GUADALEST RESERVOIR AND THE AITANA
Guadalest, this stunning Mountain town is located just inland from the towns of Benidorm, Altea and Albir on the Costa Blanca of Spain and dates back to the 12th Century, during the Moorish occupation of Spain. This picturesque town attracts over 2 million visitors a year and is the second most visited Castle in the whole of Spain. What gives this town its beauty is that the Moors carefully constructed the castle on top of a mountainous outcrop, with the only access to the towns square, castle and cemetery being through a 10m long tunnel which was carved out by hand during its construction.
Located in the Guadalest valley, the views from Guadalest are simply wonderful. Looking south from the towns square you see the highest peak on the Costa Blanca, the Aitana, then looking to the north along the Mountainous ridge line of Serrella you feel dwarfed in this land of Spanish Mountainous countryside. Then look to the east and you will see the magnificent Mediterranean Sea and the famous costal town of Altea.
This fortified town was originally built with defence being a priority, they done such a good job in fact, making use of the natural geography of the land and their brilliant construction skills, that Guadalest was one of the last remaining Moorish strongholds.
Guadalest Reservoir is also another great attraction, sitting just below the town, its serene, turquoise waters and magnificent Dam is almost as impressive as the towns Castle and definitely worth a visit.
With a population of just under 200, Guadalest has an almighty 8 different Museums, from "Salt & Pepper" Museums to its Micro-Gigantic Museum.
There is also an abundance of outdoor actives in this area, from Rock Climbing to Mountain biking.
Outbound Adventures also organise many different walks in the area, Guadalest Reservoir being one of them, not to mention if you want to see this amazing town from above, why not try Tandem Paragliding over this amazing town, a memory never to be forgotten thats for sure.