‘’The lake and the mountains have become my landscape, my real world’’

Georges Simenon

One of the three B’s in the Guadalest Valley, Beniardá probably just nicks it over Benifato and Benimantell in terms of scenic setting. As you leave the CV-70 and slowly descend down the CV-757 you’ll soon begin to appreciate why it earns top ‘charming village’ billing.

Surrounded by the pine-clad mountains of Aitana, Serella and Xortà, this natural amphitheatre is a haven of peace and tranquillity. Yet being so close to Guadalest Reservoir a range of aqua activities from paddle-surfing to kayaking are on your doorstep. It is also the perfect place for Wild Swimming, especially from Playa de Guadalest – a small man-made beach area you can walk to from the village. If you’re here in June, there’s an opportunity to take part in the annual reservoir crossing organised by Alcoy Swimming Club.

Beniarda village

For hikers, Beniardá serves as a trailhead for many routes in the Guadalest Valley, including the challenging Mallada del Llop which courses its way up past Abdet. If fiestas are more your thing, stay in Beniardá during September to experience Les Fadrines festival, a riot of sound and colour to awaken this sleepy spot from its normal slumber.

A gentle walk through the village itself is an obvious pleasure, stepping into centuries-old streets, and listening to the subdued chatter drifting out from half-open doors.

When it comes to a spot for lunch, Bar L’Era is highly recommended, serving authentic tapas and paella with stunning views back up to Benimantell and Guadalest.

Bar L'Era Beniarda

Beniardà Highlights