Enjoying a lofty position in the Costa Blanca's mountainous interior is the charming village of Guadalest. With a hand hewn tunnel as its only access, this once secluded village is now one of Spain's most visited and certainly a highlight when holidaying in the nearby coastal resorts. The awe inspiring beauty of the village and surrounding Guadalest Valley brings tourists in their droves and for its small size and population, the village boasts a superb array of attractions and was declared a Monument of Historical and Artistic Value in 1974.
Through The Tunnel
An extremely strong and easily defended fortress in days of old due to its mountaintop position and reinforced tunnel being the only way in, Guadalest has stood the test of time and today's visitors venturing through the tunnel are treated to a little bit of magic. Wondering the narrow streets and alleyways visitors will find ancient courtyards and quaint plazas where cafes and tapas bars spill out onto the streets creating a wonderful festive feel to the village.
Certainly the most enchanting attraction for children is the famous Dolls House Museum, made possible through many years of hard work and dedication by just one man, Antonio Marco. It is a wonderland of miniature pieces of art where even the tiny house's table lights work.
There are a further 8 museums in the village including the fascinating Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum, one dedicated to torture instruments and the superb Classic Motorcycle Museum housing over 100 collectable motorcycles as well as micro cars and an assortment of other collectables, all lovingly restored.
Climbing & Dining
A climb to the pinnacle tower and ramparts rewards visitors with panoramic views over the lake and valley all the way down to the glistening Mediterranean sea and is a great way to work up an appetite. The evenings in Guadalest when the sun is setting over the mountains is a magical experience, and a friendly social atmosphere can be enjoyed in the superb choice of bars and restaurants offering local specialities and a selection of international dishes.
When the tapas bars and restaurants are too full, as they can get during peak season, grab some lovely local produce in the village shops and head for Guadalest Lake. With the green forests of the valley hugging the shores, the lake is a perfect spot for a picnic and refreshing swim. There are walking paths and trails around the surrounding countryside and a mini cruise around the lake can be enjoyed on a solar powered boat.