Villajoyosa in Spain or La Vila Joiosa as it is called by the locals in Valencia literally means “happy city”. It is known as a center for chocolate production, which may be the reason for its name. Here we take care of everything you need to know about Villajoyosa in Spain.
Villajoyosa is also known for having the whitest sandy beaches of the entire Costa Blanca and has blue flag status. Villajoyosa is architecturally so colorful that the city is reminiscent of one of the Brazilian cities namely Salvador de Bahia. The long stretch of white sand is framed by a promenade with bars and restaurants, and with many palm trees providing the necessary shade for a good day out. The beach also has an extensive children’s play area.
In addition to 3 kilometers of beaches, Villajoyosa in Alicante Province has a beautiful marina, a boardwalk along the central beach and the iconic multi-colored houses. This is a coastal area well shielded from the surroundings by a horseshoe of high mountain ranges surrounding it. La Vila Joiosa literally means the enjoyable city, although the inhabitants often content themselves with the abbreviated La Vila.
This location provides the exceptional climate in Marina Baixa with the highest average annual temperature in Spain by over 19 degrees, and together with Almeria has the most sunshine hours per year, with barely 300 mm of rainfall and where frost is non-existent. This is because the area is shielded by mountain ranges from the cold wind and rain from the west.
The area around Villajoyosa also has the largest share of agricultural land in Marina Baixa and in the Valenica region. Here you will find one of the region’s two rivers, Amadorio and a good harbor with good conditions for anchoring. If we combine these factors with the city’s location on an easily defensible coastal strip, then we can more easily understand why Villajoyosa has been the historical capital from the 6th century BC to the last Roman period to the 6th century AD.
The famous chocolate Valor in Villajoyosa
Villajoyosa, located just 10 minutes away from the tourist magnet and party town of Benidorm, is home to the famous chocolate factory Valor. The chocolate brand is best sold at local supermarkets such as Mercadona, Masymas, Eroski and Carrefour. The city has a total of three chocolate factories, all of which can be visited.
Would you like to see how the Valor chocolate is made in person? Then you should visit the chocolate museum and you will learn where the cocoa comes from, how the chocolate making processes is done, and see the tools and machinery.
The objective of the Valor Chocolate Museum, which was opened in 1998 and was named the Valencian Museum of Chocolate by the Generalitat Valenciana in 2008, is to raise people’s awareness of how this rich food is produced. Visitors can learn about its chocolate heritage, its upkeep and research work. The museum is also home to one of the best collections of machinery used in the chocolate making industry.
The chocolate factory Valor is perhaps the most famous, but the other two chocolate factories Perez Factory and Clavileno Factory, are also nice to visit.
The old town of Villajoyosa
The old town of Villajoyosa is a lovely place to wander through. Narrow streets lead to charming squares where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or a meal as you watch the world go by. Old Town is a Spanish historical cultural heritage because it is such an interesting and well-preserved quarter. Here you can see the colorful houses hanging over the river Amadorio and cross the bridge that divides the old and new part of the city. The old town of Villajoyosa is protected by UNESCO, which should not be confused with being on the World Heritage list.
It is said that the strong colors of the houses were originally such that fishermen could easily find their way back to their houses. The old town of Villajoyosa is a good place to stop and walk around. From the old town you can see right down in the riverbed where there is now a beautiful park. The river is dry most of the year.
Airports near to Villajoyosa
Alicante is the best-placed airport for travel abroad, and like any major city, offers a variety of destinations and price points for the budget conscious. The working day is often seasonal, with later opening hours over the summer months, and many businesses still close during traditional siesta hours.
Alicante Airport (IATA: ALC, ICAO: LEAL), also known as Alicante-Elche Airport, is currently the fifth largest airport in Spain and is the gateway to the Costa Blanca resort region, serving both the Valencia Community and the Region of Murcia. It is located 9 kilometres southwest of Alicante city. Growing in size continuously over the past years, in March 2011 the airport got a brand new terminal building, replacing the old two terminals.
Corvera Murcia Airport is a new Airport in Murcia. Several airlines are flying in and out of Corvera Murcia Airport, covering an increasing number of flight routes. Corvera replaces Murcia San Javier Airport (for civilian flights) and is also run by AENA (the official airport authority). It has significant scope to handle many more additional routes.
Valencia Airport ( VLC ) also known as Manises Airport, is the tenth-busiest Spanish airport in terms of passengers and second in the region after Alicante. It is situated 8 km (5.0 mi) west of the city of Valencia, in Manises. The airport has flight connections to about 20 European countries and 5.79 million passengers passed through the airport in 2016.
A new regional terminal, expanded car parking facilities and apron area have been recently constructed in time for the 2007 America’s Cup. The runway has been also lengthened by 50 m (160 ft). The airport has one terminal and one runway. The former runway 04/22 is not in use and has no ILS but has a helipad at the southwestern end.
It is the main base of Iberia’s regional carrier Air Nostrum. Irish low-cost airline Ryanair used the airport as a hub since 2007 but decided to close it in November 2008 following a dispute over subsidies by the airport authorities. Since then the airline has continued to operate out of Valencia but as a relatively large destination airport, and not a base.
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Destinations on Costa Blanca North
Costa Blanca – Costa Blanca North – Alicante – Valencia – Albir – Alcalali – Alfaz del Pi – Altea – Benidoleig – Benidorm – Benilloba – Benissa – Benitachell – Calpe – Denia – El Vergel – Finestrat – Gata de Gorgos – Jalon – Javea – La Nucia – Lliber – Moraira – Orba – Parcent – Polop – Pedreguer – Teulada – Torrellano – Villajoyosa