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El Castell de Guadalest

 Guadalest
Guadalest, Spain - the Eagle's Nest carved into the Mountain. The Eagles Nest.
Located on the CV-70, 25 km from Altea, is the village of Guadalest. El Castell de Guadalest or briefly Guadalest is a Valencian town and municipality located in a mountainous area of the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province of Alicante, Spain.
 
Best views in Spain El castell de Guadalest
 
Occupying one of the most stunning, beautiful and interesting places in all  Spain, this small village is precariously perched on the pinnacle of a granite mountain, giving fabulous views across the valley carved out by the River from which the village takes its name this is must see and not to be missed tourist destination in Spain.
Best places to visit in Valencia, Spain El Castell de Guadalest
Getting to Guadalest by the twisting road that climbs ever upwards, passing through the village of Polop, is almost as spectacular as the position of the village, but the breathtaking views make the drive worthwhile even for the more nervous passengers!
 
Places to visit near Valencia, Alicante, Benidorm. El castell de Guadalest
Perched high on a crag in a sea of mountain peaks, the little whitewashed village of Guadalest is huddled under the ruins of an ancient castle. Once it was a strategic military outpost, but it lost its importance after earthquakes devastated the region and irreparably damaged the castle. Thanks to its stunningly beautiful  location and the picturesque charm of its old-fashioned lanes and squares, Guadalest is now one of the most visited and most beautiful villages in Spain and one of the best places to visit. Lots of quirky museums, cafés and souvenir shops, Guadalest has hung onto its medieval tranquillity and charm.
It's a fabulous drive from Alicante, or Benidorm, or Altea the mountain roads, the amazing views and on the way don't miss a really interesting motor cycle and souvenir shop at
http://museovehiculosguadalest.com/tienda/
VALLEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM GUADALEST VEHICLES
CRTA. CALLOSA D'En Sarria - GUADALEST, Km.7
03517 Guadalest
Alicante
TEL / FAX: 965 88 21 97.
Here you will find over a one hundred vintage motor cycles, some at least may well be completely new to you.
motor cycle museums in Spain Guadalest motor cycle and car museum
 
http://museovehiculosguadalest.com/tienda/
 
Noah's Ark Rescued Animal Zoo
Arche Noah, Valle de Guadalest - Benimantell.
Tel: 96 597 23 59.
Open from 10 am to 8 pm
EMAIL: info@arca1.com
 
On the outskirts of Guadalest is a small zoo where all the animals have been recued from lives of cruelty or lack of care. One of the benefactors is Queen Sofia
and she drops in from time to time unannounced wearing her wellies.
 This is not a flash place but has a really good feel to it as you wander around the natural paths and enclosures to see  the various animals both large and small. There are detailed information boardsfor each animal detailing the tough lives they have lived. A good place.
May now be closed due to new laws.
 
 
The pretty mountain village of Castell de Guadalest remains attractive and unspoiled and one of the best places to visit in Spain with spectacular views. The old castle situated impossibly at the top of a cliff is in a world of its own and gives wonderful views over the surrounding hills, lake and countryside. The approach to the castle is on foot by a short footpath from the main village.
An old Moorish village and the effect of their work can clearly be seen in the terraces cut into hillsides so as to enable crops to be planted.
Their are tourist shops and museums, cafe's and local amenities.
 
One of the atrractions is 
The Museo de Micro Miniatures
where you can see a microscopic version of Goyas 'fusilamiento 3 de Mayo' painted on a grain of rice. also Goyas 'The Naked Maja' painted on the wing of a fly; there is also a scuplture of a camel passing through the eye of a needle.
Contact telephone 0034-965885062
open daily until 9pm April- September
 
Guadalest, Spain - the Eagle's Nest carved into the MountainThe Eagles Nest.
Close to Altea and Benidorm but in reality a world away is the amazing village of Guadalest. Occupying one of the most stunning, beautiful and interesting places in all Spain, this small village is precariously perched on the pinnacle of a granite mountain, giving fabulous views across the valley carved out by the River from which the village takes its name.
Getting to Guadalest by the twisting road that climbs ever upwards, passing through the village of Polop, is almost as spectacular as the position of the village, but the breathtaking views make the drive worthwhile even for the more nervous passengers!
 
On reaching Guadalest you can see why the Moors, who constructed castles to defend the area, considered this place a site of strategic importance.
Some of these castles were unconquerable and the remains of several can still be seen today, even though they were bombarded in the 18th century during the Spanish war of Succession.
However the building you will see on most of the postcards is the whitewashed bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which seems to cling to the mountain face.
Intriguingly the old village and castle is accessed through a tunnel carved from the rock and when you reach the other end and see the ancient houses, you seem to have been transported to another age.
 
Guadalest has plenty of museums, so you can learn more about its history, little crafts shops and places to buy a souvenir of your visit. Costing only a few euros the visit through the tunnel to the village is definitely worthwhile as the castle tour (starting at 10am) takes in the dungeon (great for the kids) and offers fantastic views across the valley from cobbled footpaths and lookout points.
 
The population of only 200 people now dedicates itself entirely to tourism, hence some of the area's best museums being located here. If you want to be transported to another world when land was fiercely defended, don't miss a trip to the village of Guadalest!
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Guadalest Tourist Office: Tel. (+34) 965 885 298

 
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Tourist Info Castell de Guadalest

Avda. de Alicante, s/n
03517 El Castell de Guadalest (Alicante)

Telephone number: 965885298
Fax: 96 5885385

E-mail: turismoguadalest@guadalest.es
guadalest@touristinfo.net

 
Micro-Gigantic Museum

Address: Calle del Sol, 2
Postal Code: 03517
Summer timetable: from 10 to 21:00 h.
Winter timetable: from 10 to 18:00 h.
Monday to Sunday.
Price: Adults: 4,00 €, Children: 3,00 €
Adult group: 3,00 €, Children group: 2,00 €
Description: In this museum you can find two collections: miniatures you can look at through magnifying glasses and giant sculptures.
Among the miniatures, the most important are:
• A bull ring on a pinhead
• A bible written on a hair
• A flea riding a bike on a seed
• The church and the tower of Guadalest on one quarter of a centimetre
• An ant playing the violin
• A miniature of the Kremlin
• A village built on a bone of two centimetres.
 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
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