Welcome to Pilar de la Horadada, a peaceful town located in the southeast of Spain. With its ecological richness, historical monuments, beautiful beaches, and rich cultural heritage, Pilar de la Horadada is a perfect destination for those who seek a relaxing and enriching vacation.
Located only 66 km south of Alicante, Pilar de la Horadada is the southernmost town in the Valencian Community, only 1 km north of the regional border with the Province of Murcia. This location makes it an ideal destination for those who want to enjoy both the natural beauty of the mountains and the sea.
One of the most remarkable features of Pilar de la Horadada is its ecological richness. The district boasts an abundance of hawthorn, globularia, mastic, Kermes Oak, and chamaerops. The region is also home to many birds of prey, such as peregrine falcons, golden eagles, European sparrowhawks, and kestrels. The Protected Zone of Sierra Escalona is one of the best places to explore the local wildlife and bird species.
Pilar de la Horadada has a rich cultural heritage that is reflected in its historical monuments and museums. The Parish Church of Nuestra Señora del Pilar, located in the center of the town, is one of the most significant religious monuments in the region. Built in 1986 on the same site as its predecessor, the church houses many examples of religious art, especially works from the local artists José María Sánchez Lozano and Manuel Ribera Girona. The Watch Tower, built in 1591 to protect the inhabitants of the town against the Mediterranean pirates, is another historical monument worth exploring. Situated on the beach, in the nearby village of Torre de la Horadada, it offers a stunning view of the sea and the surrounding landscape. The Archaeological ruins of Thiar, an old Roman town on the Vía Augusta, the main route between Illici (Elche) and Carthago Nova (Cartagena), two of the most important Roman cities in Spain, is another must-visit destination for history enthusiasts. The Archaeological – Ethnological Museum is a great place to learn more about the history of the region and its cultural heritage.
Pilar de la Horadada is also famous for its beautiful beaches, which are spread along five kilometers. The long, fine, and white sand beaches are relatively safe places, and swimming is permitted in mild conditions. Under the sea, one can see the marine biodiversity and the poseidonia. The quality of these beaches is demonstrated with their Blue Flags. Las Higuericas and Mil Palmeras are two of the most popular beaches in the district.
Pilar de la Horadada is a town with a rich cultural heritage, and the locals take pride in their cultural traditions. The Festivals in honor of the Blessed Virgin, celebrated from 29 September until 30 October, are some of the most popular festivals in the region. The Floral Tribute (11 October) is one of the highlights of the festival, alongside the Solemn Mass, the procession, and Las carrozas (one week later). The Summer festivals, celebrated on 30 July, marks the Independence from the Orihuela Council (1986).
Pilar de la Horadada is not only a cultural and historical destination but also a perfect place for sports enthusiasts. The Unión Deportiva Horadada is a football club in Pilar de la Horadada. The town lies between the sea and the mountains and has a Mediterranean climate, making it an ideal destination for sports activities such as hiking, cycling, swimming, and water sports.
Come and explore the hidden gem of Pilar de la Horadada, and experience the rich cultural heritage, natural beauty, and warm hospitality of the locals. Book your tickets now and get ready for an unforgettable vacation in the heart of Spain.