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Top Choice Museum in Villena

Museo Arqueológico

Plaza de Santiago is at the heart of Villena's old quarter, and within the imposing 16th-century Palacio Municipal, seat of the town council, is this archaeological museum. There are some magnificent pieces in the n…
Valencian in Villena

La Despensa

Near the station, La Despensa offers handsome traditional decor and excellent cuisine. It does some great rices, including a very tasty one with rabbit and snails, as well as some impressive slabs of meat on the gri…
Castle in Villena

Castillo de la Atalaya

Perched above the old town, this 12th-century castle has been handsomely restored and is splendidly lit at night. Entrance is by guided visit, in Spanish with English asides. Tickets can be bought at the town's tour…
Valencian in Villena

Restaurante Miguel Ángel

In an elegant interior just off the town-hall square, this restaurant aims gastronomically high, and succeeds more often than not. Elaborately prepared tapas add to a solid offering of rice, meat and seafood dishes,…
Fiesta in Villena

Moros y Cristianos

Villena's main fiesta is a boisterous affair based around the town's patron, the Virgin of the Virtues. With 14 Moor and Christian groups, just about the whole town is decked out in extravagant costume. The nocturna…
Spanish in Villena

Salvadora

This hotel restaurant has a popular bar doing a range of tapas, and a more formal dining area that deals in, among other things, the local speciality triguico picao, a stew of wheat, beans, pork and turnip. It's pre…