History of Guadalest at Alicante
It is a pretty mountain village with a medieval castle, from where you have a spectacular view of the Rio Guadalest and its reservoir (1971). The mild climate of the region in summer allows the cultivation of terraces of olive, lemon, almond, loquat and carob trees. The village was founded by the Moors; they developed the irrigation system which allowed the development of agriculture. They continued to live there after the reconquest, from the 13th to the 16th century. before being expelled from Spain. In 1293, the Moorish castle was given to a lord, who was later replaced by the Cardona dynasty. The castle and the village underwent significant earthquakes twice in 1644 and in 1748, then in 1708, at the time of the War of Succession, the castle underwent an explosion and was never rebuilt. It is however interesting to go to see the ruins of this castle high perched, from where one has a very beautiful sight. Casa Orduña is a noble house of the seventeenth century. having belonged to a family that provided several mayors to the village; it contains furniture and decorations of the nineteenth century, paintings and ceramics. You can also visit the Baroque church of the 18th century. and an old prison located in Ayuntamiento; the village even contains several small museums. But the beauty of the landscape is the essential. You can even take a boat trip on the reservoir.
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