ESSENTIAL Guadalest Tourist Guide: Advice & Tips from Locals

Guadalest is a small village on the Costa Blanca and it has become a very well known and much visited tourist destination.

In part this is because of it’s close proximity to Benidorm which allows for tours to be offered to Guadalest as it is only 30 minutes drive from the coast.

Guadalest is a very pretty and historic small town and you will see the spectacular images of Guadalest on many Costa Blanca postcards.



What to See and Do in Guadalest

Guadalest is one of the most popular tourist attractions on the Costa Blanca. Guadalest is a village sitting on top of a mountain. The village appears perched on a tiny pinnacle rising into the sky which makes it look absolutely amazing. This gives beautiful views of the green valley with many other mountains in the background.

Guadalest is famous for two buildings.

First is Guadalest castle (Castell de Guadalest) which can only be accessed by walking through a 15 foot long tunnel carved out of the rock. This is known as the Portal de San Jose. No wonder the castle was so secure!


Tunnel into Guadalest

When you get through the tunnel you see the old village houses and it feels like you have entered an ancient time. You can visit the restored house of the Orduna family to get an idea of what it used to be like living in ancient times in Guadalest.

The streets of Guadalest are cobbled, there are little squares, a school and an old jailhouse.


Guadalest Cobbled Streets

Make sure you look to the right of Guadlest and you will see beautiful views of the valley which contains a dam and reservoir – the Embalse de Guadalest, built between 1953 and 1963.

The other famous building that you will often see photographed or on postcards is the white bell tower of Penon de la Alcala which rises up seemingly precariously perched on the mountainside.


Guadalest Plaza (Square)

The village of Guadalest only has about 200 inhabitants and needless to say most of these work in tourist related jobs. You will find many shops selling souvenirs, crafts and local produce such as honey, wine, handbags etc.

Guadalest also has a number of small museums many of them converted from little caves in the mountainside.

A trip to Guadalest need only take half a day and you can then be back on the Costa Blanca’s beaches or by your pool but do make the effort because it is a worthwhile sightseeing trip and adds another dimension to your Costa Blanca holiday.

The castle at Guadalest was built by the Moors over 1,300 years ago. In 1609 King Felipe the third ordered all the Moors to be expelled leading to an uprising after which the Moors were defeated and left Spain.

Also of note was in 1848 when powder kegs blew up (the reason is not known) the castle was abandoned.


Monument at Guadalest


The Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum) has more than 20.000 salt and pepper shakers from all over the world!

Andrea Ludden has collected for more than 30 years, and has another museum in the USA, in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which has another 20.000!

The museum is at Avenida de Alicante 2, El Castell de Guadalest, 03517 Alicante, directly on the main parking area, and is totally accessible, with no stairs or climbs. It is entertaining, educational, and apt for the whole family. The children love it!


Andrea at the Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros


Guadalest webcam show live pictures and images of the pretty little village of Guadalest situated 30 km inland from Benidorm. You may also find these webcams referred to as Guadalest cams. Guadalest is now famous for being one of the most visited tourist sights of the Costa Blanca.


Guadalest Castle

Guadalest is said to be the most visited village in Spain. The village has a tiny population of approximately 250 people and is located amongst spectacular mountains.

Guadalest itself rises out of the ground sitting on a pinnacle of rock. To enter the village you have to go through a tunnel carved out of the rock and inside you will feel you have been transported to an ancient time.

Below we have a list of available Guadalest webcams. Just click on the links to see live webcams of Guadalest.

Webcam of Guadalest Castle – see amazing views from Guadalest’s castle which sits perched on the top of the mountain.


Guadalest Reservoir

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Getting to Guadalest – Map

From Benidorm you drive towards La Nucia heading towards the mountains. The twisting road has some spectacular views as you pass through the village of Polop toward Guadalest at 600 metres above sea level.

Guadalest is situated and located in the Sierra de Aitana mountain range and is approximately 25 kilometres inland from Benidorm.

Below we have an interactive guide and map of Guadalest for visitors and tourists visiting the village of Guadalest.

This free Google map of Guadalest can be used as a streetmap, a map of hotels, as a way of getting driving directions to Guadalest or as a map showing the main tourist attractions and sights in Guadalest.

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We recommend you take your time when visiting Guadalest and take a break for a long leisurely lunch. There are a couple of restaurants just before you reach Guadalest which have lovely views but they are fairly expensive. In the actual town of Guadalest there are many restaurants. We recommend the Restaurant El Tossal which is up to the right of the main car park and slightly off the beaten track but much less touristy and a genuine place where the locals of Guadalest eat out.

The Menu del Dia of approximately ten Euros is great value with HUGE portions!

We also must mention this recommendation from Mr & Mrs Hay: “Can you please mention the El Riu – a fabulous Spanish restaurant on the road up to the fabulous Guadalest fortress. It is a lovely stop off either to or from a visit to Spain’s most famous tourist attraction. A family run treasure of a place – lovely choice of menu, especially good value the Menu del Dia. We ate there numerous times in 2009 and found the food and the service to be excellent.”


Where to Stay – Accommodation

Althought there are no hotels in Guadalest it is possible to stay in accommodation in the Guadalest area. A rural house called El Molinet is a rural house divided into 5 apartments.

Guadalest Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)

Guadalest Tourist Office (Castell de Guadalest – Castle)
Address: Avenida Alicante s/n (Aparcamiento). 03517. Guadalest (Alicante – Alacant).
Telephone: +34 965 885 298
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00 h. and 15:00 to 17:00 h.

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  1. Nicolas ML says

    There is an audio tour guide in Guadalest. It costs just 4 euros and it guides you automatically through the old town. You can rent it inside the Museo de Saleros y Pimenteros (Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum).

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