Monóvar is a pretty town situated in inland province of Alicante, not far from Elda. The destination is a lovely place to explore as it has plenty of history and culture to soak up, as well as wonderful cuisine to enjoy. 

What to see in Monóvar

During your time in Monóvar, you will come across a number of fascinating sights. A case in point is the Clocktower that - unusually - is freestanding and not connected to a church or a town hall. This style of clocktower is not commonly seen in the Region of Valencia and is representative of the Catalan Gothic style. It was built in the 18th century and is a must-visit during your time in the town. 

As you continue exploring this friendly destination, it won’t be long before you happen upon Monóvar Castle, an icon of the town. Dating back to the Almohad period, this fortress boasts a strategic position, overlooking the area between Vinalopó Medio and Pinoso-Jumilla. Over the years, a number of different excavations have taken place here, each revealing the most incredible historic treasures

The religious sites are also well worth a visit. San Juan Bautista Parish Church is a Baroque structure with some Neoclassical features that dates back to the 18th century. Santa Bárbara Chapel, meanwhile, sits on one of the two hills encircling the destination and is an exponent of Valencian Baroque. Make sure you don’t miss this treasure while you’re in Monóvar.

If you’d like to delve into the destination’s history, make sure you take a look around Monóvar’s Permanent Collection of Arts and Trades. The museum displays a selection of unique pieces collected from across the Region of Valencia that talk of local history, culture and traditions.

You also have the opportunity to explore the destination in a truly unique way: by following the words of the author Azorín. The famous writer was born in Monóvar and holds a special place in the town’s heart. You can therefore discover the man and his work at Azorín House Museum, which promises to be a unique experience. 

And last but by no means least, there is the gastronomy. Delicious local dishes include gazpacho and arroz con conejo (rice served with rabbit) as well as the traditional gachamigas and olleta de Sant Antoni. Delights for the palate!

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