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Approximately 800-900 years ago Alicante marked the frontier between the Muslims and Christians, giving rise to a chain of castles and forts.
Visit Biar's Castle (the Castillo de Biar), dating from the 12th century. It is included in the Castle Route of Vinalopó and was declared a National Monument in 1931.
You will stop for a snack of tapas at a local bar.
Villena Castle (also known as La Atalaya Castle) sits on a spur of the Sierra de la Villa mountains in northwestern Alicante province on the medieval border between the kingdoms of Castile and Aragon. The remarkable construction here is the work of the Moors -- the North Africans who conquered Spain to build a series of solid and beguiling fortresses. Crenellations, a double-walled enclosure and twelve towers firmly assert its impregnable nature.
A delicious lunch awaits you at Casa Cecilia Winery, where healthy recipes with top-quality seasonal ingredients make for a memorable meal.
Please note: Tour requires approximately three hours of walking and standing. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Distance covered is about three miles (five km). Villena Castle is closed on Mondays; a visit to Mola Castle will be substituted. Use of an audio headset (included) will enhance your tour experience.