Guadalest, Spain

Last week, we visited Alicante, Spain together. Today we move to Guadalest, a small village about 30 minutes from the Mediterranean coast.

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It is nestled high up in the mountains.

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Moorish architecture, just down the road in Alicante

And relatively unspoiled since it was settled by the Moors.

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We frequented an outdoor cafe where we discovered ginger beer shandies. A ginger shandy is similar to a Moscow Mule, but far more refreshing on a summer day. It’s made with equal parts ginger ale and pilsner beer, but can also be made with equal parts fizzy lemonade and beer. Or if you prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, try using fizzy lemonade and a ginger beer (while called beer, they’re non-alcoholic). Top with a piece of crystalized ginger or a twist of lemon and you’ve got a beautiful cocktail–or mocktail–proven to beat the summer heat.

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And you’ll definitely want a refreshing drink in Guadalest, after all the walking (and climbing) you’ll do. It’s set in the mountains and you can walk up a path to the iconic belfry, pictured above. There are sloping paths cut into the rock face that run to castle ruins and church precariously perched above.

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For a bit of fun, visit the microgigantic museum! It’s fantastic to see these extraordinary miniatures. As they say, are the “most incredible in the world” and I believe it.

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Even the trip out of town is beautiful, with awe-inspiring views. I was sad to leave, but eager to press on to our next stop: Barcelona!