Points of interest
The Costa Blanca has much more to offer than just sun, sea and sandy beaches. In this region, there are many beautiful villages, old castles and impressive caves which are very well worth a visit.
The caves at Canelobre are nearby Finca Bilou and located in the village of Busot. With the use of a guide you can walk through the highest elevated caves of Spain. The main cave has a height of up to seventy meters (approximately 229.66 feet) and because of its beautiful acoustics is also called the Cathedral. The walk through the colorful lighted flowstone- cave takes about one hour and is worth the trouble. The number of people allowed to enter the cave varies. This limit is also determined by the amount of CO2 and humidity, which may cause lengthy wait times. Don’t worry, the village of Busot itself is also worthwhile exploring. Tip: No ATM cash withdrawal machines are available, so please make sure you carry enough cash with you to purchase the entry tickets. This trip is a nice change from a typical day at the beach or swimming pool.
Before the arrival of the tourists, agriculture and fisheries were always the main sources of income on the Costa Blanca. To show the fishermen of Villajoyosa when at sea where their houses stood, the houses were painted in all kinds of beautiful bright pastel colors. At the end of the last century, the cottages were fully refurbished and now look the same as before, perhaps even more beautiful. The pastel-colored cottages of Villajoyosa are worth a visit. If you are in Villajoyosa, a visit to the Valor factory (chocolate factory) is a must. Enjoy a fun tour of the museum and the chocolate factory and at the end of the tour you can enjoy a small tasting to experience other flavors. Be on time because you need to get an entry ticket if you want an English guided tour. The tour is held twice a day at 11.00 AM and at 16.00 PM, with limited capacity.
The village of Xaló, in Spanish also commonly referred to as Jalón, is a quiet village located in the interior of the Costa Blanca. During the week, there is little to do in Jalon. On Saturday, however, it attracts many tourists because of its weekly held flea market. In addition to the usual stalls with sunglasses and hand bags, you can find a lot of other interesting merchandise for sale as well. Most of the market is considered a flea market. You have no idea in advance what you may find, which makes this shopping experience extra fun. Tip: be on time, because around 14.00 PM in the afternoon the stalls start to close. You can also walk through the old city center of Jalon.
In the summer, the river Rio Jalon is worth seeing because the low water level exposes the many shrubs and flowers in the river bed which provides a picturesque scenery. Another good reason to visit the area of Jalon is the wine cultivation that takes place around the village. A visit to the “Wine Cooperative” is advisable since you can not only taste, but purchase the local wines as well. The wine prices are very reasonable.
A hidden treasure is the best way to describe the village Guadalest. To come to Guadalest from the seaside resorts you must first travel a beautiful scenic route through the mountainous countryside. Once you arrive at Guadalest you will need to first pay for parking before you can enter the most beautiful part of the village.
A pathway through the mountain leads you into a fairy-tale village, which has its origin in the middle ages. Major attractions in the old village are the 12th century castle which has been inhabited for years by the family Ordũna, the old jail, the Mare de Déu de l’Assumpció Church and several museums including the historical automobile museum “Vall de Guadalest”, the Ethnological Museum and the Antonio Marco Museum.
Guadalest also offers a beautiful view of the reservoir which has been landscaped in the last century and which now already provides for many years most of the drinking water of Alicante.