Around the old town of Bocairent

The medieval quarter of Bocairent was declared a national historical and artistic site in 1975. Its special orography of huddled houses gives it a very peculiar aspect, with its narrow and staggered streets, such as “les Voltes” street, Sant Joan street, “Emboç” street…; small squares such as Canterería or Sant Vicent street; chapels such as Sant Joan, Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados and Nuestra Señora de Agosto; portals and old accesses such as “Agost”, Sant Blai or La Calzada Excusada… The large number of fountains that we will find throughout the area of the old town, reminds us of the importance that water has always had for the people; fountains such as Gracia, Sant Jaume, l’Aljub, dels Manyàs … (all built between 1793 and 1794).

The Parish Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción is one of the most important monuments of the municipality; built on the ruins of the old Arab castle. It is also worth mentioning the viewpoints overlooking the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park and the Covetes dels Moros. Another element that can be visited is an old washing place, recently restored.

The Magic Route gives us a view from outside of the old town and the orchards built by the Arabs and still in production today.

One of the most recent discoveries has been the remains of some medieval houses, discovered in 2008, thanks to the rehabilitation work carried out in the old town of Bocairent. They are of great interest, as they show us what the houses would have looked like at the beginning of industrialization. The textile works were carried out in the same houses, while they coexisted with the work in the garden and the care of the animals.