A trip to Guadalest

More inland of the Costa Blanca and well hidden in the mountains you can find the old village of Guadalest. The unique thing about this ancient village is that is almost completely integrated into the rocks.

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The village of Guadalest is about a 45 minutes drive from seaside resorts such as Calpe, Moraira, Altea, and Benidorm. The almost thousand-year-old village is entirely built around a castle. The castle simply called "El Castell de Guadalest", has been an important defense point of the Moors against the Spaniards for many years. The village has its name from the river with the same name crossing it.

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Because Guadalest was only accessible through an entrance carved out of the rock protecting the village, it was easier to defend. On the other hand, the castle had towers that protruded above the rocks like an Eagle's nest so intruders could be spotted well on time and be attacked. That is why "El Castell de Guadalest" is also called the Eagle's Nest of Spain.


Guadalest has 220 inhabitants, but every year about 2 million tourists come to visit the Eagle's Nest. If you are in the area then a stop is definitely worth it. Below the Fort are a number of museums, restaurants, and souvenir shops.

Picture by Harry Fabel

From the village square, you have a view of the Guadalest Valley and the turquoise reservoir. You can also visit the remains of the castle and the old house opposite the entrance.

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