Guide to Villajoyosa, a Costa Blanca resort situated between Alicante and Benidorm.

Villajoyosa - Costa Blanca - Spain

Villajoyosa Factfile:

Location: Marina Baixa district (Comarca), Alicante province, Comunidad de Valencia, Spain.

Villajoyosa Population: 29,263 (2006 census).

Municipal Area: 59.25 km2

The Area: Villajoyosa (La Vila Joiosa) is located on the northern Costa Blanca coastline between Alicante and Benidorm. It is surrounded by a 'horseshoe' of mountains including those of the Sierra Aitana, it is in a sheltered and protected position.

Villajoyosa History: Villajoyosa is the historic capital of the Marina Baixa district and the town has a long and interesting history. The history of Villajoyosa goes back to the 6th Century BC when it was the site of an Iberian town possibly called 'Alonis' (the ancient Greeks referred to Alonis), it may also have been settled by the Phoenicians who set up towns along this important Mediterranean trade route. The Romans followed and remained until the 6th Century AD, the Romans set up a fish-salting industry in the town.

The town is thought to have fallen into decline during the Arab occupation of Spain and very few artefacts have been found from before 1300. Villajoyosa as it is known today was founded by Bernat de Sarrià, Admiral of the Kingdom of Aragon's Navy and a nobleman in the service of King Jaume II "the Just", the new town being built on the same hill as the 2000 year old Iberian one in around 1293. Villajoyosa (whose name means 'joyful town') was granted its town charter in 1300 (March 8th) in Barcelona.

In the 14th Century the town was granted the privilege to trade olive oil, cereals, wine and fruit by King Pedro IV and was at that time the only port in the region permitted to do so, it was named as a 'Royal Town' in 1433. During the 16th Century, Villajoyosa was important for shipbuilding, and was the target for many raids by Barbary pirates from Algeria. The 19th Century saw the beginnings of the chocolate industry for which the town is now famous and the 20th Century brought tourism on which the town now primarily depends.

Villajoyosa Fiestas: The main fiesta for which the town is famous is the Moors and Christians (Moros y Cristianos) festival held between 24th and 31st July, it has been held for over 250 years. Others include the Festival of St Isidore (May) and the Festival of the Archangel Michael held in September.

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Economy: Tourism, chocolate, fishing.

Villajoyosa Map: Villajoyosa is situated between Benidorm and Alicante on the N-332 coast road, the AP-7 (E-15) also runs nearby.

The map to the right has 'zoom' and 'pan' features which enable you to use the buttons on the top left to zoom in and get a detailed street map of Villajoyosa, or pan around to view any number of the surrounding towns and villages which include Benidorm, Alicante, El Campello, Albir, Guadalest, Altea, Finestrat and Orxeta.

Villajoyosa can be easily accessed from the N-332 coast road or from the AP-7 (E-15) motorway (take junction 66) and is about 30 minutes from Alicante airport.

Villajoyosa Weather: Villajoyosa enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters, making it a perfect place to visit all year round. Its sheltered position makes it an ideal winter location, as it is protected from the cold northerly winds. Latest Villajoyosa weather and 10 day forecast here: Villajoyosa Weather.

Villajoyosa Places of Interest: Places of interest in and around Villajoyosa include the multi-coloured fishermen's houses, painted in bright colours so they could be spotted from far out at sea, the busy afternoon fish market where the day's catch is sold off, the old walled town - a perfect place to soak in some of the town's ancient history, the 16th Century Gothic Church, the Hercules Tower and the bridge over the Rio Amadoria build in 1859.

Villajoyosa Holidays: There are a number of properties available to rent in Villajoyosa and the surrounding area, so finding self-catering accommodation for your Villajoyosa holiday should not be a problem. If you wish to purchase a holiday home it is also ideal with plenty of choices on offer.

Villajoyosa Hotels: There are a reasonable selection of hotels in Villajoyosa and you can book at cheap rates by using the Villajoyos hotel booking form provided, some addresses for Villajoyosa hotels and hostels are give below, with telephone numbers where possible.

Hostal El Mercat - Address: C/ Jaime Soler Urrios, 4, 03570 La Vila Joiosa/Villajoyosa, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 966 810 438.

Hotel Allon Mediterrània - Address: Avda. del Puerto, 4., 03570 Villajoyosa, Costa Blanca, Spain. Telephone Number: (0034) 965 890 209.

Pension Rosa - Address: Calle Quintana, 46, 03570 Villajoyosa, Spain. Tel: +34 966 85 09 19, Mobile: +34 670 63 52 68.

La Cala Sun Apartments - Address: Avenida Dels Mariners De La Vilajoiosa, 1, Villajoyosa, Spain.

Villajoyosa Beaches: Villajoyosa has about 3 kilometres of beaches and these include La Platja Centre (Central Beach), close to the city centre. El Paradis beach, Xarco beach with a watchtower and Torres beach with a Roman Tower. There is a small cove used for diving and naturism, the Racó Conill and the Bol Nou and La Caleta beaches with their sparkling, clear waters are also worth a look.

Villajoyosa Markets: The main street market in Villajoyosa is held on Thursdays, a 'Flea market' is held on Sundays, the fish market is held daily in the harbour.

Villajoyosa Schools: C.P Gasparot (Primary), Av. Marina Baixa, S/N, 966851538, C.P Mare Nostrum (Infant), C/Jaime Santaolalla s/n, 965892894.

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