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!
The tower is situated in a protected area of outstanding natural beauty that used to be the frontier line between the kingdoms of Castilla and Aragón until 1296, when the monarch King Jaime II finally annexed these territories for the Aragonese crown and thereby the Kingdom of Valencia.
The tower was constructed in 1554 as a defence system against the Berber pirates, as part of a network of watchtowers all along the Valencian coastline.
Although the upper part of the tower is quite damaged, it still keeps the rest of its outline which lets us see what the original structure looked like.
The transformations to which it has been subjected have left few vestiges of its origins. It was one of the towers built for surveillance of the surrounding countryside.
This fortification is found annexed to a house that dates from the 18th century. However, both have been greatly modified.
The remains of the tower are in an orchard of palm trees, but its sorry state has left few of its Gothic details.
The Basilica Santa María was built upon an ancient mosque, a Gothic temple that stood until the XIV century when it was demolished and reconstructed in the XVI century in the Gothic-Renaissance style. This structure also didn’t last; the current basilica belongs to the XVII century. The façade stands out as a Valencian Baroque Masterpiece.
In this Gothic temple, attention must be drawn to the door of Santa María, of Gothic lines, its architecture is predominantly horizontal, not very high and solid, not common characteristics to the Mediterranean Gothic. The second door, of los Apóstoles scarcely maintains the two coats of arms in relief of the patrons Borja and Enríquez.
This site has been populated from antiquity, as demonstrated by the archaeological remains found: Bronze Age, Iberian, Roman and medieval, as well as both Islamic and Christian. In the construction of the castle visitors can appreciate the remains of the different cultures that occupied the former Bairén. In the XVI century, the castle was named the castle of San Juan due its dedication to the hermitage, displacing the former Arabic name of Bairén. In the XVII century the castle was reduced to ruins.
At the mouth of the river Segura is the Phoenician port and city known as "La Fonteta”. The extension of the archaeological find must be added to its state of conservation, to make it one of the best Phoenician cities discovered yet. Its' walled fortifications, are not usual in deposits of this kind.
In “La Fonteta” remains of amphorae, and plates with a red glaze have been found. Ritual objects such as ostrich eggs and ivory beetles have also been located.
Known as La Torreta, it still stands strong. It has three levels, although the upper crowning level was destroyed during the Carlist wars. It is situated in the area of the castle.
The church was originally built in the baroque style, although it was later reformed in the neo-classical style. One of its highlights is the church wing, which is in the Mudejar style.