Hidden away from the regular tourist trail, Novelda is around a 30-minute drive west of Alicante on the A-31.
While you might not imagine that a small town a little way inland would hold all that much intrigue, there is actually a surprising variety of things to see and do around here.
With exceptional features such as salt ponds in nearby valleys to stunning architectural marvels, you will be impressed by the beauty on offer.
If you are staying in Alicante, this is a convenient journey for a day trip. Here are some of the most popular things to do in Novelda…
Museum of Modernism
Novelda is home to some attractive modernist architecture, which you will find in the centre of town. There is even a Museum of Modernism to visit to obtain a greater insight into the history of the movement.
More correctly described as a converted house, the museum is distributed across three floors, with everything from murals and paintings to carved sculptures and modernist furniture.
Monastery of Santa María Magdalena
One of the major showpieces of the town is the Monastery of Santa María Magdalena. You can pop in to enjoy the architecture or dine in a restaurant on the terrace and enjoy stunning views of the surrounding area if you have a little more time.
Designed by a disciple of the legendary Antoni Gaudi, the church possesses more than a passing resemblance to a downsized version of the famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
A little distance from the centre of town, this is a magnificent example of Spanish art nouveau architecture that is relatively unusual around the Costa Blanca.
In a nod to the marble industry that has been hugely important for Novelda, the organ in the church utilises this rock material in its design.
Castillo de la Mola
Located behind the monastery is another imposing sight, La Mola Castle, highlighted by its most memorable architectural aspect – a triangular tower.
The castle is mostly a ruin now, although it was designated an Asset of Cultural Interest back in 1931 and the authorities have been committed to its preservation.