The JEWEL City, (JOYA) for some, for others HAPPY City, is entirely turned towards the sea, omnipresent, which marks the history of the city and explains its lifestyle, cuisine and character of the people which you will make friends quickly. Famous for its chocolate industries Vila is also a fishing port known. 





All La Vila has a common denominator: the sea, which marked its history. Its 12 km of coastline are crucial. Nothing could be understood or explained without its penetrating presence. The traditions, the character of these people, the colors of its landscape, cuisine, different trade and industry that its people have always undertaken economic activities were forged away from the sea. 


A sea story 


These first inhabitants have printed their traditions and customs with such force and intensity that "Vila", as it is known colloquially, is an inexhaustible source as rich and as many well-preserved archaeological discoveries. Historians have concluded, finally, that since the time of the Iberians, by the burgeoning wealth of the land, many people, some close and others distant, who felt attracted to the natural charm of a happy city and inviting. No need to dig to find the Vila an endless list of interesting relics: Our Lady of the Ascension of the sixteenth century, is a magnificent Gothic church fortress Levantine example. The wall that surrounds the old city is one of the best preserved specimens of military architecture of the Renaissance. 


A city full color 


The most common and best-known tradition is to paint the facades of houses in color. There has been speculation about the reasons that led the "vileros" to do so. Some think it was to distinguish their homes from the sea, but many of them do not give up on the coast. Others think they were doing to take advantage of leftover paint they used to paint their fishing boats. Whatever the reason, it clearly sees the bright, open and optimistic of a happy people. It's not for nothing that the "vila joiosa means exactly that: VILLAGE HAPPY. Guided tours through the different cultural routes of the city are particularly interesting. 


The twenty-first century 


 It is a city of services as required by the foreign visitor with good reason. The sun, the beaches gastronomy, traditions, urban infrastructure, facilities, communications, variety of leisure: the Terra Mitica theme park is just 5 km from Villajoyosa, the Casino Mediterraneo, land city ​​multisport, marina and yacht club, with its multiple ways of practicing sports the sea. nearby town of Benidorm is in itself a full catalog of recreation. A city, a country and a province dedicated to the complete satisfaction of its visitors .. 


The ever present sea 


12 km of coastline, with sandy beaches and rocky cliffs of rustic, cracks in pea gravel and fine, a fishing port and industries are connected with hundreds of people living to extract and provide us with the incomparable flavors the sea. Even cultural events and festivals found their essence in this irresistible condition maritime people. 

And version XXIst century, the new way to experience the sea, with water sports that are increasingly and increasingly well expressed in the harbor of Vila who, with two beaches, got the blue flag of the European community. 


A seafood cooking 


1000 ways to prepare rice, combining fish and seafood with vegetables and meat, multiply in inexhaustible source of flavor. Not only in its ingredients, but in its own liturgy of the table, the sailor condition these people have left a footprint. Rice is usually the first course, but in the "caldero vilero" Typically, the fish is eaten before, and thus while the guests tasted the rice is cooked with the background obtained. Paella is still the most recognized variety, reaching the symbol category. A separate chapter should be devoted to cured meats, including perhaps the flesh of tuna and eggs are the most popular. Chocolate, specialty, traditional Vila deserves special mention. 


Ocean breeze 


As if they were synonyms, tourism, leisure and diversity go hand in hand inevitably. There may be another way of understanding the overall all beaches. Some end, large and with adequate facilities to receive the Blue Flag sandy whereby the European Community recognizes the quality. Other more quiet, sheltered in fine gravel, suitable for the practice of naturism. Cracks in the crystal clear water, with a backdrop of pine forests that Paradise itself might envy. Recognizing returning visitors every year, moved there to enjoy the privileged climate in which it was blessed by nature. 


We live party 


If it is a clear manifestation of his condition Happy Village, those are his parties. In January the Magi in February hectic carnival, then Holy Week with its traditions and splendor that increases each year. The calendar is littered with occasions of rejoicing and celebration. However, the highlight of the celebrations is reached between 24 and 31 July, with the celebration of MOROS and CRISTIANOS. This festival has gained considerable fame throughout Spain and in many foreign countries, with the landing of traditional Moorish festive representation of the Berber invasion of the XVI century. Like all the Valencian people, we are not mixed with profusion and splendor music, powder and color in a fun tradition that can intoxicate joy to the most skeptical visitors. 


By land, sea and air 


The marina gets a tourist high quality. The railways of the region of Valencia connect Denia in Alicante, in a journey of tourist interest, its journey taking place along the coast of the province, making discovering the singular charm of landscapes found. However, the road is the most common way to get there. 332 national road goes right through the city and the A7, called "Mediterranean" to an output in Villajoyosa and Benidorm two motorway. Alicante, 32 km, has an international airport (EI Altet) and Valencia (Manises) is not far: an hour by motorway.