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.