Guadalest, the Fortress Area and the Walled Town

The fortress Area of Guadalest

You enter the walled town via a tunnel carved through the rock. The first building you see is the Orduna House which is now a museum offering access to the fortified castles. The location map below, gives you a guide to where everything is.

Map Guadalest, Spain

San José Castle, forms a part of the defensive structure of the ancient city. Constructed in the 7th century by the Moors, on top of a rock in the higher part of the area of the town. It was renovated at the end of the 15th and beginning of the 16th centuries and has been partially restored.

Alcozaiba is another part of the fortifications. It is protected as a building of Spanish Historical Patrimony.

This castle was particularly impregnable, and was never stormed. During the Reconquest did Jaime I bring about the surrender of its defenders, after a long siege.

The 1644 and 1748 earthquakes and the bomb attack in 1708 in the Succession War were responsible for its destruction.

Penon de la Alcala tower, the bell tower, rises from an extremely steep rocky point with difficult access.It was a strategic location that enabled defenders to watch over the valley, and it protected the northeast side of the Guadalest Castle.

Church Our Lady of the Assumption Church is an 18th century Baroque building, ascribed to José Sierra. The church is just beside the Orduña house. It was built on the plot of land where the old temple used to be. The church was burnt and plundered during the Civil War and was re-built in 1962. Between 1995 and 1996 it was renovated and restored.

Prison 7th century prison and water tank in the lower part of the town hall.

Benimantall Castle. On a rocky peak near the Village of Guadalest, is the Penya Castellet and above it are the ruins of what was Benimantell Castle, one of the ancient forts that formed the defensive body of the ancient city.

Guadalest information and guide