Bocairent, a Valencian village full of history, culture, and landscape, is nestled in a mountainous area of the Valencian Community. Its most emblematic monuments, of Christian and Muslim origin, give meaning to its most popular festival: Moors and Christians.
Bocairent, also known as Bocairente, is a charming village with lots to see and do, which stands out for its natural spaces, museums, monuments, and festivals.
If you visit Bocairent, you can enjoy a privileged landscape, with its agricultural areas, routes, and trails. In Bocairent, you will find the Serra Mariola natural park, the Clarià river, and the source of the Vinalopó river. All this natural environment is uniquely combined with a historic town, with its prehistoric sites, old town, Les Covetes dels Moros, its fountains, churches, and bridges.
Among the most valuable monuments in Bocairent is the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, which combines Gothic art and later influences. Inside the church is the Parochial Museum, which features works by the painter Joaquin Sorolla, among others.
Another charm of this Valencian town is the Plaça de Bous, carved on rock in 1843. This peculiar square, which is worth visiting, is not only the oldest in Bocairent, but in the entire Valencian Country.
You cannot travel to Bocairent without visiting the cavas, constructions that were made from the 16th century to take advantage of the snow in the mountains. The most popular are L’Engolada, Sant Miquel, Sant Blai, or L’Arquejada, among others. They are part of the Sierra de Mariola natural park, of great beauty and richness in fauna and flora. This mountain range was declared a Natural Park in 2002 and covers a wide area beyond Bocairent, a total of sixteen thousand hectares from Agres to Muro.
In addition, this Valencian village offers the best gastronomic tradition, with its stuffed peppers, typical stews, and delicious pastries with classic local desserts such as sweet potato cakes.
A good time to visit Bocairent, whether in a van or any other means, is in February. The second month of the year is when the festival of Moors and Christians is celebrated in Bocairent in honor of Saint Blaise. Another great event of the year is in August, when the San Agustin festival takes place, full of traditional dances and delicacies.
In Bocairent, you can travel back in time through its cobbled streets in the old town, and you can also breathe pure air in its more natural areas. A visit to this hidden gem of the Valencian Community will not disappoint you.
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