Alcoy is located in the mountains to the north of Alicante in an area known as the 'Comtat' characterised by its mountain ranges, some with almost vertical sides and interlocking valleys.
Alcoy is situated in one of these valleys in a fertile agricultural area in contrast with other drier areas in the province, providing a refreshing change in scenery from the villages and towns on the Levante coast.
Alcoy is in the middle of the Mariola,
Biscoi, Marrascal, els Plans, la Serreta
and la Font Roja mountain ranges (very
popular with day trippers who flock
there to have picnics and barbecues
The town might have remained a small agricultural mountain village if it hadn't been for the industrial revolution. The growth of its textile industry converted Alcoy into the most important town in the area. Fabric is still produced in Alcoy today, as well as paper, furniture, ceramics and shoes. The growth of rural tourism is also important to the town and it remains an important agricultural area as well.
Monuments and interesting places in Alcoy
Fiestas in Alcoy: Alcoy is famous for its impressive
'Moors y Christians' fiestas which are
among the oldest and most spectacular
in Spain (Victor has written to tell
us that while the first Moors and Christian
fiestas in Alcoy were held in 1668,
others were organized in the previous
century in Orihuela (1579), Valencia
(1586) and Caudete (1588). Thanks Victor!).
The Moros and Cristianos in Alcoy attract
thousands of visitors every year. They
take place during the last week of April
to commemorate the reconquest and every
year Sant Jordi appears in a 'castle'
which is set up in the Plaza de España.
Each day during the fiestas, long processions
of different peñas of Moors and
Christians stroll proudly along the
main streets of Alcoy in an impressive
show of colour, pomp and music. People
from Alcoy spend thousands of euros
on the costumes.
Altea: Hotel Hotel AC
Ciutat D'Alcoi****: This hotel is
in an industrial building constructed
at the beginning of the 20th century.
It has been totally renovated. 85 rooms,
5 minutes from the centre of Alcoy,
in a commercial area. It has 4 business
meeting rooms and a reception room and
a good restaurant.
See photos and book this hotel online.
For more reviews of hotels near Alcoy see Hotels in Alicante
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