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“Walked around the lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Guadalest Valley

Guadalest Valley
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Guadalest Private Shore Excursion from Alicante
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Javea, Spain
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“Walked around the lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2013

The scenery was wonderful the walk took 2 and half hours, well worth it. Following the walk went into Benimantell a near by village for lunch at the Venta La Montana restaurant, very Spanish, good food.

Visited January 2013
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newbury uk
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“Guadalest castle/village - a gem only 30mins from Benidorm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Guadalest can be approached from s.Benidorm on CV70 or from n.Benidorm CV775. If you are on CV70, then switch over to the CV775 at Popollo as the journey up to Guadalest on CV775 is more spectacular ie you get glimpses of the hilltop town up in the sky as you get nearer vs CV70 you approach it from above. There is a tourist office right by the carpark (there are at least 3 carparks as a lot of people do day trips to here). The castell is open 10.15-18.00 from where there are fabulous views down to the coast and inland up the valley. NB at least in January when we visited all the cafes, shops closed at 18.00 - the town literally shuts up shop. I suspect in the busier months there are restaurants/shops which remain open for tourists in the evening. Nearby attractiions = a municipal swimming pool is just down the slope, also you can take trips out on the lake. On CV775 back towards Benedorm there is Altea another pretty village and waterfalls called Fonts del Algar. Restaurant recommendations in Guadalest are Restaurante Mora and El Tossal, both very close to the carparks. Best one though is on the way in or out El Riu, which is fantastic. Popollo is also meant to be nice as a village. Guadalest can definitely be done in a day and might be fun to stay overnight in when it would be much quieter in the summer months (though there arent too many options accomodationwise - Cases Noves appears to be the best)

Visited January 2013
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Amazing scenery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2013

Went here in January. No tourists, only locals; very nice and roomy. Interesting museums, the house and the castle is amazing. The surroundings are mind-blowing, the lake is green, and the entire area is covered in olive and orange trees.

Visited January 2013
5 Thank TMBP
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Altea, Spain
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“Beautiful, Peaceful, etc. etc. etc.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2013

Restaurant El Riu situated between Guadelest and Callosa de Ensarria, it is a favourite for our family and friends, also there is plenty of other good restaurants there

Visited January 2013
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Beautiful valley with great views and nice Orduña House museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2013

The Guadalest valley is beautiful when its good weather. Its main attraction is the castle remains, dating back to the Moorish times in 715AD, with a nice museum on a hill top.

I visited the place in January 2013 with few tourists around and beautiful weather. The entrance to the first level of castle grounds with some tourist shops and restaurants is free.

From there you will already have nice views over the valley.

When you go to the Orduña House museum and pay a small entrance fee (€ 3,- / January 2013) you can get up to the higher levels of the castle and get stunning views. You can see the reservoir below that was formed when the river Guadalest was dammed.

The Orduña House museum is very nice and tells the story of the family that lived there. You have four levels and an attic with several small stairways leading to it. All the furnishings of the house were donated by the family de Orduña when the house became a museum. There are lots of interesting details.

There is a large reception area, wine-vault, kitchen, dining room, pantries, yards, horse-stables, etc. The library is very interesting with a large number of books of various shapes, sizes and bindings.

Next door is a small church which is free to visit

The old part of town below the castle, "el Arrabal", has little streets and squares with the majority of shops, craft shops, museums and restaurants.

The newer part of the small town has huge parking lots so it must be busy in summer.

Visited January 2013
2 Thank SeimenBurum
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