Monday, 2 February 2009
A few miles inland from Benidorm is the small village of El Castell de Guadalest, or just Guadalest for short. An extraordinary village perched high on a mountain top overlooking the reservoir or 'Embalse de Guadalest'. Wonderfully picturesque, it is not surprising that it is a major draw for tourists.The village is dominated by the castle known as L'Alcazaiba or Sant Josep, built in the 11th century by the Moorish occupiers. It boggles the mind how it manages to cling on to the craggy topped mountain.The most famous view of the village has to be the white-washed bell tower which looms over the whole scene. The village has a permanent population of only around 200. Many more tourists though!