On a nice sunny morning we decided to revisit Guadalest ( know by locals as the Eagles Nest) Just a short 50 minutes drive from our house.
We were joined by Maurice and Ann our friends or should I say we joined them as Maurice was driving. They had never been before so it was a first visit for them. We arrived at 11am and the first stop was a nice little restaurant for coffee and sit on the open terrace and take in the stunning views of the valley below and the med in the distance.
There were very little tourist there as it was the 16th of May, too early for most tourist. It was still busy though but not crowded. The view that has most people who see it for the first time (and say wal) is the turquoise reservoir, it is stunning and beautiful and the surrounding mountains reflect in the lovely waters. There are lots of shops, small bars, restaurants and museums, Intriguingly the old village and castle is accessed through a tunnel carved from the rock and when you reach the other end and see the ancient houses, you seem to have been transported to another age.
The Eagles Nest.
Located on the CV-70, 25 km from Altea, is the village of Guadalest. Occupying one of the most stunning positions in Spain, this small village is precariously perched on the pinnacle of a granite mountain, giving fabulous views across the valley carved out by the River from which the village takes its name.
Getting to Guadalest by the twisting road that climbs ever upwards, passing through the village of Polop, is almost as spectacular as the position of the village, but the breath-taking views make the drive worthwhile even for the more nervous passengers!
On reaching Guadalest you can see why the Moors, who constructed castles to defend the area, considered this place a site of strategic importance.
Some of these castles were unconquerable and the remains of several can still be seen today, even though they were bombarded in the 18th century during the Spanish war of Succession.
However the building you will see on most of the postcards is the whitewashed bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which seems to cling to the mountain face.
Guadalest (The Eagles Nest)
A must visit village at the top of a mountain.
We spent a lovely day in Guadalest in the hot sun of April with temperatures reaching 28 degrees. This is the summer starting in Spain and with long hot days starting now we intend to travel about and sight see. Guadalest is a small town on the top of a mountain with a little over 200 inhabitants.
The views are stunning and the turquoise reservoir below is beautiful. There are lots of parking spaces and lots of tourist shops, restaurants and bars.
The castle at the top is a hefty climb up a lot of stepps but worth the visit.
The video below gives some views of the features and area.
El Castell de Guadalest, known usually as Guadalest, is a small town in
Valencia, in a mountainous part of the comarca of Marina Baixa, in the province
of Alicante, Spain. Guadalest covers an area of 16 sq km, and has a population
of around 200 inhabitants. Guadalest is approximately 25 kilometres inland from
Benidorm along CV-70 road.
Alicante At Easter.
Last year we visited Alicante to see the Semana Santa Easter Parade. It was well worth the 30 minute journey to see this solemn to celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ. The noise from the drums could be heard all over the city and the weather was fantastic. There are similar fiestas and parades all over Spain at this time of the year but normally the weather can be unpredictable.
Semana Santa is Spain’s version of Easter – it’s bigger, better, more pious and more Spanish than any eggs and bunny equivalent you’ve experienced elsewhere in the world.Semana Santa goes on for more than week, rather than the usual four days that is common in the US and UK.Domingo de la Resurreccion (Resurrection Sunday) is on the same day as our Easter Sunday.
Seeing men dressed up in outfits that resemble the American klu klux clan can be quite intimidating even although they come in all differen bright colours.
The ladies are normaly dressed in black and walk very slowly behind the men.
The video below will give you an idea how seriously the Spanish treat this very religious week and how it is worth seeing.
Happy Easter everyone.