Villena is an old city crowned by its most symbolic characteristic: an old castle of Arabic origin. At the foot of this fortress was the primitive urban nucleus and around it the town has grown up, surrounded by extensive agricultural fields. After the Reconquest its lords were the males of illustrious lineage, from the Manuel, Aragón and the Pacheco families; and for many years Villena was the capital of an extensive marquessate that had great influence on the national history.
This is a border city, portal between the luminous east and the austere plateau; and at the same time linguistic border for its Castilian condition in the line of the ancient Kingdom of Aragon. Geographically, Villena is situated in the North-west of the province of Alicante, occupying adjoining zone with the provinces of Valencia, Albacete (Autonomous Community of Castilla la Mancha) and the Region of Murcia. Head of the judicial area and of the administrative area of the Alto Vinalopó region, it has a population of 33,455 inhabitants. Villena is situated at an altitude of 504 metres above sea level and its municipal area covers an extension of 344.2 Km².
In the urban complex, the severe and graceful temples, the secular stones of the old castle, do not contradict the audacities of the modern architecture: progress gives a hand here and unites together with the ancient traditions.
How to get here:
Villena is considered to be the gateway to Alicante from Madrid. Also, the connection with Valencia is effected by taking the N-340 which connects up with the A-7, and then taking the A-31.
The one-of-a-kind Sufrida Calo isn’t your typical show—it’s not a concert, a theatrical production or a monologue—but it’s sure to make you laugh! The star of the show is Elena Lombao, who will be accompanied by Javier Vidal on guitar.
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Find out about Federico García Lorca and his works in “A vueltas con Lorca.” With renowned actor Carmelo Gómez playing Lorca, you’ll get to learn about works like La casa de Bernarda Alba, Bodas de Sangre, Yerma, Romancero Gitano and Poeta en Nueva York. Mikhail Studyonov will accompany on piano and the performance will be orchestrated by director Emi Ekai.
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Teatro Chapí in Villena presents Play, a theatrical production by Aracaladanza that has been designed especially for children. The play is also a game, enabling your kids to discover and experiment with the new opportunities offered by theatre. The staging will take you aback as the cast of five dancers will treat you to a family-friendly performance based on the idea of play. Play was a finalist in the Premios Max 2020 in the categories of Best Children’s or Family-friendly Play, Best Costumes, Best Musical Composition and Best Lighting Design. Go and see what all the fuss is about.
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