Do you know Guadalest? It is one of the most beautiful villages in Spain. And we are not the only ones who say so, the Association that is dedicated to cataloguing the beauty and charm of the different villages of our country says the same. The best thing? We have it in the province of Alicante and we can visit it any weekend.
In addition to its charm, Guadalest offers its visitors a wide range of activities, including a visit to all its museums, most of which will leave you speechless. Would you like to know them? Keep reading, we tell you which are the best museums in Guadalest!
Discovering Guadalest through its museums
Besides its picturesque castle, turquoise reservoir and cobbled Old Town, Guadalest has a total of nine museums. Yes, you read that right, nine museums are located in this small town in Alicante. Below, we highlight the best of each of them.
1. House Museum of the Orduña family
This museum is a typical house of a family that lived in El Castell de Guadalest, but it is not just any family, but the people who were in the service of the Marquises Orduña as governors of the fortress and governors of their estates. Thanks to its good preservation, it was decided to transform it into a house museum.
In this house, which is open to the public, the original furniture of the period, all the decorative elements, the rooms of the building and the large library have been preserved perfectly.
Undoubtedly, this house museum belonging to the Orduña family lacks no detail and will give you an idea of what life was like at that time in the valley.
2. Bethlehem and Dolls’ Houses Museum
Whether it’s on special dates or not, this museum has an ecological nativity scene that you can visit all year round. But that’s not all, you can also discover a whole collection of dolls’ houses and antique toys. If you were born in those magical years, you’re sure that this visit will bring back fond memories.
A special feature of this museum is that it is built on a natural rock that contains the work of the artist Antonio Marco. Don’t miss it!
3. Microminiatures Museum
A museum of microminiatures? Exactly! In this museum you can find everything, and when we say everything, we’re not lying. From a flea dressed as a bullfighter to the Naked Maja painted on the wing of a fly… Surprised?
You will have to discover the magic of these miniatures created by Manuel Ussá, one of the best microminiaturists in the world, with your own eyes.
4. Microgiant Museum
This museum is quite similar, as it belongs to the same artist. It contains many more works of this peculiar and striking nature.
For example, you can see a self-portrait of the artist carved in a grain of sand or the book of the Bible in a hair!
5. Salt and Pepper Shakers Museum
You won’t believe it… Did you know that there are only two museums like this in the world? One, of course, is in Guadalest and the other in Tennessee, USA.
This museum is made up of more than 20,000 original pieces of salt and pepper shakers from all over the world from 1800 to the present day. Guadalest will never cease to amaze us…
6. Medieval Historical Museum
This is a three-storey building house with more than seventy pieces and instruments used for torture in medieval times.
If you decide to visit it, you will be able to see the horrifying tools used to punish people in the Middle Ages. You can’t miss it!
7. Museum of Historic Vehicles Vall de Guadalest
If you are passionate about vintage cars, this is definitely the museum for you. It is a collection of some 140 motorbikes and several original microcars, dating from the 1920s to the 1970s.
In addition to the vehicles, you can also enjoy an exhibition of electrical appliances from the period. Besides the vehicles, what is most surprising apart from the vehicles is the beauty of the 500m2 hall that houses it.
8. Bicycle Museum
In this museum you can admire more than 60 models of the first bicycles manufactured, such as the drasiana, the celerífero or the tricycle from the 19th century. These are some of the pieces that you can find if you decide to visit it.
9. Ethnological Museum
The Ethnological Museum stands out for its collection of the customs and way of life of our ancestors of the 17th century Guadalest Valley. In addition, it is part of one of the typical houses of the old town, nothing better to get you fully involved in its history.
Surprised by the number of museums in Castell de Guadalest? We know you are eager to go, that’s why we tell you how to get to this beautiful village.
How to get to Guadalest from Benidorm?
If you are in Benidorm and you have a car, Guadalest is just 30 minutes away on the CV-70 road. If, on the other hand, you don’t have a car, don’t worry! Tourist buses usually arrive to this valley every day.
If you opt for the bus, the best option is to take the 016 bus which also takes 30 minutes and costs between €1 and €4. This line is spread out over different parts of Benidorm, so you’ll have no excuse to visit this charming Mediterranean town.
And you, what are you waiting for to discover the best museums in Guadalest?