Guadalest is a small village of only 204 inhabitants situated 25km inland from the town of Benidorm. It is located in a valley, and is surrounded by the highest mountains in the province of Alicante. To the North you can find Sierra Xortá (1126m), to the South is the Sierra Aitana (1558m), and to the West you can find the Sierra Serrella (1361m). The municipality of Guadalest covers an area of 16,12km2 and the altitude is 595m.
Guadalest is a major tourist attraction, having been declared a ‘Monument of Historical and Artistic Value’ in 1974. It charms over 2 million visitors every year and is truly a spectacular sight. Guadalest is the most visited village in Spain and is perched on top of a mountain overlooking a picturesque reservoir. The Penon de La Alcala Tower enjoys a loft position above the village and the quaint village itself can only be reached through a tunnel which provided a strategic defensive point in days of old. Here visitors can stroll around the narrow streets where you will find souvenir shops, cafés and a collection of 8 small museums. The most visited of these, Dolls House Museum is the creation of one very gifted man, Antonio Marco who spent 15 years creating his wonderful collection.
After exploring the beautiful Guadalest you can drive or walk to the lake below and take a trip on the solar powered boat across the reservoir. The trip is about 1 hour in duration. The price is 6€ per passenger and under 2 years of age are free. This is also a very pleasant place to enjoy a picnic or BBQ whilst trying your hand at a bit of fishing. Indeed, the lake and its surrounding countryside provide excellent hiking trails and opportunities to camp for the night.
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