This picturesque fortified town located on a massive rock is the most visited town in Spain, book your excursion to Guadalest
This Santa Barbara Castle Map shows the location of the various parts of the castle. Click a name in the left column below to highlight the location on the map.
Panoramic view of Guadalest Old Fortified Town and lake Guadalest taken from Guadalest Castle
Guardalest Church is the building on the right
View of Guadalest with important features listed
Guadalest is the most visited town in Spain with more than 2 million visitors a year. When you visit Guadalest you will soon realise the reason why. It is extremely picturesque located on a shear sided mountain overlooking and providing magnificent views of the river, the dam which forms a lake, the valley of Guadalest and more craggy mountains.
The picturesque Guadalest bell tower perched on a rock pinnacle is now the icon for the Alicante province of Spain and the Costa Blanca.
The town has been built in 3 major stages
Both the "Moor portion and the fortified sections of the town" are interesting to view, but the fortified section is the place to head for. Most of the residents have now moved out to local newer towns and have turned there old houses into restaurants, bars, tourist shops, museums and similar ventures to benefit from the tourist boom. Some of the shops have very interesting knickknacks, and craft made items besides the usual tourist goodies. Ideal as a personnel souvenir or as a gift for a relative or friend.
This photograph helps visualise the dramatic scenery in the Guadalest region. Just look at those fabulous rock formations
Guadalest New Town built by the Moors is in the foreground and the Modern town is towards the top of the photo beyond the main road and car park
The Guadalest Moorish New Town in the middle of the photograph. The ramparts of the castle are on the ridge of the mountain, to both sides of the white Guadalest Bell Tower. The entrance to the fortified town is at the foot of the crack to the left of the Bell Tower
Access to the fortified town and castle is gained through a tunnel named the "Portal de San Jose", which is a 15 metres long tunnel carved through the mountain side solid rock. This is the only way into the fortified town
The Famous Bell Tower of Guadalest is located on top of a rock pinnacle and is the iconic logo for the Costa Blanca and the province of Alicante
Guadalest Bell Tower and square tower of the Alcozaiba Castle in the background
On top of another rock pinnacle is a round watch tower, (Penon de la Alcala) of which only the lower portion remains. Access to the tower is extremely difficult. making it a good defensive position for the castle.
Guadalest Town Square, with Town Hall behind the statue and light feature.
The man under the tree is sat on top of the rear wall of the fortified town. There are fabulous views looking over the reservoir in the valley below, and the backdrop of hills on the far side of the valley. The rear wall is really a facing of stone over the solid rock face.
The Town Hall was formerly the towns prison and visitors can see one of the dungeons located underneath the Town Hall
Access to the castle ramparts is gained through the Orduna House Museum the first house in the fortified town of Guadalest. A small fee is payable to view the house and the castle.
The castle was built by the Moors in the 7th century on the highest part of the massive rock outcrop. Because of its location it was virtually impregnable and it's ruinous state was caused mainly by earthquakes and finished by gunpowder during an attack in 1709
From the rear of Orduna House Museum (see photos below) runs a set of modern stairs through the shrubbery gardens to the castle on the crest of the ridge.
The views from the top are stunning and coin operated binoculars are available to use.
The way out from the castle is vie a route that takes you to the far end of the fortified town near the town hall.
The final exit from the grounds controlled by a one way turnstile.
The stunningly magnificent views from the castle are simply breathtaking and well worth the climb to the top.
The exit from the castle is at the other end of Guadalest fortified village by the Village Square
Orduna House was built in XVII XIX century and is located just inside the entrance to the fortified town of Guadalest. Originally belonging to the Orduna family who served the castle owners as castle guardians and governors to the estate. The house was purchased by local council and turned into a museum in 1994.
You have to pass through the house for access to St Joseph Castle.
Orduna House has 4 levels. Keep a lookout for the following as you go through the house
The 15 metre long slopping tunnel carved through solid rock is the only way into the fortified town. Opposite the tunnel exit is Orduna House (Casa de Orduna)
Guadalest Casa de Orduna Museum
Orduna House the municipal museum is the first building inside the old town entrance. Entrance to the castle located above is through the house and its grounds to the rear of the house.
Tourist and a young man delivering a gas cylinder continue up the slope from the tunnel towards Orduna House
Casa de Orduna Living See our write up of Casa de Orduna above
There is also a beautiful several ton Bethlehem Nativity scenario made from stone, brick, bonsai trees, plants & iron that took 20 years to make.
Located at Virgin Street, 2 in the moors town on the way to the entrance to the fortified town.
Located on the road to Guadalest from the coast, after Callosa d'en Sarrian near to the El Riu Restaurant.
Open Summer: from 10:30am to 8pm.
Open Winter: from 10:30am to 6pm.
See objects such as:
Calle del Sol, 2
See objects such as:
Open Summer: from 10am to 8pm.
Open Winter: from 10am to 6pm.
Calle Pena, 1. Postal Code: 03517 Telephone: 965 885 062
Barbaric medieval to almost present times instruments of torture and execution gathered from Europe.
Calle Honda, 2. Located in the Old town
This excursion from Benidorm is called Costa Blanca Nature and Sightseeing Tour and includes Guadalest,
& Al gar Waterfalls.