ESSENTIAL Villajoyosa Tourist Guide: BEST Things to Do & See

Villajoyosa is a hidden gem of a tourist resort located on Spain’s Northern Costa Blanca shoreline neatly sandwiched between Benidorm and San Juan.

Villajoyosa is also known locally as La Vila Joiosa.

To get to Villajoyosa you can either fly into Alicante airport or Murcia airport.

Once at the airport you have a range of different airport transfer options to Villajoyosa including private shuttle buses, taxis or Villajoyosa car hire.

Torreón Malladeta, Villajoyosa

Torreon Malladeta, Villajoyosa – Photo by Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons

Villajoyosa is known to have the whitest sandy beaches in the whole of the Costa Blanca and having blue flag status.

Villajoyosa is architecturally so colourful it reminds one of the Brazilian cities namely Salvador de Bahia.

The long stretch of white sand is framed by a promenade with bars and restaurants mostly of a Spanish nature with plenty of palm trees providing the necessary shade for a good day out.

The beach also has an extensive play area for small children.



Main beach in Villajoyosa

There are three main beaches in Villajoyosa La Platja Centre (Central Beach), close to the city centre.

There is also El Paradis beach and Xarco beach with a watchtower and Torres beach with a Roman Tower.

There is a small cove used for diving and naturism, the Racó del Conill and the Bon Nou and La Caleta beaches with their sparkling, clear waters are also worth a look.



Villajoyosa coastline

Villajoyosa has some great walks along the coast, this is known in Spanish as Caminos de la Costa. The Xarco walk heads south after you have crossed the River Amadorio, highlights include the shrine of the Virgin de la Salud, the Paradis and Bol Nou beaches and the Xarco watchtower.

You can also try the Cala walk, heading north this route is more rocky with cliffs, highlights include the Arrabal houses, the Bay of Vila Joiosa, fishing harbour and the Estudiants, Torres and Raco del Conill beaches as well as the Roman funeral tower Torre de Sant Josep.

Villajoyosa Tourist Attractions and Sights

Valor chocolate factory

Valor chocolate factory

If you want to book a vacation to Villajoyosa the nearest airport to fly into is Alicante which is roughly a sixty minute car journey away.

Villajoyosa is home to the famous Valor chocolate factory. Valor is the brand of chocolate most commonly sold at the local supermarkets like the Mercadonna, Masymas, Eroski and Carrefour (in nearby Benidorm).

The Valor Chocolate factory makes for a good day out and also has many visiting school children from the local schools.

Market day in Villajoyosa is on Thurdays. Fish markets are held on a daily basis in the port and flea markets are held on Sundays.


Villajoyosa is a very Spanish town with few expats living here compared to other towns on the Costa Blanca. If you are searching for Villajoyosa property or Villajoyosa properties then you should know that mostly the town consists of apartments with villas situated mainly outside the town in the small villages inland from the town and the coast.

There are plenty of properties for sale in Villajoyosa, our inmobiliaria and Villajoyosa estate agent page will be of most help to you.

Excursions and Day Trips

Villajoyosa is only five kilometres away from the hustle and bustle and attractions of Benidorm. If a quiet beach holiday is what you are after then you have come to the right address. You always have the option of enjoying all the nightlife Benidorm has to offer as well as the theme parks.

Benidorm is home to Mundomar (meaning Sea-World), Aqualandia a fabulous water park with rides and flumes, Terra Mitica is an ancient world themed park with rides, entertainment and roller coasters as well as Terra Natura with its animals, entertainment and with Aqua Natura its own water park.

Villajoyosa weather consists of long hot summers and mild winters because it has a Mediterranean climate it also appeals to people coming here out of season to escape the cold dreary Northern European winters.

There is much to do and see in Villajoyosa but for trips outside of Villajoyosa we suggest and recommend day trips to Alicante, Altea, Calpe or try a day out in Guadalest or the Algar Falls.

Playa Centro, Villajoyosa, España

Playa Centro, Villajoyosa, España – Photo by Diego Delso, Wikimedia Commons

Villajoyosa Tourist Information Office (Oficina de Turismo)

La Villajoyosa Tourist Office
Calle Colón, 40 (Chalet Centella), 03570, La Vila Joiosa/Villajoyosa.
Telephone: +34 966 851 371
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, from 09:30 to 15:00 h. and from 15:30 to 20:00 h. Saturdays from 10:00 to 15:00 h. Holidays, from 10:00 to 13:30 h.


Town Hall: 965 890 562
Local Police: 965 890 050
Guardia Civil: 965 891 143
Post Office: 965 891 230
Fire Brigade: 965 854 080
Red Cross: 965 891 400
Health Centre: 965 895 385

Murallas de Villajoyosa

Murallas de Villajoyosa – Photo by Relleu, Wikimedia Commons

Hotel Accommodation and Where to Stay

Although there are many hotels in Villajoyosa you won’t recognise any of the names because there are no Sheraton or Hilton hotels here or other international brand-name is that you may recognise.

There is a good variety of hotels to spend your vacation such as the Hotel Montiboli which is a five star hotel. To receive a quote and check it out in greater detail have a look on the Hotel Montiboli website or call 965 890 250.

Another highly recommended Villajoyosa hotel to stay at is the Euro Tennis Hotel. For further information, pictures and rates you can look on their website or call 965 851 121.

The Apartments Magic Beach Atrium is an apart-hotel so that you can have the best of both worlds. The Terramar Apartments and La Cala Apartments have also proved to be popular with vacationers.There are also many villas and apartments to rent if you would like to have the flexibility to go the self-catering route.

Some hotels in Villajoyosa such as the Hotel Montiboli which is a very famous hotel are outside of the town centre and there is no way you can walk into the town. There is however a bus service, otherwise consider hiring a car which you can then also use for a day trips and excursions to places of interest on the Costa Blanca. Note also that the best beaches are those by the town centre of Villajoyosa.

There are many excellent restaurants in Villajoyosa and fish dishes are a speciality as you would expect being on the coast. Most Villajoyosa hotels will offer a half board or full board option if you prefer to eat in.

The Spanish tourist board rates each hotel with a star system. At the entrance to every Villajoyosa hotel will be a plaque showing the official hotel rating. This is in the form of stars with a one star Villajoyosa hotel being the most basic hotel standard in Villajoyosa to a five star Villajoyosa hotel being of the highest possible standard.

Five Star Hotels in Villajoyosa


The 5-star Montiboli Hotel

Five star hotels in Villajoyosa such as the hotel Montiboli are the most luxurious standard of hotel possible and of course the most expensive. Expect the highest standards of service and quality. Most five star hotels in Villajoyosa will have additional health facilities such as health and spa centres.

Hotel Montiboli

Address – Partida El Montíboli, Villajoyosa. Telephone – 965 890 250.

The Hotel El Montiboli is located just south outside Villajoyosa on a spectacular clifftop location with stunning views. This five-star hotel run by the Servigroup chain of hotels has its own private beach (La Caleta beach) with bar and sun loungers although this beach is mainly pebbles. The hotel rooms are very comfortable and set in small traditional white Spanish buildings with great views views. The Hotel Montiboli was designed by M Lopez. The restaurant ‘El Emperador’ is very good, especially the local fish and rice dishes. Try also the Restaurante Minarete.

Villajoyosa Hostels

Hostels are a very economic form of accommodation and of course it must be expected that the standards are very basic. Hostels in Villajoyosa are best suited for students and backpackers on a budget.

Most hostels in Villajoyosa will require you to share a room with other guests and also share bathrooms. Still if you are looking to cheap accommodation in Villajoyosa a hostel would be a good choice.

Below is a video featuring a number of interesting places and industries found in Villajoyosa.

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