Culture

The villages of the Sierra Mariola have a very wide and diverse architectural, historical and cultural heritage, which ranges from the archaeological sites of La Mola, Cova Beneito and La Sarga, to the Arab legacy of the numerous castles and fortifications and the caves-windows; the medieval buildings such as the Palau Comtal de Cocentaina or the medieval quarter of Bocairent, declared a national historic-artistic site; to the modernist buildings of the city of Alcoy and its avant-garde Llotja de Sant Jordi. Discover all the cultural variety we have in the Sierra Mariola!

The building that was the Casa de la Villa or seat of the local government until the beginning of the 19th century is now the Archaeological Museum. This Renaissance-style palace was built between 1572 and 1584, and its highlights are the portico of columns and the careful design of its…

The Bocairent bullring is unique and singular for its originality as it is largely excavated in rock. The mountainous terrain configuration provides it of a peculiar distribution: from the street you can access both to the front door and corrals as to the presidential box. Its current capacity is 3,760…

Quintessential exponent of Islamic culture in Banyeres, rises to 830 meters and focuses all overview of the town for its large dimensions. Rebuilt in its entirety, although some traces of its original construction are visible. The different enclosures that constitute it, bring us closer to the past and their lifestyles.…

The Castle of Cocentaina is a 14th-century medieval building which stands on a rocky mound of 765 m. The castle structure, recently restored, is one of the town's symbols. The tower is a square two-story structure. The castle is a good example of military gothic style. It is possible to visit an…

From the Font Jordana, a rise of cypresses reaches this sanctuary, located at the foot of the Agullent mountain range, and where every first Friday of September hundreds of people go up in a nocturnal pilgrimage. Built in the 18th century, the chapel has an exercise house, a hostel and…

Old palace of the textile industrialist Enrique García Peidro, known as Casa d'Escaló. It was restored in the 1980s for the "Joan Cantó" Municipal Conservatory of Music and Dance. It is a singular architecture of modernist style, designed by D. Vicente Pascual Pastor (1906-1908). Outside, the rustic ashlars, the wrought…

The Agullent mill dates from the mid-15th century, although it seems to have been built alongside an earlier one. The hydraulic mills in our lands had their time of splendour from the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. In Spain after the Civil War there was a…

Institution created in 1868 by the industrial bourgeoisie of Alcoi. It is a modernist style building with some Viennese influence, designed by D. Timoteo Briet in 1904. The bees represent the work of the industrialists and the muses the artists. There are circles with festoons, wrought iron balconies and stuccoes…

Children's playground, walking area and bar-restaurant. The five-spout fountain, which gives its name to the park, is the source of the fresh water that flows from the "Penyetes" and crosses the entire historic centre of the municipality. Passing through Agullent and not visiting this place is like not having really…

In 1951 this extraordinary collection of prehistoric art was discovered in some rocky shelters in the Barranc de la Cova Foradada, near the La Sarga farmhouse, where three of the prehistoric artistic horizons of the eastern façade of the Iberian Peninsula are represented - Macro-schematic Art, Levantine Art and Schematic…

Extensive space of concrete and granite created between 1992 and 1995 by Valencian architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava simulating the skeleton of a large animal. Inaugurated in 1997, it has hosted numerous cultural and social activities. The vault of this immaculate white underground hall is a succession of parabolic arches,…

In 1758 Mauro Aparisi, the priest of the parish of Banyeres, had a flour mill built, which belonged to the administration of the Church, in order to pay for the cost of the building of the new church. But in 1877 José Mora Navarro bought it and built up a…

This mill has a rectangular shape including four bays, with an elevation of four floors. Several attachments were added to the main building at different times, depending on the needs of the industry (workshops for carpentry, blacksmithing, house of the doorman, etc.). Shortly before the mill you can see the…

The Parish museum of Bocairent is one of the best collections of sacral art of the Comunitat Valencian, with works of Joan of Joanes, Joaquin Sorolla, the Mestre of Borbotó, Ribalta, Segrelles, Mariano Benlliure, Cristòfol Llorenç, Blas Silvestre, among others. It is an authentic pleasure for the lovers of the…

It is one of the most emblematic and most visited places in Agres. The history of this convent begins on August 31st, 1484 in the city of Alicante. On this day a fire broke out in the Church of Santa María where, because of the fire, the whole altarpiece of…

The medieval part of Bocairent was declared a national site of artistic-historical importance in 1975. A visit to the old town, declared an artistic-historical heritage site, is highly recommendable, especially after having seen its spectacular panorama from the road. The peculiar layout of its streets is in the purest Arabic style…

Throughout the ages there have been numerous interpretations concerning these cavities (ancient funeral chambers, granaries, a Visigoth monastery), although the caves are difficult to date due to the lack of archaeological finds, inscriptions or other data. Following diverse archaeological explorations carried out by the MAOVA (The Archaeological Museum of Ontinyent…

It is a tower built at the beginning of the 16th century, located at one of the entries to the town. This tower has undergone many variations in its structure, especially from the middle of the 19th century, when it was integrated as a part of a two-storey house. It…

Of the three washing places that exist in the town, two are still in very good condition in the old part of Agullent. The upper washhouse can be reached by a walk from the Font Jordana, following the path of the irrigation canal. There an immense roof gives shade and…

A house built in 1873 on behalf of the industrialist Rigoberto Albors Monllor, who donated part of the land now occupied by the Parterre or Plaça del Pintor Gisbert to the municipality. The construction of this house coincides with the beginning of the workers' revolt known as "El Petrolio", which…

Academic-style building designed by Jorge Gisbert Berenguer. It was built between 1846 and 1863 over the space occupied by the Convent of San Agustín. In the main staircase and in different rooms you can admire a sample of paintings and sculptures by local artists, including works by Fernando Cabrera Cantó,…

Unique urban public laundry preserved in Bocairent, recently renovated. Its location in the medieval quarter gives it a special appeal.

A permanent exhibition of works by the painter Antonio Ferri donated to Bocairent due to his close personal bond to the town. The visitor will be able to admire all the different registers undertaken by the artist during his creative trajectory, from the monochromatic lines and surfaces of his abstract…

In this historical edifice built in the following years to the Christian conquest, conserve architectural elements of back periods, in addition to the objects and pieces that illustrate the contents on archaeology, and the ancient agricultural productions venues.

The Archaeological Museum is situated in a tower of the S.xv and has a collection of archaeologic rests that go from the Paleolithic until the Modern age.

The Archaeological Museum of Bocairent, nowadays belonging to the local council, can be found in a building next to the parish church. Opened in 1970 it houses a large exhibition hall as well as a small adjoining room used as a laboratory, office and storage room. A wide collection of…

Fountain located in a recreational area next to the urban core of Alfafara. The fountain is presided over by a devotional panel of Nuestra Señora de los Desampardos.

It is one of the most successful examples of the route of the fountains of Agres for the Valencian tile ornamentation that decorates it.

Built between 1925 and 1931, this Art Deco style bridge was an innovative project due to the use of reinforced concrete formwork. It has a height of 42 meters over the course of the Riquer River and is 156 meters long. Its construction was a revolution in urban planning in…

Although it is not in the city center, the Seven Moon Bridge is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and popular among the people of Alcoy. Located beyond the Batoi neighbourhood, it forms part of the Greenway route and is crossed every day by hundreds of walkers who are used…

It saves the river Molinar and allows communication between the city centre and the Viaduct district and the road to Callosa d'En Sarrià. The project was designed by the engineer Prospero Lafarga, and the engineer Enrique Vilaplana Juliá took part in its construction. The Viaduct was inaugurated in 1907 and…

The Casa del Pavo located at 15 Sant Nicolau Street in Alcoy is a modernist style residential building that was built in 1909 and designed by the architect D. Vicente Pascual Pastor. It is one of the most representative works of the Modernism in Alcoy and the Valencian Modernism. The…

Located in the old chapel of the Virgen de los Desamparados is the Casal de Nadal. A place where you can relive the magic show with which Alcoy celebrates the arrival of Christmas, "Les Pastoretes", "El Bando" and "La Cabalgata de Reyes Magos", the oldest show in the world, without…

The construction of the castle was granted in 1271, in which King James I granted to Ponç Guillem de Vilafranca the farmsteads of Penella and Forminyà, assigned a territory between the domain of the castle of Alcoi and Penaguila, as well as permission to build in the rock of 'Peniella'…

In 1812 the first ventilated cemetery outside the city of Alcoy was inaugurated, the so-called Old Cemetery. In 1885, due to its proximity to the city centre and the severe cholera epidemic, the site of the current Cantagallet or Sant Antoni Abat Municipal Cemetery was refurbished. The cemetery was to…

The Cervantes Refuge is one of more than 25 shelters that the people of Alcoy used to protect themselves from air raids during the Spanish Civil War and the only one that can be visited today. It is an underground shelter more than 100 meters long in which data and aerial…

This building was built in 1881 to become the headquarters of Banca Vicens. Nowadays it has been greatly restored and houses the facilities of the Chamber of Commerce of the city of Alcoy. As far as its architecture is concerned, it has two main facades made of ashlar, with cast…

Popularly known as “Saint Anthony of the Piglet or down below” (“San Antoni del Porquet o de Baix”), the chapel lies about a kilometre away from the town. You can get there by car after taking a left hand turning 800 metres along the road leading to Ontinyent, after which…

The chapel can be found 5 kms from Bocairent on the 3.316 B-road, situated on the left hand side heading in the direction of Villena. By bike or on foot you can get there via the Canaleta font, which is in the new part of town, until arriving at the…

Leaving Bocairent and crossing over the main entry bridge to the town, the bridge of Saint Blai, you will come upon the roundabout of the “Blanket Man”. Continuing in the direction of the old train station, take the middle road in the direction of the sierra. This is a one-way…

Originally built in the XIII century as a mosque this was the first church to be founded in the town. The belfry attached to the façade has a Gothic arch and is built of stones and mortar. Nestled in the corner of Saint John Street (San Joan), the chapel appears…

According to her devotees Saint Barbara is the patron saint of thunderstorms, and she has a chapel dedicated in her honour in the heart of the Sierra Mariola. You can get there by car having come off the main road from Bocairent to Villena and taking the secondary road from…

Next to the Asylum of the Little Sisters of the Poor and Elderly, an eclectic building from 1880-1881 designed by the architect J. Moltó Valor, a church with neo-medieval tendencies was built between 1891 and 1893, designed by T. Briet Montaud (architect) and J. Vilaplana Carbonell (master builder), who designed…

The temple was rebuilt in 1948 according to the project of the engineer César Cort Botí, of a classicist line, which replaced the primitive church, of baroque style, which was demolished during the armed civil war of 1936-1939. Inside you can admire some canvases by the painter Francisco Laporta from…

Sober and discreet in its exterior appearance, the interior instead, the Valencian baroque of churrigueresque style invades the High Altar. The altarpiece of the "Altar of the Souls which represents the final judgment, is attributed to the school of Juanes. The temple, initially Renaissance in the seventeenth and eighteenth century…

Dedicated to the patron saint of the city, the current temple was blessed in 1921. It is a neo-Romanesque historicist building, with a careful interior decoration in the neo-Byzantine style. Designed by the architect Timoteo Briet (1913), in which Vicente Valls Gadea also participated. The apse of the church is…

The temple was built in the mid-18th century in the Baroque style and was destroyed during the Civil War. On the same site this new church was rebuilt, in a classicist style, between 1940 and 1954. In the Communion Chapel a Gothic panel with the iconography of the Virgen de…

In 1595 the Patriarch Juan de Ribera laid the first stone of this church and blessed the area of the new temple, which was erected on the site of the chapel open to worship where the Sacred Forms taken from the parish temple of Alcoy were found in 1568. The…

The cloistered nuns keep with suspicion the secrets of this clerical building that in times of the Civil War became an asylum for republican refugees. This Dominican convent dates back to the 16th century and was built at the behest of a local couple, who are represented in the painting…

Situated just outside the medieval quarter of Bocairent, exemplifies the many natural fountains that flow throughout the municipality. Next to it there is also a public washhouse-laundry and a raft.

"Explora" is the new tourist offer of Alcoy, designed to give it a joint image. History, industry, modernism, the city, the surroundings and traditions make up the content of this tourist interpretation centre that provides a global vision of Alcoy from the heart of the city, such as the Riquer…

The Expomuseo Serpis is a cultural space, a place where the visitor will be able to know the first steps of the most universal "tapa" of our gastronomy. In the museum, the most significant elements of Serpis' history are collected. From a walkway you can observe the whole process of…

The Feast of Moors and Christians (Moros y Cristianos) make up a substantial part of village life. Hence this museum, which explains the history of Bocairent’s principal festival. The museum holds displays of the clothing, fiesta programmes, musical scores, etc of the nine participating groups. Using illustrations, graphic and didactic…

The so-called Taco Factory is an example of the conversion of large industrial buildings for cultural use. This remarkable building, built in ashlar stone next to the river, houses the Provincial Fire Museum, where the heritage that the different fire stations in the province of Alicante have been treasuring over…

A small well, recently restored and visitable, is the testimony of an economic activity already extinct: the snow trade. Topped with a vault, it is listed as one of the 137 caves in the Southern Betic sector. Its activity was strictly local, without intervening in large-scale marketing. According to Agullent's…

The IVAM-CADA in Alcoy is a multidisciplinary centre focused on plastic arts and contemporary culture. It is located in the historic building of the old Monte de Piedad. It is jointly managed by the Institut Valencià d'Art Modern (IVAM) of the Generalitat Valenciana, the Fundación Caja Mediterráneo and the Alcoy…

Stopping off at this beautiful park in the heart of the historic centre of the city of Alcoy is certainly worthwhile. Built on land belonging to the garden of the convent of San Francisco (founded in 1569 and disentailed in 1835), since 1836 it was the first public walk the…

The Living Oil Museum of Muro is installed in the City council and was inaugurated at the beginning of 2003. His first presentation to the public in general no only was the sample of a recently rehabilitated enclosure that housed pieces that were used to produce oil. In this occasion…

The renovated Alcoy Museum of the Festival represents the most avant-garde contribution of the Association of St. George to the maintenance of the traditions and essences of the Moors and Christians Festival alive, using the most advanced technologies. An educational and entertaining walk through the memory and history of a…

This bridge was built between 1828 and 1838. It is Alcoi’s first great public work and contributed to foster communications in the area. The bridge named after María Cristina Borbón Dos Sicilias, king Fernando VII’s fourth wife. In its Medievalist style, it combines the use of rough stone ashlars and…

Under the protection of the generic Declaration of the Decree of April 22, 1949, and Law 16/1985 on the Spanish Historical Heritage. This tower is located near the recreation area of Mariola Source and is accessible after a relativevly easy climb that allows to admire magnificent views of the natural park. In…

The Christian foundation of the town of Alcoy dates back to 1256, and from 1305 it had its first urban expansion or suburb, which in the 14th century was called Pobla Nova de Sant Jordi or Vilanova d'Alcoi. The Raval Vell was defended by a wall and several towers, of…

The Museum of Local Trades and Customs contains an ethnographic collection divided into three main areas: textiles (with looms, machinery, and documents), the fields and mountains (space dedicated to agricultural trades and customs, and the large mountain farmsteads), and the customs and practices of Bocairent.

The Party Museum finds inside the Castle. Through him we can discover the singularity of the parties of Moors and Christians of the location.

The essence of the party in a house built among the 17th and 18th centuries and that it is at present headquarters of the Association of Moors and Christians Party, Museum and Musical Archive. It has exposures of clothing, documents, and a monographic of the musician contestano Gustavo Pascual, author…

This museum exposes the artisan job of espadrille that had his maximum expansion at the beginning of the S.xx. The museum has a documentary that relates us all the process, with ancient artisans espadrilles. It is very interesting the reproduction of a workshop that finds in the upper plant.

The museum of the pharmacy finds at the side of the tourist office. It inaugurated in 2018 and inside you can see objects related with the history of the pharmacy or how the apothecaries prepared his recipes.

It is one of the few testimonies that have been preserved of the medieval walls that were built around La Vila, or first enclosure of the medieval Alcoy, whose construction was carried out throughout the second half of the 13th century. The tower has its base, the entrance door and…

Built in 1915 by the insurance company La Unión Alcoyana, a company that managed the firefighting service between 1888 and 1955. It is a singular architecture and an exceptional witness to explain the industrialization process of Alcoy, following the canons of the Art Nouveau style, work of the architect from…

Devoted to the study, preservation and spreading of vertebrates and human paleontology. The visit begins with a mural portraying human evolution and an audio guide to welcome you. In his interior you will find recreations of the evolution of the man until our days, dinosaurs to scale and a big…

This Plaza Mayor -called Plaça de Dins- preserves the classicist arches of the cloister of the Convent of San Agustín, built in the 14th century and later reformed, which after the confiscation of the Church's and religious communities' property in 1837, was acquired by the City Council and fitted out…

Located in the Ermita square, Muro, it has twenty-six washing areas.

It is one of the best preserved public washhouses (old laundry) in the area and it’s located in a place of great beauty, Plaza del Azud. In addition, this 19th century washhouse is one of the largest of all those preserved in the province of Alicante. At present it still…

The tradition of the religious panels started in the mid 18th Century and has become a permanent habit in Muro that is still very present currently.Witnesses of the intangible and material cultural heritage, they are found in public and private places and accompany of embellishments that become very complex in some…

Old underground convent of nuns excavated in the mid-sixteenth century to which two convents of later construction were overlaid. It occupies an area of 48 m2 and has different units inside: entrance hall, chapel – with moldings forming the ceiling decoration carved with surprising accuracy-, dining room -dominated by the large conical fireplace 10m…

An underground tunnel dug into the rock gives access to the base of the only deposit located in a urban area. The storage area is also carved in stone except a portion of the roof with a partially built dome sitting on blocks. It’s easily accessible and located on the…

Permanent museum collection located in the High School Pare Eduard Vitoria.

It was built in 1931 according to the project of Joaquín Aracil Aznar. This temple belongs to the Salesian College of San Vicente Ferrer, and its side chapels are decorated with excellent pictorial murals representing local themes related to Saint George and the Moors and Christians Festival, Industry, Saint John…

The first news about the origins of the Parish of St. Michael the Archangel can be found in the 14th century, when it is recorded that the priest of Agres attended the diocesan synods held in Valencia. It is also known that during the year 1615 works were carried out…

Chapel dedicated to the patron saint of the textile guild, built in 1790 and extended in 1875 by José Moltó Valor It is a unique building that belongs to the Textil Alcoyana business group. The dome of the chapel is in Rococo style, and it represents the patron saints and…

The town of Agres was an old Muslim farmhouse, and the Islamic fortress was built nearby at the end of the 12th century. In the western part of the town, the fortified watchtower was built. Declared BIC for additional disposition according to the Law 16/1985. An old wall tower which,…

This chapel was built following the town’s reconquest by the troops of James I in 1245, who in accordance with tradition constructed the chapel over the entry gateway to the town, so that everyone passing through it was protected by the Virgin. The gateway is known as the Portal of…

The legend goes that in 1536 two young men dressed as pilgrims approached these lands. Gazing upon the looming hilltop, they thought it was ideal for laying out a Calvary footpath, exclaiming to everyone around them: “What a wonderful hilltop you have here to make a Calvary way”. It was…

Between the towns of Ontinyent, Bocairent and Alfafara a total of 13 groups have been documented, with the Moorish Caves being the most numerous. The Colomer Caves constitutes another group of cave-windows situated within the confines of the old town of Bocairent. In 2011 they were restored and converted into…

The museum is situated inside the Park of Villa Rosario, in the main edifice. This museum shows the history and the tradition paper bin  of the municipality, the origin of the paper, his prime matters, etc. Besides, his temporary exposures wake up the interest of his visitors, standing out the…

The Vinalopó Castle is a Moorish construction that is located within the Sierra Mariola Natural ParkFortress built in the XII-XIII centuries near the source of the Vinalopó River. It only preserves the eastern wall of the tower and some parts of the wall. It was used as a refuge for…