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El Castell de Guadalest, known locally as Guadalest, covers an area of some 16 sq km. Guadalest is situated about 67km north west of Alicante. Take the A7 north towards Benidorm and the Callosa exit and follow the signs to Guadalest.
On a mountain peak, with houses set in the rock, Guadalest overlooks a deep valley through which runs the Guadalest river, and therefore it enjoys one of the most spectacular locations in the Alicante area. It has a population of around only 250 but is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Costa Blanca.
The walled village, which is reached through a small tunnel carved into the rock, is gorgeous and has many small craft and souvenir shops, restaurants and museums. For just a few Euros, you can take a tour of the inside of the castle and the ramparts where you will be rewarded with some stunning views of the surrounding valley, reservoir and down to the Bay of Altea. Tip - Wear sensible shoes!
There are (at the last count!) 4 main museums in Guadalest, comprising of :
MICRO GIGANTIC MUSEUM - miniatures through to giant sculptures
DOLLS HOUSE MUSEUM - beautifully decorated dolls houses plus a giant nativity scene
TORTURE MUSEUM- torture and execution exhibits from medieval times to the 20th century
RIBERO GIRONA ART MUSEUM - contemporary 20th Century art and architecture
For when you are hungry or thirsty, there are a great selection of restaurants both within the walled town and outside, some with stunning views, serving both Spanish and International dishes.
All in all, Guadalest is a great day out for all the family!