Villajoyosa municipality in the Province of
Community, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. The
town is known to the locals simply as La
It is the historic and administrative capital
of the comarca
of Marina Baixa
and is located 32 km from the city of Alicante, in the coastal
area known as Costa Blanca
(White Coast). La Vila Joiosa literally means Joyful Town,
although the inhabitants often abbreviate it to La Vila. It has over
three kilometers of beaches, including La Platja Centre (Central Beach),
close to the city centre. The river Amadori
runs through La Vila.
The area is famous for
its chocolate industry and tourism. One of the most popular tourist attractions
is its Gothic
Catholic church of the Assumption, with a Baroque altar piece.
Another popular destination, the Royal Palm Casino (formerly Casino Costa
Blanca), is now closed. The town's festival of Moros i
cristians celebrated at the end of July, was declared an
International Tourist Interest Festival.
La Vila has a pupation of
34.000 inhabitants and covers an area of 20,46 square kilometers