The little village Guadalest (about 200 inhabitants) is only about 45 minutes from Calpe. From some of the small cafes and restaurants in the village you have direct sea view and yet you think you are in a completely different country – yes, to have arrived in a very different time. In the middle of the mountains you find this very special jewel.
Guadalest is a medieval fortress, built in the 11th century by Moorish settlers, only accessible through a tunnel. Directly below the castle is a water reservoir which supplies Benidorm and other coastal villages with water. Approximately two million people visit Guadalest each year. Nevertheless, or perhaps because of this, Guadalest is a “Must see” in your holiday on the Costa Blanca. The tourist offer is incredible:
- 15 cafes, bars and restaurants in Guadalest
- 8 museums
- 36 shops
- Navigation on the reservoir of Guadalest
- Hiking and biking around the reservoir
- Incredible views of the valley of Guadar to the sea
- Sport climbing with over 300 climbing routes, perfectly secured
Sport climbing at Guadalest?
Yes, the Costa Blanca is not only a paradise for sun-seekers and those seeking relaxation. But also climbers from all over Europe travel to the Costa Blanca to indulge their sport every year. As of October, when the temperatures are a little cooler, the season for the climbers begins. The top-three hotspots at the Costa Blanca are:
- Guadalest – with its climbing routes for all areas and usually only a few minutes Approach
- Calpe – with its superb climbing routes partly seafront and the Ifach
- Sella – the classic Kletterort a few kilometers inland with numerous trails from the 6th grade