Situated about 20 minutes drive inland from Benidorm, the enchanting village of Polop enjoys a picture perfect hillside setting surrounded by stunning mountains. Granted the regal title of Barony of Polop in the 13th century, exploring the village rewards visitors with spectacular views at each twist and turn of its narrow streets where time seems to stand still. Perched on top of the hillside is an old Moorish fortress reached by a steep cobbled walkway where the views just keep getting better and reach all the way to the coastal towns and out to sea.
A major focal point of Polop is the picturesque Los Chorros Square where the sound of running water from its 221 ancient spring fountains is magnified by the stone walls. Pine, fruit and palm trees are scattered throughout the village offering welcoming shade to relax in or enjoy refreshments and sample the delights from the local bakery.
Built in the early 18th century, the bell tower of St Peter's Church reaches almost as high as the hilltop and a walk around its interior reveals soaring archways and high vaulted ceilings. Polop has a small Wednesday market, and for its size the village's tapas bars and restaurants offer a surprisingly diverse selection of cuisine.
Although many visitors could quite easily spend the whole day here enjoying the laid back village life and spectacular views, most stop in for a visit on their way further into the mountains. This beautiful region of the Costa Blanca is home to many a hidden treasure such as the spectacular Algar Waterfalls that cascades over rocks and through steep gullies into a series of natural pools, making the perfect setting for a picnic and dip in the icy waters. The falls are also home to one of the largest cactus gardens in Europe and the exciting Dino Park.