‘’There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds’’

G.K. Chesterton

Guadalest, or to give one of Spain’s landmark locations its birthday name, El Castell de Guadalest, sits high up in the Guadalest Valley, an area so spectacularly beautiful that it compares favourably to some of Europe’s most cinematic regions such as the rolling hills of Tuscany and Portugal’s Douro Valley.

It is true that Guadalest receives busloads of tourists from all parts of Spain, however, this is largely confined to times during the peak summer season and Easter. Outside of that, you will encounter the most visually appealing of any Spanish village, understated in many ways but most definitely memorable.

Guadalest Street

Its narrow streets, boutique shops and independent restaurants are a sheer delight. As you meander through the village, heading up to the castle and passing through a 15-foot-long tunnel cut into the mountain, you will alight upon a delightful square providing astounding panoramic views of the valley and reservoir below. 

You can quite easily make your base in Guadalest. With multiple food options in and around the village, you are perfectly placed to enjoy an authentic taste of Spain. The reservoir offers freshwater fishing, kayaking and an 8-mile circular walk around the water’s edge. Further afield the Gauadalest Valley is a cyclist’s dream with its undulating roads and scenic vistas.

So, maybe it’s time to head for Guadalest and find out why inland Costa Blanca is as good, if not better, than the coast.

Guadalest Reservoir