The Province of Alicante has always had a lot to defend and now it’s got a lot to visit. Castles, watchtowers, bastions, batteries, defense towers and lookout points, forts and bunkers, walled palaces and even Xàbia's church, designed to repel non-believers. A constellation of 230 constructions dot and explain this territory with its rich terrain and history impregnated with peoples, cultures, and borders.
Below, we have selected 100 examples of these pieces of architecture to summarize 1,500 years of epic, daily battles, legendary treaties, and fear of being invaded. Each one of them represents
a privileged location to enjoy the landscape, a unique cultural experience, and an invitation to immerse yourself in the people’s memory. Visigoth kings, like Theodemir, mythic Arab commanders, like Al-Azraq, and Christian monarchs as well known as James I or Alfonso X (“The Wise”) await behind the stoned walls. This is the opportunity to be guided through a journey in time that will be impossible to forget.
Being based on heritage, history, and culture, the Castle Route through the Province of Alicante becomes a non-stop session full of experiences for the traveler. Every fortress is an open door to delve deeper into surprising natural spaces, enjoy centuries-old gastronomy, and participate in all types of complementary activities from hiking to shopping – passing over a sports and nautical experience trail.
The castles with their silent walls and their arrow slits– whisper stores about a territory where protection and monitoring were always a part of life: a life that is recorded in gold lettering in books and which can be felt through the magic air of the villages and cities that continue to tell its story.
1. The Vinalopó Castle Route
2. The Key to the Kingdom Route
3. The Tudmir Castle Route
4. The Mountain Castle Route
5. The Frontier of Fear Castle Route
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