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Travel || Guadalest and the Mountains near Benidorm

I mentioned in one of my first Benidorm posts that Guadalest and the mountains near Benidorm were my favourite things that we visited.  It was on our final full day in Spain that we broke away from the alluring clutches of the beaches and the city and went a bit higher up with Marco Polo Expediciones. We all clambered into the back of an open-top jeep and rumbled off up into the hills. 

Though my hair didn’t fair particularly well, my spirits certainly did as I fell in love with the absolutely picturesque village of Guadalest. It was all winding steps, cobbled streets, and colourful shops. The valley below is absolutely lovely; not to mention the fact that it was situated above one of the bluest lakes that I have ever seen.

For a town whose main business is clearly tourism, it was busy, but not overwhelmingly so. And there were also very, very few English tourists, which is a shame because its history is so interesting! Guadalest is home to several former castles – one of which is of Islamic origin dating back to the time of the Moors in Spain. (The influence can be seen on things other than just architecture – Spanish bears a really interesting Arabic impact – an obvious one is “ojala” (I hope/wish/hopefully) from the Arabic “wa sha allah” (should God will it) which you can hear when it’s said aloud.) 

It all looked a bit like something out of a fairytale. I took hundreds of photos of the Penon de la Alcala, the white bell tower that rises up out of the top of a mountain that can be seen for miles around. And it actually rung whilst we were sitting underneath it, which was thrilling! To get into the Castell de Guadalest you have to go through a 15 foot long tunnel carved straight into the mountain itself. This opening is called the Portal de San Jose. Once you go through it, you can really understand why Guadalest was so hard to conquer and why it was so strategically important! 

Guadalest is less than a 30 minute drive outside of Benidorm and I can’t recommend it more highly! 

Penon de la Alcala

Visiting this area is probably my favourite overall memory of the entire trip!

Have you ever visited anywhere that looked similar? 

And thank you to IceLolly and VisitBenidorm. I was there as their guest but all my opinions are solely my own. They showed us such a phenomenal time that I couldnโ€™t recommend them more highly! 

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  • What a picture-perfect little town, looks so idyllic and beautiful.

  • That view looks absolutely beautiful. I’ve been to Spain, but I’ve never been near the mountains. Beautiful photos Amanda! x

    Kayleigh |

  • Wow, it looks so lovely! I really want to get to Spain in the next year or so. I need a Europe trip!

    • Spain is one of my favourite places in Europe so I really hope you get the chance to visit! x

  • This place looks so cute. I love those little streets. Spain is such a beautiful country. I really hope that one day I’ll be able to visit it. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  • Laura Torninoja

    SO beautiful! The view from up the mountains, looking down on that lake looks absolutely gorgeous – it must have been breathtaking being up there! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

  • Wow it’s just beautiful, and I just can’t get over the colour of that lake! Alice xxx

    • Isn’t it insane?! I couldn’t believe turning the corner and then bam! This lake in front! x

  • Such lovely photos of what looks like a lovely place

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  • really beautiful!

  • Ohhh I’ve wanted to go to Guadalest since coming across a photo of the little castle on the hill last year. This has made me want to go even more, it looks beautiful!
    Sophie xxx | Sophar So Good

    • I’m so glad that you’ve heard of it before! I had know idea and I think more people should! x

  • Wow, it looks absolutely gorgeous! It seems like one of those places I could happily just wander around without a set destination. (Though I do have to say, lol at the torture museum. It makes me laugh how those can almost always be found at various tourist destinations. What is it with humanity’s fascination with torture methods of the past?)

    Asti ||

    • Haha right? So off that there are so many of them! But now that I think of it, Guadalest was home to so many strange museums (besides torture): there was the salt and pepper shaker collection as well as the museum of miniature things! I’m not even joking! x

  • Awesome photos! Love the small streets. Seems like it wasn’t too packed when you went!