With a population of about 24,000, Villajoyosa or the “joyful town” has a fantastic location, 30km from Alicante and only 10km from Benidorm. Its is close enough to be able to enjoy all the amenities that Benidorm has to offer, yet far enough away to avoid the summer crowds. The airport is also a short drive away.
Although only 10km from Benidorm this really is a quaint, traditional Spanish town that has retained it’s identity. It is more popular with Spanish than it is with ex-pats looking to relocate, although foreign interest is on the increase.
The Villajoyosa countryside is beautiful with a rugged mountain backdrop and surrounded with citrus, olive and almond groves. The town itself relies on fishing and increasingly tourism for its income, although chocolate production also plays a part in the local economy.
The old town retains many historic features including a gothic church and several Roman bridges. These lead to the harbour and the brightly painted house fronts that guided the fisherman home. This is a working harbour with a fish market and a number of renowned seafood restaurants.
The beaches here are fantastic with clear water and fine, white sand. The main beaches are the Playa Centro, Paraiso and Bel Nou, and are great for snorkelling and diving. The area also caters for other outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, climbing and hiking in the El Puig Mountains that can be reached within 10 minutes.
All told Villajoyosa is indeed a joyful place with much to see and do for holidaymakers, day-trippers and those looking to live in a traditional, working town, close to all the amenities of a large city.