To the pride of the locals, the beach is EU approved.
It is lovely and clean - and welcomes everyone. Football and volleyball are played on the beach.
There are great opportunities for fishing here.
In 2010, a new park opened by the riverbed, which borders the old town.
Here you will find playground equipment, training equipment and trails for hikers.
In Villajoyosa there is a daily fresh food market. Here you can buy fresh fish, meat, cheese, vegetables, fruits and pastries. In the market bar there is a nice atmosphere. Here you can prepare, for free, the food you have bought in the market - as long as you`re paying for drinks.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, Villajoyosa was most famous in Europe for its chocolate factories. Cocoa was imported from Venezuela and Ecuador. A visit to the chocolate factory Valor is absolutely recommended. At the factory there is a large shop/café.
Costa Blanca is loved by golfers from all over the world and is visited annually by thousands of Scandinavians. The mild climate, the good infrastructure and the large selection of fantastic golf courses are among the attractions that draw crowds of golf enthusiasts to the "white coast" - all year round. See top 10 golf courses in the area here: http://www.spania24.no/10-topp-golfbaner-pa-costa-blanca/
HIKING IN THE AREA
Are you among those who want to experience more than spending time on the beach? You will find wonderful hiking trails in the surrounding mountains. To the bottom of the nearest mountain, with the height of about 1400 metres, it only takes approx. 20 min. by car from Villajoyosa. The mountains offer varied terrain and trails with varying degrees of difficulty, so here most will find a hiking trail that fits both health and motivation. You are guaranteed some unique and memorable experiences - as an alternative to beach life.
In the area around Villajoyosa there are many cozy, steep and original mountain villages. Rent a car and visit the mountain village of Guadalest - it is really recommended! Here you will also find the amazing waterfalls of Algar. This is a river that invites you to swim among small waterfalls, for the joy of both children and adults!
There are nice biking trails in the mountains. Centrally located in Villajoyosa there are several bicycle rentals.
TRAINING BASE, CYCLING TEAM
Costa Blanca and the Alicante region is also a popular area as a training base for professional cycling teams in winter. The Costa Blanca has a sunny and warm climate throughout the year and has beautiful mountains and a long coastline that is well suited for cycling.
Many cycling teams arrange training camps and seasonal preparations in this area, due to climate and geography. With five apartments available in the same building in Villajoyosa, we can accommodate groups who will train and prepare in a varied and challenging terrain - with comfortable temperatures throughout the year. Avoid transportation by car - get on your bike right outside the apartment!
Are you looking for good wines and even better recommendations - without speaking Spanish? Vinos Handeland is a very popular wine shop, run by the Norwegian Magnus Handeland. He has lived in Villajoyosa for 15 years and offers both recommendations and wines you won't find anywhere else. Feel free to drop in for a chat and wine tasting. You can find Vinos Hadeland by the old church in the old town of Villajoyosa. https://www.facebook.com/Vinoshandeland/
The fishing boats return to the harbor every afternoon. Approximately 50 fishing boats use this harbor as their base. Today's catch is sold at an auction for the local fish markets and restaurants.
At the marina you can enjoy the sight of many beautiful boats. Here you will find a yacht club with café and restaurant, too.
The tourist office of Villajoyosa is located in the pedestrian street Calle Colon. Here you will get all the information you need about sights and tourist attractions in the area.
Villajoyosa has a team in the 2nd division. A football match in Villajoyosa is a great experience for those who enjoy football.
At the city museum you can see finds from the excavations in the village, dating back to the Bronze Age and the Roman and Moorish culture. The city walls date from the 17th century and are examples of military architecture from the early Renaissance. The name Villajoyosa appeared around year 1300 and means "city of joy" or "city of jewelry".
Each year Villajoyosa celebrates its liberation from the Arab occupation of the area in 1536. The fiesta is celebrated from 24.7 to 31.7. The town's residents participate and have parades in the streets. This fiesta in itself is worth a visit to Villajoyosa.
The large shopping center, La Marina, in Finstrat (10 minutes by taxi) is situated a little north of Benidorm. Here you`ll find well-known shops such as Zara and Zara Home, Bershka, HM, Mango, Douglas etc. In Benidorm the opportunities for shopping are fantastic!
Midway between Villajoyosa and Benidorm one of Spain's finest go-kart tracks is located, Karting Finestrat. This track really offers momentum and excitement. http://kartingfinestrat.com/
Villajoyosa offers warm summer temperatures - in both air and sea. But in fall, winter and spring it can be pleasant to seek hot springs and a real, natural spa experience. One hour's drive from Villajoyosa you will find Baños de Fortuna, known for its hot springs. The place has been used as a spa since Roman times. The water has a temperature of about 36 degrees year-round - and offers a pleasant spa experience with nature's own minerals for the treatment of both body and soul. https://spania.no/murcia/banos-de-fortuna-helsebringende-kildevann/
NORWEGIAN WINE AND TAPAS BAR
Visit Vinos Handeland Wine Bar! This is a highly recommended wine and tapas bar, which has become a favorite among many Spaniards, too. It is run by Norwegian Magnus Handeland and serves local Spanish wines and delicious tapas dishes, made by fresh ingredients.