The castle is located on the peak of the mountain. You can reach it by elevator. The view are extraordinary, not only of Alicante and her cathedral, bull ring, emblematic buildings, but there’s also a marvelous panoramic view of the port. You could spend hours there taking in its beauty. Imagine if you were there during sunset too…
Before crossing the tunnel dug in the rock, Guadalest Castle rises dramatically in front of you. It is worth spending some time enjoying the panoramic views towards the sea and much of the Marina Baixa. When you reach the medieval castle, feel free to approach the large square, which also serves the nearby lookout over Guadalest reservoir and the mountains, with its changing light throughout the day. Cottages http://www.Toprural.Com/comunidad-valenciana/alicante/casas-rurales-guadalest_rm-es-3075.htm Guadalest
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The day I visited the castle it was closed, so I couldn’t visit it on the inside, but I thought it was very pretty on the outside and magnificent at night. I go a lot to Burgos and when we come back we pass the towns of Alicante and see the illuminated castles, which is wonderful.
The castle was constructed at the end of the 17th century by the Arabs that occupied all of Valencia at that time. King Jaime I conquered it in 1240 and, since then, it has undergone several transformation and reformations. The castle, better known as the Villena castle or, as some locals call it, the Santa Bárbara castle. These happens in many Spanish municipalities, where due to a lack of interest in conserving the artistic heritage, the original name of the structure has been forgotten. It’s when the town hall decides to “baptize” these marvelous places with a name in order to remember it by.
The castle look impeccable from the outside: spotless walls, almost as well kept as our houses and a good organization system for the tourist visits. It has some privileged views of the entire city and the surrounding areas.
A castle full of life these days, it's fantastic castle both inside and out and especially at night all lit up. The playground for many children ve play in the interior, while parents talk quietly. The celebrations of Santa Pola are also nice, the castle is full of people with outfits of the patron saints, recalling the history of this fortress.
The Banyeres castle situated on a 830 meter high spur at the foot of the Mariola sierra. It was constructed in the 17th centrury and is of Muslim origin. The 20 metertall homage tower really stands out.
The afternoon couldn´t be better. I got to know several people while I was looking for the castle entrance. The back entrance was closed and the front was under construction, who in their right mind does construction after the summer? Overall, it was a couple of fun and entertaining hours.
Aside from its beauty, the views from the top of Banyeres couldn´t be any more spectacular. They literally have the town at their feet.
Pretty, very attractive town, but the castle didn’t impress me much. It felt too modern, as it was recently restored, with too much cement… It was, however, inexpensive. It cost 1 Euro for the visit. The interior chambers were the best part, as well as the view from the top of the towers.
The Petrere castle is pretty and well cared for. It watches over the town from above. From there the city of Elda and the town of Petrer, separated just by a street, seem miniature. You can observe the city’s enclave along the interesting Vinalopo river, which at these heights, is too small and narrow to see. To get here, you have to imperiously cross Petrer’s old quarters. Be as careful as possible, as the path is steep and tiring. I’d recommend that you go slowly and calmly along the path. Enjoy it and… you’ll eventually arrive at the castle.
If you see this castle, it’ll look familiar since it bears a great resemblance to Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia. Obviously, the dimensions are quite different, but this castle is adorable. It’s been renovated inside and is as fascinating inside as it is outside. It’s one of the few castles in the area that has an interior worth visiting. It is, without a doubt, one of my favorites.
It is worth climbing to the castle see the wonderful view of the town and surrounding area. You can see the Vega Baja del Segura and Tabarca Island. In 1829 there was an earthquake and as a result, the area shows a few signs of neglect.
Only some of the castles ruins are still standing nor much is left of the old Municipal Cemetery which is also located here. The ascent to castle Polop, the Via Crucis, the name of the hill that takes you right to the top is the best thing to do in the village. From here the views are amazing and go on for miles. On days as nice as this one you can see the town perfectly. The beauty of the environment dominated by Mount Ponoig (1,180.) or "the sleeping lion, mixes in with the agricultural landscapes. As the climb is huge rock surrounding the footing, the views are constantly changing as you move up. As is also continuing the wheelchair ramp it is difficult, but it is there. Great photo opportunities ...
Also known locally as the Castle of Altamira, this castle stands strategically above the palm trees and oversees everything that happens in the city. The truth is that there is no better view of Elche. It also offers visitors the chance to stroll around the park's lush green oasis.
The inside is a little bare, but it has a renovated courtyard and a museum. The outside, however, is absolutely wonderful!
It is very central and everyone you ask will know where it is. It was built between the 11th and 18th centuries and features a mixture of architectural styles. The Museum of Archaeology and History of Elche is also right next door.
Magnificent guided tour inside Castillo de Villena, the friendly guide tells you all the secrets that this castle keeps. The castle has Almohads remnants (XII century), the Vaults of the first two floors of the tower of homage, and souvenirs of the Marquis Spaniards who lived here between the beginning and the end of the fourteenth century. The courtyard contains a cistern that is preserved almost in its natural state and the keep has hand-made recordings scratched on the wall by prisoners, because for a long period after the War of Succession the tower served as a prison. In short a visit to the castle is a journey through the history of Villena, broad and eventful.
The climb to Castell is because you have to do it by car, and then it's a little tiresome. It's basically a steep 1000 meter climb from the Belvedere where you find your feet, on what is known as White Peñeta, and walk to the top of the hill. The road has exceptional views and it goes around the hill and there are views of practically all the towns of Cocentaina, of the old part, which is south, and the rest of the towns in the east and north (more grown and modern). There are even crafted stone benches to rest in the middle of the climb and enjoy panoramic views of Cocentaina while quietly seated and relaxed.
Polop Castle is of Islamic origin, although they have found remains of the Iberian period as well. It became prominent after the conquest of James I, but remained Muslim until the revolt of Al-Azraq. During the war of germanías, it became well known for the slaughter of the Moors. Neighbors of the population had taken refuge in the castle, fleeing the Vicent Peris militia who had rebelled against the nobility. After several days of siege, they proposed to convert to Christianity in exchange for being forgiven. The militias did not respect the deal and massacred more than 800 people. The rest of the people fled, leaving Polop uninhabitated.