About Guadalest

Guadalest is a small, but well known tourist town with a picturesque castle overlooking the valley of Guadalest. The municipality is located in this valley and bordered by the highest mountains in the province of Alicante. The town enjoys a Mediterranean climate, but differs slightly from the coast, with cooler winters and milder, pleasant summers.

Guadalest existed in the Muslim period, was conquered by the Christians in the middle of the thirteenth century. In 1644 a massive earthquake destroyed the castle and it was rebuilt by the Orduña family later.

In the upper part of the town, is an attractive street, full of shops  and museums, the San Gregorio square with it’s beautiful views of the surrounding mountains, the Parish church, the Town hall, with it’s dungeon and the Orduna House.

The ascent to the highest part of the Castle of San Jose begins at the Municipal Museum “Casa Orduña”, offering charming views of the town and the surrounding countryside.

Relaxation, good food, gifts and souvenirs… all can be found in the small world that these streets form.

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Things to see in Guadalest

Castel San Jose

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The San Jose Castle originates in the eleventh century, but the preserved remains are from the twelfth century. It holds the local cemetery and was aimed to defend the population. El Castel de Guadalest is not very well preserved as it was destroyed by two major earthquakes. The fort was hosting the entire village, all of it was part of the castle and is surrounded by mountains. It was declared a historical monument.

 

Museo De Miniaturas Microgigante

P1050887Unique in the world, in this museum you can admire a bullring constructed on a pinhead, the bible on the cross section of a hair, a flea riding a bicycle along the edge of  a seed, the gateway and bell tower of Guadalest on a quarter of a centimeter, an ant playing the violin, Rubens’ “Three Graces” carved on the point of a pencil, Self portrait of Manuel Ussa carved on a grain of sand, possibly the smallest self portrait carved in stone in the world and a painting by el Greco on a grain of rice and many other works in miniature, contrasting the large sculptures which form the micro-gigantic art of Manuel Ussa

Casa Orduña

P1050669The Grand House, of El Castell De Guadalest, or “Casa Orduña” was built after the great earthquake of 1644 which devastated the region and demolished the buttress of the castle, by the Orduñas family of Basque lineage.

The house sits on an irregular plot. One half of the eastern side is supported by the overhangs of the rock while the other half to the west occupies areas over the chapels on the right hand side of the neighbouring church. The structure is supported by stone masonry walls. Timber, plaster and ceramic brickworks form part of the construction. It has four levels and a wine cellar, all of which are accessible by various stairways.

All the furnishing in the house belong to the Orduña family and correspond to the their period of highest wealth and status. The decorations characterise the aesthetic taste of the bourgeois who lived trough the political  changes of the second half of the XIX century. The building was a grand house in a small village, immersed in a close rural environment far removed geographically from the influences of the important cities.

From the antique staircase, that descends to the ground floor, you can gain access to the Castle of San Jose.

Museo De MicroMiniaturas Manuel Ussa

P1050450The incredible collection of micro-miniatures that you can see in this museum will surprise you beyond your imagination.

  • the Statue of Liberty within the eye of a needle
  • Goya’s “Maja Desnuda” painted on the wing of a fly
  • a rose painted on a rib of a hair, twenty times smaller than  one millimeter
  • Vekasquez “Las Meninas” on a grain of corn
  • The scupture of an elephant engraved on the eyes of a mosquito
  • a grayhound race on a rib of hair
  • Picasso’s “El Guernica” painted on a single seed

and many more works of art, whose original art and unique miniature creations  due to their microscopic size and difficult realizations seem impossible.

Museo Etnológico. Casa Típica del Siglo XVIII

DSC_0072Permanent exhibition on the life and work of the inhabitants of Guadalest since the eighteenth century to the twentieth century, divided in to parts

  • Everyday and domestic life
  • Agricultural production

In the Everyday and domestic life section you can see, pantry, a real reproduction of the household, an oven for baking bread, barnyard animals, various tools for farming and bedroom furniture and period clothing.
The Agricultural production part shows the process of developing the oil through a mill with machines, tools and instruments. Also,  the reproduction of a winery and tools for growing grapes. And finally, the scale model reproduction of a working cereal mill, tools for cultivation and threshing.

Free entry, although donations are accepted for the maintenance of the museum.

Museo de Antonio Marco. Belén y Casitas de Muñecas - Bethlehem and dollhouses

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In the Museo de Antonio Marco. Belén y Casitas de Muñecas you can admire about 19 years of impressive  work by Antonio Marco consisting of   “Ecological Nativity Scene”, the “Doll houses” (scale 1:12) and the “Antique Toys” collection, all  fascinating artwork full of beauty and originality.

Antonio Marco aquired his professional training in the old vocational schools of Arts and Trades, going trough workshops of carpentry, trim and wroguht iron, electricity, linear and artistic drawing together with trades technology. With this knowledte he achieved his vocational passion for crafts and miniature. He builds and desgns houses and churches in a 1:12 scale, unique in the world, made out of stone, clay, tiles, wood, iron, and brick walls, decorated inside with bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, wooden furniture and lights.

Visit the museum’s home page for picture gallery.

Museo de Instrumentos de Tortura

P1050274Museum of middle age capital punishment and torture instruments – a visit not for the faint-hearted. You will be petrified by all these torture  instruments utilized during the Middle Ages that you will see in this museum. The criminals preferred dying by the executioner’s capital punishment rather than dying by the warders hands who practised tortures hard to conceive in the present days.

The collection consists of more than seventy different instruments, from those used in “Questioning Sessions” like the “Chair”, the “Rack”, the “Judas Cradle”, the “Pendulum”, the “Heretic’s Fork” etc.. to those for reserved for the capital punishment such as the “Axe”, the “Wheel”, the “Stick”, the “Guillotine” and the “Garrotte”

Other interesting instruments we can also find the “Shrew’s Fiddle”, the “Mute’s Bridle”, the “Chastity Belt”, the “Hanging Cell” to complete the totality of this thrilling collection.

Descriptions of the exposed artefacts are available in Spanish and English.

Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros

P1050876The museum consists of over 20,000 salt and pepper shakers from around the world. A really great exhibit of art and culture, dating from the nineteenth century to the present.

 

Visit the museum’s home page for picture gallery.

Barco Solar Guadalest

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Up to 80 passengers can enjoy the ride on the solar boat in Guadalest water reservoire offering a unique look of the city from below.

Visit the solar boat’s home page for more info and booking (spanish).

Museo Vehiculos Historicos Valle de Guadalest

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A collection of over 140 motorcycles and various small cars, all restored to perfect conditions, dating from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.  The family owned business is a great place to spend a whole day admiring the vast collection of gorgeous antique  motorcycles, small cars, and a number of vintage objects such as sewing machines, typewriter, coffee machines, telephones, radios, which makes it a set of pieces of great admiration. After more than 25 years of work, recovering and restoring motorcycles and microcars, Don Ricardo Fraces Segui opened in 2003 the doors of the Museum of Historic Vehicles “Guadalest Valley”.

Located in the valley of Guadalest River, next to the restaurant “El Riu” 5 km from Callosa d’En Sarria, Guadalest 7 km and 20 km from Benidorm

This small complex consists of the restaurant “El Riu”, with more than 25 years of experience, the Kiosk “El Riu” where you can find local products, and the Museum-Collection of Historical Vehicles “Vall de Guadalest”.

Visitors will find a large garden and ample parking for both cars and buses.

Visit the museum home page for opening hours, more info or reservations for large groups.

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Accommodation in Guadalest

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Cases Noves

Cases Noves - Adults Only is set in the historic village of El Castell de Guadalest, 20 minutes’ drive from Benidorm. Each room includes a hydromassage shower, free Wi-Fi, 42" flat-screen satellite TV and an iPad.

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El Salat

Venta El Salat Apartments are a 20-minute drive from Benidorm. They are located in the historic village of El Castell de Guadalest, in the Guadalest Valley. Each air-conditioned apartment has a living room with a sofa and TV.

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Alojamientos Rurales Aitana

These heated apartments in Guadalest have a furnished balcony and offer wonderful views of Castell de Guadalest Castle. There is a bar next door, which serves breakfast and lunch.

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Rincón De Pepe

Featuring free WiFi and a restaurant, Rincón De Pepe offers accommodation in El Castell de Guadalest. The hostel has a terrace and views of the sea, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant.

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Events In Guadalest

Fiestas en Honor a San Gregorio

Celebrated in the first week of June, the Fiestas in honor of San Gregorio are also called “party of youth”, because the young people are responsible for the entire organization. Various festivities and sports competitions are organized.

Fiestas Patronales en Honor a la Virgen de La Asunción

Organized from 14 to 17 August of each year. The most relevant programs are the following:

  • drawing contest for children
  • presentation of the Queen and Proclamation of the parties
  • Procession from the Orduña House to the church
  • Snacks offered by the city to the invites, neighbours and friends of El Castell de Guadalest
  • The second morning there is an offering of flowers to the Virgin of the Assumption, parade with the band and evening cultural activities
  • The third morning parade and Mass there and in the afternoon hildren’s attractions.
  • The fourth morning parade and Mass there. In the afternoon highlights the procession in which the patron saint is carried around the village to the Orduña House. At night the party ends with  fireworks.

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