If you have any doubts that happiness exists, you have to visit Guadalest in the province of Alicante in Spain. You hardly notice this small town (even a village in fact) on the map, because it has only a couple of hundreds inhabitants. But the glory of the heavenly place, located in 25 km from Benidorm and the beaches of the Costa Blanca, elevated it above a lot of much larger municipalities.
Your heart will soar there both in the literal and figurative sense of the word, because a big part of this small town is situated on the rocks - at an altitude of 400 m above sea level.
Guadalest will please your eyes by visible history, which counts more than 10 centuries. Much of its heritage has been almost destroyed, but up to nowadays, at least partially, has been restored.
Once an impregnable fortress of XI century, erected by the Moors, now an important landmark.
Castle of San José XII century - the upper point of the town.
Casa Orduña - during many centuries , home of the noble family which ruled the town, with a special hall dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin, an old library, local ceramics and samples of previous centuries comfort. Only at the end of the last century, a descendant of the family sold the villa to the local municipality, and now it's a museum.
8-meter-long tunnel, hewn in the rock, helps to get into the upper part of the city.
Masterpieces of nature
Stunning views of the surrounding cliffs and rough vegetation. Simply overwhelming views from above the turquoise storage reservoir, which was once the river.
There are 8 very special museums in this small town. Historical vehicles museum, Torture museum in the former Moors prison, Antonio Marco Dolls Houses Museum, and, last but not least, Guadalest Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum, which contains 20000 fantastic exhibits.
Do you still doubt that Guadalest is a great destination? More than two million tourists visiting it every year, believe me, don't have any doubt about it. I have heard that it is the most visited place in Spain after the Prado Museum in Madrid. Guadalest is in fact a marvelous open-air museum!
How to get there?
They say that you can take the bus №20 from the center of Benidorm to Guadalest. But it's timetable is not very comfortable for tourists, you'll not get a lot of time to stay in the fairy tale. It would much better to rent a car or to book a tour from Benidorm and Alicante.