La Vila Joiosa is the historic capital of the Marina Baixa district.
It is a fishing port and tourist attraction in one. The port and seafront promenade, in the Arsenal quarter near the sea, are surrounded by multicolour houses built around a church dedicated to the Assumption.
The Doctor Esquerdo boulevard runs along the broad beach on which the town is built.
A visit to the port in the afternoon will provide you with the chance to see the day's catch being auctioned off at the market.
The whole town's marine vocation is represented in the July fiestas, when the traditional battle between the Moors and Christians is held at sea and on the beach.
Points of interest
Church of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
Roman Tower of Sant Josep
Local Archaeology and Ethnology Museum
Seafront esplanade (Paseo Maritimo)
Fish exchange with the traditional auction
Fiesta of St Maria
Fiesta of Lady of Mt Carmelo (Procession and popular games)
Moors and Christians
Fiesta of the Archangel San Miguel
Playa del Torres
Playa dels Estudiants
Playa de Mal Pas
Playa del Paradís
Playa del Bol Nou
Playa de Esparrelló
Playa de la Caleta
Playa del Xarco
Calle Colón, 40 (Xalet Centella) 03570 La Vila Joiosa (Alicante)
Phone: 96 685 13 71
Links of interest
Fiesta: Moors and Christians