Alcoy is a city that makes an unexpected contrast with the rest of the province of Alicante.

About 54 km. Alicante and 105 km. Valencia is this town, the waters ofwhich moved waterwheels that decided the laborious and industrial vocation of its people, by dint of effort, imagination and courage to develop the textile, paper and metal.

Surrounded by mountains, presents the unique combination of having one of the mostgenuine Mediterranean forests and found in the same municipality remains of whatwas the social change brought about by the Industrial Revolution in Spain.

Walking through its streets reveals clearly the effort of its people to thrive in an environment ofgreat natural beauty, but extraordinarily complex orographic for urban development.