Callosa d'en Sarrià
Sitting close to Sierra de Bernia and the beaches of Benidorm, Callosa d'en Sarrià is home to natural pools, beautiful architecture and age-old traditions.
Just a stone’s throw from some of the most popular beaches in the Region of Valencia, Callosa d’en Sarrià is home to stunning natural landscapes, fascinating culture and gastronomic delights. Though this mountain town is close to Benidorm, it couldn’t be more different, offering a more laid-back way of life that is defined by traditions, scenery and Designation of Origin products. Come and visit to live the most extraordinary of experiences.
What to see in Callosa d’en Sarrià
Just a few kilometres from the coast and in the midst of a beautiful mountainscape, Callosa d’en Sarrià is a haven for nature lovers. The slopes of Sierra de Bernia are criss-crossed with walking trails leading to peaks that afford spectacular panoramic vistas. The river Algar also runs through the area, creating Fuentes del Algar, Callosa d’en Sarrià’s very own answer to the beach.
Fuentes del Algar is a collection of natural pools fed by rushing waterfalls. El Toll de la Caldera waterfall in particular is a sight to be seen with its intense blue waters. Visiting the pools is a great activity for all the family, even little ones, as a number of pools offer shallow waters. To reach the swimming area, you will need to take a short walk through a landscape defined by limestone.
At its origins, Callosa d’en Sarrià was an Arab settlement. From the 13th century, it started its journey to becoming the most important town in the area with cultural and architectural heritage to match. The settlement was named after Bernat de Sarrià, the man who built its castle. Nowadays, the remains of the town wall can still be glimpsed as part of more modern buildings. El Portal is the only remaining gate into the town to exist today and an excellent photo opportunity.
Another site to put on your to-visit list is El Poador de la Font Major. This wash house and drinking trough was built in the 18th century and has no fewer than twelve pipes. It is not hard to imagine the many events that must have taken place here over the years.
If you are interested in finding out what daily life was like centuries ago in Callosa d’en Sarrià, make your way to Museo Etnológico y de Arqueología. In this ethnological and archaeological museum you will be immersed in the customs and traditions of this small mountain town.
Callosa d’en Sarrià is also a town known for its festivals. Don’t miss the opportunity to take part in its festivities for single people, Dances de Sant Jaume, which is celebrated in the month of July. During the festivities, make sure you try Callosa d’en Sarrià’s Designation of Origin product - loquat cake.
In October, the town celebrates Moros y Cristianos, the Moors and Christians festival. And on the 24 December, Jesuset de les Monges is held, a celebration dedicated to children that marks the start of Christmas in the town.
How to get to Callosa d’en Sarrià
The municipality is located close to the motorway, making it easy to get to from both Alicante and Valencia. Come and wander around this beautiful town and the surrounding landscapes to get a taste of its traditions and scenery.