La Villajoyosa

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  • Typical houses in Villajoyosa (La Vila Joiosa)

A seafaring town famous for its fiestas, colourful houses, excellent beaches and delicious chocolate. Read more...

What to see The walled town centre, on the banks of the river. You're sure to be spellbound by its colourful seafront houses. The church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción houses a fascinating Baroque altarpiece. To soak up the town's seafaring ambience, we recommend visiting the port area. In the afternoon, you can even attend a lively auction of the day's catch of fish and seafood. If you like the sea, we recommend the more than three kilometres of nearby beaches with crystal-clear waters. The closest are Paradís and El Centro. Torres beach is home to two archaeological sites: Torre de la Cruz and Torre de Sant Joseph. Festivities The Landing, also known as the Festival of Moors and Christians, is the most popular fiesta. It involves a reenactment of a failed Berber attempt to conquer the city in 1538 and has been held for over 250 years. Gastronomy If you have a sweet tooth, you'll love Villajoyosa as it has a famous chocolate industry. Other typical sweet treats include “turrón” (similar to nougat), delicious ice-cream and “horchata” (a refreshing soft drink made from tiger nuts). And, of course, rice dishes such as paella, and fresh fish and seafood dishes are also on the menu.

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La Villajoyosa