Project Description

GUADALEST AND ITS HIDDEN TREASURES

Our private Guided Tour Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures is a full day excursion to the one of the most spectacular places located on the Costa Blanca. Also known as The Castle of Guadalest it is a beautiful and very picturesque village located in the interior of the province of Alicante in the middle of the Nispero Valley surrounded by mountains.

Once we have left the highway, the road to Guadalest runs through other several picturesque villages (La Nucia, Polop de la Marina, Callosa de en Sarria). Depending on the season of the year we can see a great variety of the local crops: medlars, oranges and lemons, almonds, pomegranates, avocados, etc.

The old part of the village of Guadalest is hidden behind the rocks of the mountain. We will enter it through the tunnel dug in the limestone rock and our first place to visit is the Manor House of Orduña family. From the Manor House we will access to the Saint Joseph Castle, which is an old fortress that still remembers ancient times of Islamic domination. From the top of the castle we will enjoy impressive views of the Guadalest valley, as well as of the village itself. When we go down from the Castle we will enter the very heart of the old part of Guadalest village with small central square and lot of small bars and shops full of souvenirs. Also here are located several original and unique museums very recommended to visit:

  • Museum of Nativity Scenes and Dollhouses – it’s an unique collection of the artistic work of local artisan Antonio Marco. The collection consists on many different miniature dollhouses, one very big and spectacular nativity scene, as well as many old toys. The building of museum is attached to a limestone rock and part of displayed collection is also embedded directly to the rock.
  • Museum of Microminiatures – it’s absolutely artisanal and handmade collection of very tiny pieces. Whole collection was created by local master Manuel Ussà who is considered one of the best microminiaturists in the world. Most of these works have to be seen through a microscope. Among others you can find: the Statue of Liberty inside the eye of a sewing needle, Francisco de Goya’s Naked Maja painted on the wing of a fly, a flea dressed as a bullfighter and many others.
  • Micro-giant Museum – it is another collection created by the microminiaturist Manuel Ussà, where the pieces are a bit larger than the previous one. Here we can observe his creations through magnifying glasses. Among other pieces we will find: bullring on the head of a pin, the Bible on a hair, a flea on the bicycle and many others.
  • Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers – an impressive collection of over 20,000 original pieces from all around the world. There are pieces from the year 1800 to the present date.
  • Ethnological Museum – an interesting representation of the way of life of the inhabitants of Guadalest in the past times. It has wide collection of utensils and objects of daily life.
  • Museum of Medieval Torture – a macabre, but at the same time very instructive collection of torture instruments used throughout the History. It covers many centuries of the executioner’s “profession”. Here you can see from the simple sharpened stick and iron masks, to the grill, the chastity belt, the guillotine and the garrote vil.
  • Museum of Historical Motorbikes – a spectacular private collection of more than 100 historical motorbikes in perfect condition of maintenance. Besides motorcycles there are some retro cars, as well as old objects: sewing machines, typewriters, coffee makers, telephones, radios, etc. Attention: this museum is not located in the village of Guadalest itself, although it is relatively close, in the Guadalest Valley about 15 minutes driving.

We recommend to complete our private Guided Tour Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures with lunch in one of the traditional restaurants where you can choose and taste traditional dishes and wines of the local Valencian cuisine. There are several options, some restaurants are within the Guadalest village and others are located in its surroundings.

Details of the private guided tour
Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures

This private tour is perfect for individual tourists, families, friends, cruise passengers, organized groups and MICE.

Languages: English, Español, Русский, Italiano, Polski, Deutsch, Français, Nederlands, Português.

Availability: 365 days a year, any day from Monday to Sunday. Please keep in mind that during some specific dates museum in Guadalest are closed to visitors. It depends on weather conditions, Spanish National and Valencian local Holidays, maintenance works, etc. Before booking this tour, please always check with us the availability.

Duration: 6, 8 or more hours.

Starting time: Suggested starting time in the morning is 09:00 or 10:00. However, this is private tour, so we can arrange the meeting time at any moment of the day.

Transport

For our private Guided Tour Guadalest and Hidden Treasures we need the transportation to be able to move to Guadalest and come back. From Valencia is about 2 hours driving time. From Alicante is about 1 hour and the half, and from Benidorm is about 1 hour. Once we arrived to Guadalest the tour itself is walking only.

If you have your own transport we can use it for the tour. If not, we can organize the private transport for you. Depends on how big is your groups we can organize following transport options: car, minivan, coach, accessible vehicle or even a classic car. For the groups and MICE clients we can organize a private coach service. Please check below our Transport Section for the different available options.

Meeting place for the private guided tour
Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures

This is private guided tour, so we can start it from any most convenient place for you. It could be: your hotel or apartments, restaurant, port or airport, train or bus station. Tell us what place is the most comfortable for you and we will meet there.

For the cruise passengers whose cruise ship is stopping in the Port of Alicante, the best meeting point is directly at the Harbor of Alicante. We will meet you at the closest possible place to the pier where your cruise ship is docking. In the end of the tour we will bring you back to the same point where we met or to any other place indicated by you.

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Itinerary of the private guided tour
Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures

The itinerary of this tour depends on the booked duration and your personal preferences or interests. This is private tour, so we can completely readjust the itinerary to any available possibility.

Depending on the meeting place: Valencia/Alicante → Guadalest → Valencia/Alicante. This tour can be done from the any place of the Costa of Valencia or Costa Blanca (Valencia, Gandia, Cullera, Javea, Denia, Benidorm, Villajoyosa, Calpe, Alicante).

Examples of suggested itineraries and the timing:

  • 8 hours from Valencia (with lunch): Transfer from Valencia to Guadalest = 2 hours. Visiting Guadalest and its museums = 2 hours. Lunch = 2 hours. Transfer back to Valencia = 2 hours. Total time = 8 hours. Advice: starting this tour from Valencia is better make it longer till 10 hours. In this way we can dedicate 4 hours to visit Guadalest properly.
  • 6 hours from Alicante (without lunch): Transfer from Alicante to Guadalest = 1 hour and the half. Visiting Guadalest and its museums = 3 hours. Transfer back to Alicante = 1 hour and the half. Total time = 6 hours.
  • 8 hours from Alicante (with lunch): Transfer from Alicante to Guadalest = 1 hour and the half. Visiting Guadalest and its museums = 3 hours. Lunch = 2 hours. Transfer back to Alicante = 1 hour and the half. Total time = 8 hours.
  • 6 hours from Benidorm (without lunch): Transfer from Benidorm to Guadalest = 1 hour. Visiting Guadalest and its museums = 4 hours. Transfer back to Alicante = 1 hour. Total time = 6 hours.
  • 8 hours from Benidorm (with lunch): Transfer from Benidorm to Guadalest = 1 hour. Visiting Guadalest and its museums = 4 hours. Lunch = 2 hours. Transfer back to Benidorm = 1 hour. Total time = 8 hours.

Lunch – Gastronomic tastings – Dinner

During our private Guided Tour Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures we can organize your lunch or gastronomic tasting in one of the restaurants located in the village of Guadalest or in surrounding area.  Also we can organize for you some gastronomic tasting of the local products as: loquat cream, liqueur or beer, local wines, sausages, ham and cheeses.

All restaurants we are working with were carefully selected by our Discovering Valencia team. So, if the lunch is an important part of the tour for you, please indicate us your requirements and wishes and we will provide you the most advisable options for your particular needs.

Price - Entrance tickets - Booking

Price: Our Guided Tour Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures is private, so the price depends on many different factors as: duration of the tour, date, language, number of people in the group, number of guides, time of the day, entrance tickets, transport, restaurant, etc. To receive our quotation, please Contact Us indicating clearly your requirements and we will send you detailed quotation as soon as possible.

Paid entrance tickets: Entrance to the Manor House of Orduña family is almost mandatory, because it is the only way to access later Saint Joseph Castle. Other museums are optional although all of them are highly recommended to visit: Museum of Microminiatures, Micro-Giant Museum, Museum of Bethlehem and Dollshouses, Museum of Medieval Torture, Museum of Salt and Pepper Shakers, Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Historical Motorcycles.

For individual tourists you can decide directly at the moment of doing the tour if you want or not to visit them. For the groups of 6 people and more is necessary to arrange entrance tickets in advance.

Booking: this is private tour, so booking is necessary in advance. You can do it preferably by email info@discovering-valencia.com or by WhatsApp +34 687 025 082 / +34 607 360 343 / +34 663 419 931. Once you booked the tour, please recheck our confirmation and conditions of payment.

Accessibility – Recommendations

Accessibility: Our Guided Tour Guadalest and its Hidden Treasures is not suitable for the people with special physical requirements and wheelchair users. The reason is because to access the Old part of Guadalest, where all the historical monuments are located, there are several very steep ascents and descents. In addition, the street pavement is made of stone and it is quite slippery even when is dry and is very slippery when is wet. Unfortunately the transport cannot access the Old part of Guadalest.

Please check our specific selection of Accessible Tours in Valencia, Alicante and Castellon. Please keep in mind that not every tour in our website is accessible for the people with special physical requirements or wheelchair users.

Children: This tour is is perfectly possible to do with children. The only thing to keep in mind is that starting from Valencia is a full-day excursion of at least 8 or more hours.

Suggestions and precautions: this tour is mainly walking, so comfortable cloth and footwear is very advisable. Due to the significant unevenness, we recommend that the footwear have a non-slip sole. In the summer season, do not forget to use the appropriate sun protection and bring a bottle of water to hydrate yourself.

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TRANSPORT OPTIONS FOR THE PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR
GUADALEST AND ITS HIDDEN TREASURES

Mercedes Benz S Class car
Mercedes Benz V Class minivan
Minibus 20-40 seats
Accessible minivan Ford
Limousine Venus
Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith 1955

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COVID-19 safety measures

Please don’t forget to bring your surgical or hygienic face mask and antibacterial-antiseptic hand gel. Our guides are always using their own masks and gel. Please keep in mind we are not providing masks or gel to our customers. Our company Discovering Valencia Guided Tours and Activities is certified by the all Spain State Secretariat of Tourism as Responsible Tourism Company. This certification means we are strictly following the Guidelines on Measures to Reduce the Spread of the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus in the Tourism Sector.

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