The white-washed bell tower is situated beside the Guadalest Castle, which was damaged in 1848 when kegs of gunpowder exploded. In 1974, the fortress was declared a Monument of Historical and Artistic Value. The municipality meanwhile has remained quite small with a population of about 204.
Guadalest is set among the Aitana, Serella and Xorta Mountains and was a military stronghold dating back to 715 AD. Guadalest Fortress was ruled by several Aragon kings.
Upon your arrival, follow the narrow streets upward and pass under the arch and marvel at the simplicity of its facades. You will come upon a spectacular square with an awesome view looking down to valleys to the Guadalest reservoir which services the northern region. On an especially clear day, even the Mediterranean is in full view!
This sleepy town holds a wonderful fiesta to its patron saint; La Virgen de la Asuncion each year from August 14 to 17.
Deep in the valley below Guadalest is the stunningly beautiful, turquoise-blue lake of Rio Guadalest. Established by the construction of a dam built between 1953 and 1964, lake is over 25 metres deep and 270 metres long and supplies much of the water to many of the towns along the Costa Blanca. The lake can be seen from most viewing points in Guadalest and is an excellent backdrop against which the picturesque and popular pueblo of Guadalest can be seen.
Points of Interest and Places to see in Guadalest
This home belonged to a noble family whose roots date back to the 17th century. Some of the furnishings, artwork and linens are intact as during its past. Many consider the Library one of the most attractive features of the home, which contains 1265 volumes. On the upper floor is the Exhibition
Hall offering the numerous of art works (both contemporary and traditional) depicting only Guadalest through the artists eyes. During the month of July, an international artist show is in place outdoors set against this wonderful backdrop of this manor house.
Casa TÃpica Museum
This is partially a reproduction of an existing house of the XVIII century which depicts self sufficiency in the small village. A bread oven, with a pantry, and different tools for agricultural work, and with furniture and clothes of the period are just some of the items on display.Within the home you will learn how oil was made with all the machinery and tools for the preparation from the vine to the finished product.
This museum would certainly interest children to view several kinds of miniatures through magnifying glasses. Some of the highlights are the Statue of Liberty inside a needle, a Picasso work of art painted on a seed and a Goya on a grain of rice.