The Joyful Town
The coastal village of Villajoysa, also knows as "the joyful town" is located just north of Alicante. Historic and colorful with backdrops of mountains, it is set at the mouth of the river Amadorio which sweeps into the Mediterranean Sea. Often cheerfully referred to by the locals as "La Vila", it has managed to retain much of its old-world charm. Here you can enjoy 3 km of wide golden sandy and white pebbled beaches offering good facilities, cozy chiringuitos and excellent restaurants with a laid-back feel. Situated a 35 minute drive from Alicante Airport and with an annual temperature of 18ºC, it is a well-situated destination, ideal for exploring the rest of the Costa Blanca coastline, superb golf courses and hiking trails of the nearby landmarks Sierra de Aitana and Puig Campana mountains.
Exploring the Village
A seafront jewel backed by colorful and cheerful fishing houses painted in blue, green, pink, and red and with a quaint maze of twisting streets. Roman ruins, medieval castle walls and the pretty church square are worth a moment or two of admiration. The Fishermen’s Quarter and the factory and museum of Chocolate Valor, for which it has become famous, is truly a must on your bucket list. For some lazy days on the beach there are plenty of sandy corners to choose from such as the beaches Playa Paraiso, Playa Caleta and Playa del Centro that links the port and marina from where to visit the fish auction. Hikers and golf enthusiasts will be spoiled with choice in the areas nearby. In the month of July get ready for some battle, when the town hosts the Moors and Christians Festival paying homage to its past victories over pirates and invasions, celebrating with folklore festivities enriched with feasts, dances and fireworks. To relish an authentic La Vila dish, try the Calderon de Peix (fish cauldron). Heavenly delicious!
Villajoyosa is well situated, from where to explore the nearby towns of Benidorm, Altea and Denia. In Benidorm you can enjoy some family fun in the nearby amusement parks Terra Mitica or Terra Natura. For some glamorous grownup entertainment, try the Casino or a Cabaret show. Altea is ideal for when you want to slow down the pace and go Bohemian, strolling the Old Town with its charming square and unique boutiques with artisan souvenirs. Or visit Denia, the most northern city of the Costa Blanca. Majestic with its luxurious yachts but at the same time giving off a chill vibe. It's worth dedicating a moment of wining & dining savouring its famous gigantic red prawn. Visit the quaint, historic street of Calle Loreto for some interesting tapas, washed down with a glass of Valenician wine. Salud!
Cheerfully referred to by the locals as "La Vila", it has managed to retain much of its old-world charm.
- 20.45 km²
- 15 km