If you choose inner places to discover its history and its unusual landscape, places like Bocairent, Requena, Morella, Sant Mateu, Biar, the Castell de Guadalest are some of the municipalities that you will not want to miss. And to discover the pure Mediterranean essence, a walk through the streets of Jávea, Peñíscola or Gandia, among others, will be an authentic delight. A day of sun and beach in a unique environment!
In addition, the traditional and homemade cuisine of each of the places will put the finishing touch to your stay. You cannot say you have visited us without tasting the paella made on wood-fire or some rice made with traditional ingredients. An experience your palate will never forget!
La Illeta dels Banyets is one of the most significant archaeological sites of the Spanish Mediterranean. It is a synthesis of all the cultures that have inhabited our lands. The first remains date from the Chalcolithic Copper Age and the Bronze Age in the second millennium B.C. The relics from the Iberian settlements are particularly outstanding and have some singular characteristics; not many houses were discovered, but instead storehouses with pieces of pottery. This fact has led to the conclusion that important commercial activity took place here. Two temples with unique features for the period have also been found. The Roman period objects include fish-farms and thermal hot baths, from which constructions the site gets its name.
La Vila Murada is the ancient medieval Christian City, within the city. Most of the historical buildings are within this walled enclosure, including the Palau d'Altamira, the Basilica de Santa María, La Calahorra, and the council building: La Torre del Consell.
The construction of a walled enclosure, at the beginning of the XIV century, drew together the dispersed populated nuclei of the immediate area.
The building has two interesting artistic elements that stand out, the pure Neo classical style facade, and details in the same style, composed of four stone busts of that symbolise the virtues that political leaders must possess. The construction of the municipal facilities began in 1778 to compensate the power of the Ducal Palace, although after restoration in 1982, the facade is the only original element that survives.
It is a XVI century Manorial farmhouse (constructed upon the foundations of previous one, from the XIV century). A fortified building that, throughout its long history, has had many owners and uses, which have left their mark on its architecture. After the council bought it, it was turned into a tourism development centre and a hotel trade and catering school. In its surroundings there are lagoons and ullals (springs that appear from the ground), these are of great ecological value for their special vegetation and fauna.
The hermitage, of limited dimensions, is baroque with very simple details, which enhance the elegance of the environment that surrounds it. The church takes on special importance during August, when there is a festivity held in honour of El Santísimo Cristo.
Highlights of the church are its bell-tower and the drawings inside. There is also a large-scale wooden sculpture of the risen Christ.
The building was used as a palace by the Dukes of Medinaceli and was later provisional guest quarters for bishops on their way to the Diocese of Segorbe. Currently it is undergoing renovations.
The inhabitants of Guardamar Castle inhabited the Villa up to 1829 in a space that was sheltered by the walled citadel. The municipality was later built on the plain, separated from the sea by a string of dunes.
From the Castle, a wide view is obtained over the whole bay and the Bajo Segura. In the local area, terracotta offerings have been found in an Iberian Sanctuary, medieval and ceramics and apparel have also been found.
The remnants of this “rábita” are amongst the remains of the wall of a "musal.la", raised on the high section of the area it is considered as being the first “rábita” to be discovered in Spain. The monastery houses an architectural complex, consisting of cells, separated by “streets”, used by the Moslem community for its spiritual life. Amongst the objects that have been discovered on the site are oil-lamps for lighting, kettles and jugs.