two parts: inside and outside the fortress or Arrabal. The fortress looks inaccessible and is entered by a tunnel: The San Jose gate. It opens up into a village with cobbled streets, the grand Casa de Orduna (Admission Fee 6€) the church and the cemetery, castle ruins and bell tower at the highest point.

Its picture postcard stuff, with the Castle Square and school, which is still in use.

From here you get a panoramic view of the reservoir which is like surreal green-blue mirror.

It is a delightful walk around the narrow streets and it has a Moorish feel about it.

The Moors choose this place as a stronghold in 1609.

It has touristy shops as well as some bars and restaurants. The latest novelty on offer are the curio museums, from the typical 18th Century house which houses the Ethnological Museum of the Guardalest valley, the Microgiant Museum, the Bethlehem City Museum with its architectural models to the most recent, the Torture Museum.

You can buy handmade lace as well as local produce including honey, nuts, olive oil and preserves.

There are plenty of restaurants on the way to the Town and the best thing to do is to go back that way.

Try Pedros...

Be warned the drive to Alcoi is long, twisty and tedious and not really worth the trip.

2  Thank PaulaMc
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Reviewed 23 March 2012

Having spent much of the last 8 years in the Alicante region we had never visited Guadalest, bing put off by all the tourist hype. We finally made a visit this month, and have to admit it is certainly worth the trip. February/March is spectacular in the mountains, and its worth driving through from Guadalest, maybe up to Alcoi or perhaps cutting back down through Sella or Relleu. The blossom (cherry and almond) is spectacular at this time of year.

Guadalest itself is, of course, full of tourist shops - buts its location and attractiveness more than compensates for this. Not sure we would want to visit in July or August when it must be heaving, but I'm sure we'll go back again out of season.

3  Thank LooeMan
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Reviewed 22 March 2012

Very pleasant area with lots of local history. Be prepared for some steep climbs but the view is worth it.

1  Thank Alan D
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Reviewed 17 March 2012

Driving to Guadalest is a journey with stunning views. Guadalest village is beautiful, just a bit touristy but what can you expect when such a beautiful village has such fantastic views?

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