Vinalopó castles

  • Sax Castle

This route is a visit to the castles and fortresses in Vinalopó, in the province of Alicante. It enables visitors to relive the times of El Cid Campeador, the famous medieval knight, and the battles that took place on the border. Here are a few places not to be missed.

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Vinalopó castles


  • Elda and Petrer. In these towns, where you can find most of the Alicante shoe-making industry, there are two castles: Elda Castle and Petrer Castle. The large keep stands out in the latter, where many exhibitions are often held.
  • Sax. Just 12 kilometres away. Its castle, situated on top of a steep crag, dominates the valley, next to two large towers joined by walls.
  • Novelda and Aspe. 22 and 30 kilometres away. In Novelda you'll see La Mola Castle, with its peculiar triangular tower; and in Aspe you can see El Río Castle.
  • Castalla and Onil. 32 kilometres away. In Castalla you can see an impressive Moorish castle on top of a mountain, comprising walls, a keep and a Gothic palace. In Onil you shouldn't miss the site made up of the castle-palace of the Marqués de Dos Aguas and the parish church.
  • Biar. Just 10 kilometres away. Here you'll find one of the best castles in the area, with a double walled site and keep. It is also situated in an area of great natural interest.
  • Villena. 9 kilometres away. The last part of the route, with Atalaya Castle and other interesting buildings such as, for example, the Gothic Church of Santiago and the Municipal Palace, which houses the National Archaeological Museum.

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Vinalopó castles

Practical information

How to complete the route:
By car

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
On this route you'll cross several towns and you'll be able to see reservoirs, nature areas and churches that you're sure to love.