Fortress of the XI century, it was built by muslims. It is located on top of a rock in the higher part of the area of the town. During the Middle and Modern ages, the castle was very important due to its strategic situation. The 1644 and 1748 earthquakes and the bomb attack in 1708 in the Succession War were responsible for its destruction.
The “Grand House” of El Castell de Guadalest or “Casa Orduña” was built after the great earthquake of 1644, which devastated the region and demolished the buttress of the castle. It was built by the Orduñas, a family of Basque lineage. They came to the kingdom of Valencia with the Infante Fortuna de Navarra; they later went into the service of the Cardonas, admirals of Aragón. D. Sancho de Cardona received the title of Marques of Guadalest in 1543. As the family enjoyed the complete confidence of the marqueses, they were sent to Guadalest and served as guardians of the fortress and governors of the estate for almost three hundred years.
XVIII century construction from the Baroque period, ascribed to José Sierra The church is situated in the old part of the town, just beside the Nobel house of the Orduña’s. This construction was built between 1740 and 1753 over the plot of land where the primitive temple used to be and dates from the Christian Conquest (XIII century). The church was burnt and plundered during the Civil War and was again changed in 1962, shortening its length and changing the ground floor, this led to the loss of the cupola and the transept. Between 1995 and 1996 we undertook the task of renovation and interior decoration in order to save the present day building.
The collection consists of about 140 motorcycles and several micro - cars, in perfect condition and original from the 20’s to the 70’s that will transport the visitor through time and see vehicles from the past. The museum is located in a large area of 500 m2 which surprises visitors. Apart from motorcycles and cars, the museum has a collection of ancient artefacts such as sewing machines, typewriters, coffee makers, telephones and radios, all of which are well worth seeing.
There are two museums like this in the world, one in Tenesse, United States and the other in El Castell de Guadalest. The museum has more than 20.000 original pieces worldwide, many of them very old, there are pieces from 1800 to the present. It’s all thematically selected. There is everything that you can imagine.
In this museum you can see, among other amazing objects, the Statue of Liberty in the eye of a needle, a flea dressed as a bullfighter, Goya’s The Shootings of the 2nd of May painted on a grain rice, the Nude Maja painted on the wing of a fly and an extensive collection created by the prodigious hands of Manuel Ussà, one of the world’s best microminiaturists. Address:
The museum was created to raise awareness of the lifestyle and work of our ancestors in the Vall de Guadalest. The museum is set in a typical eighteenth century house of El Castell de Guadalest, built on the rock. The town was a stronghold of Arab origin, and you get to it through a tunnel dug into the rock, the door of which is still preserved. The museum has information panels (in the main European languages) and brochures which are given to visitors.
In this museum you can see, among other amazing objects, a bullring built in the head of a pin, the book of the Bible made of hair, a dressed flea riding a bike, self portrait carved in a grain of sand and an extensive collection of miniatures which seem almost impossible. The artist Manuel Ussá needs to control his breathing to be able to do such delicate work.
The Casa Orduña was built after the great earthquake of 1644 that devastated the area and ruined many of the castle’s rooms. It was built by Orduña family, strain of Basque origin who had come to El Castell de Guadalest as confidants of Cardona, Admirals of Aragon. D. Sancho de Cardona received the title of Marquis of Guadalest in 1542. The Orduña family were in the service of the Marquis wardens of the fortress and governors of their states. The house was burned and looted during the Spanish War of Succession (1708). In 1756, D. Pedro Antonio Garcia Buenaventura de Orduña entered the Military Order of Santiago thereby achieving access the noble estate.
Located a few meters from Guadalest, the restaurant gives guests a privileged view of the city, the mountains Xortà, Bernia and Aitana and crops in the area. José Sales and Amelia Gomis began a new stage with Nou Salat, having had the restaurant El Salat for 16 years before. Now their children share this adventure with them. Two generations involved and passionate about the world of cooking and catering.
Visitors will find cosy rural apartments with wonderful views of the castle and the Costa Blanca area. It is located in the car park with easy access to the village. Individual and groups can stay in the apartments. In El Castell de Guadalest visitors can buy souvenirs, taste food, walk through the streets and enjoy the views. Comfortable atmosphere.
It is an old flour mill that takes its name from its former owner, belonging to the family Orduña, ancient feudal lords of the town, and Governors of the province of Alicante. Its thick stone walls and its location, give it a unique and noble character. It is located on the banks of the river Guadalest, a stream from Algar river which is nearly dry.
The personal touch. Toni and Sofia run this rural accommodation in the Vall de Guadalest, located inland from the busiest beaches. The couple bend over backwards to make their house a modest but charming place. A place where people can find adventure activities. Some people will go to the ravines, others will find the most inaccessible rocks with their climbing equipment, others will prefer mountain biking, horseback riding, or simply take to the mountains on foot. You can sit by the fireplace in the living room, have tea in the reading room and dinner in the dining room. You can also enjoy the terrace from where you have views of Aitana mountain, the bay of Altea, Bernia mountain, Guadalest Valley and the castle. On Saturday night, there is a special dinner (up to 10 picaetes). All kind of snacks from the Valencian Community.
It is the perfect rural home for your rural tourism getaway, it offers six cozy rooms overlooking the picturesque castle of Guadalest, the Xortà, Serrella and Aitana mountains. This house has both a single room and several double rooms with possibilities for three and four beds; families are welcome. Our house is located in a perfect area for rural tourism, hiking, trekking and many other outdoor activities. We offer the ideal rural accommodation with our own restaurant and barbecue.
It is located in the centre of the village, in the Vall of Guadalest. The establishment is divided into four apartments. You can enjoy the charm of the streets, the shops, the museums, the local gastronomy and the picturesque swimming pool. You can also do activities such as: descending ravines, climbing mountains, hiking, horse riding and cycling. Altea, Benidorm and the beaches are only twenty minutes from El Castell de Guadalest. Relax, enjoy the magnificent countryside and feel at home in these apartments. Don’t miss a visit to El Castell de Guadalest.
Destination Guadalest - Boutique Apartment by Cases Noves, has a 2 - 4 people capacity. It is located at the entrance of this village, in the residential area. The apartment that we offer you has magnificent facilities. A living room with terrace and barbecue, kitchen with all the necessary facilities and gallery, 2 bedrooms with double beds and 2 bathrooms (1 with whirlpool bath (hydromassage) and another more functional one with shower), but let’s see in parts ....