Going underground: the Moorish caves of Bocairent

Bocairent is everyone’s idea of a pretty hilltop village. In the shadow of the Sierra Mariola and about an hour's drive inland from Alicante, its houses are crammed together in a maze of narrow cobbled streets, topped off by an elegant 16th century belltower. But the thing that makes this place different from all the …

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The mini-Sagrada Familia – El Santuario de Novelda

The most famous church in Spain has to be the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, right? OK, so Sevilla and Cordoba cathedrals might argue the point, but Gaudí's modernist masterpiece is top of everyone's must-see list. So what’s that got to do with Alicante? Half an hour’s drive inland, just outside the town of Novelda, you’ll …

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Exploring the old town of Villajoyosa

The brilliantly colourful fishermen's houses in the old town are the iconic image of Villajoyosa. But there's much more to the "casco antiguo" than just the picture postcard seafront. Take a stroll through the narrow streets and pretty squares to sample the atmosphere of the old town and absorb a little of its history.