While my last post was related to Campo Arriba, this post will be about the nearby attraction of Alpuente. Originally a Muslim kingdom, this town is dominated by two structures: the castle on top of the town peak, and the octagonal church tower, a feature introduced by the Moors. Without getting into too much of the history, you should know that it was conquered by the James the Conquerer (see his statue on the page), king of Aragon, in 1229, and has been part of Spain since. Even the name “Alpuente” is common in the Valencia region, as many families can trace their roots to this one town with agricultural heritage.

What remains now is a beautiful town, friendly people, and amazing architecture. For example, we went downstairs to a restaurant on the side of a hill, then downstairs again to have a seat IN A CAVE. There’s always a first time for everything. The castle proper has a metal gate built into its fortifications. The now-in-ruins castle looks down on the town. The patron saint of the church has a pig (St. Anthony the Great, perhaps?) and there is another saint overlooking the city, San Blas Opisbo de Sabaste, who was a hermit, bishop, and martyr. The view to the surrounding countryside is unbelievable. Take a look for yourself.

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