Sights around Alcoy, Costa Blanca, Spain

Sights around Alcoy, Costa Blanca, Spain

Bocairent - The church in this little village has an interesting museum. The painter Juan de Juanes (1523-1579) died here - , he was known as the Spanish Raphael, and you can see several works by him in the museaum plus a collection of silverwork.

Puerto de la Carrasqueta - Views of the Torremanzanas Valley and Alicante and the sea in the distance from this pass.

Muro de Alcoy on the southern slopes of the Mariola mountain range between the Agres and Serpis rivers. The town is of Moorish origin with a medieval quarter and has had a textile maufacturing base.

Alcolecha, is the highest of the villages in the area and is closely linked historically with the neighbouring village of Penáguila - both Moorish buildings.

Cocentaina is a picturesque town, 4 m. N.E. of Alcoy and has perhaps the best-preserved medieval centre of any in Alicante's mountain hinterland. It is surrounded by Roman walls, which were partly rebuilt by the Moors, and later by the Christians. It contains an interesting fortified palace, owned by the dukes of Medinaceli. A visit of the town can start at the Palace, then along the Calle Mayor where the façades of houses have the typical tile fronts, and the Churches of the Salvador (St Saviour's) and Santa María de la Asunción (St Mary of the Assumption), which are all located in narrow lanes and alleys of the old Moorish Raval quarter.

Guadalest There are two seperate parts to Guadalest. There is the fortress itself; high on the mountain where the population lived within the castle walls and the only access being through St José Gate. And then there are the Moors houses that extend out from the gate through little streets and squares here which give Guadalest its particular character.

Callosa - An agricultural town dating back to the 12th century and 10 miles inland from Benidorm. It has an average temperature of 17 degrees celsius, this is a mild and constant meditereanean climate ideal for fruit production. Concerts are held in the local church every month and the town also houses an archilogical museum.

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