Guadalest is only a short drive inland from the Costa Blanca. But the views are spectacular - well worth a day out from the beach.
The Caves of the Moors in the hilltop village of Bocairent are quite something. When was the last time you got to scramble about inside a mountain?
The spectacular church that looks just like a pint-sized version of Gaudí's Sagrada Familia!
Xativa has one of the most spectacular castles in eastern Spain. And it's also the home town of the Borgias - the family that caused all the trouble back in Renaissance Italy. Two Borgia Popes came from Xativa - they weren't Italian at all!
There's more to Spanish sport than football. Here in Villajoyosa, they do rugby too. They've got a great little stadium - take in a match!
The little community of Finestrat has a split personality. It's a pretty old town perched on a limestone cliff a few kilometres from Benidorm. But it's also a beach resort with some of the worst over-development you're likely to see anywhere on the Costa Blanca.
Almond blossom is one of the springtime sights on the Costa Blanca. But its future is threatened by a pest attacking the almond trees. And so far, there's no cure.
Feeling hungry or thirsty in Villajoyosa? Here are a few recommendations for the best places to eat and drink in La Vila.
Every weekday afternoon Villajoyosa’s fishing fleet heads into port with the catch of the day. Watch the trawlers being unloaded and see how the fish is auctioned off - it's a surprisingly hi-tech operation,
Why go shopping in a soulless supermarket when you can buy from a Spanish mercado? They’re lively, great for people-watching and you never know when you’ll pick up a bargain. Villjoyosa has two, both well worth a visit. And there's also the elegant Mercado Central down the coast in Alicante.