Villajoyosa (Spanish: [ˌbiʎaxoˈʝosa]), or La Vila Joiosa (Valencian: [la ˈvila dʒoˈjoza]), is a coastal town and municipality in the Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain, by the Mediterranean Sea. The town is known to the locals simply as La Vila.[2]

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 Amadorio 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,[3] celebrated at the end of July, was declared an International Tourist Interest Festival. Currently, this festivity commemorates a boat landing from the Berber pirates that was rejected by the population of the town.[4]

Playa Paraíso, Villajoyosa, España, 2014-07-03, DD 01-02 PAN
Paradise Beach in Villajoyosa.
Villajoyosa / La Vila Joiosa
Skyline of Villajoyosa
Flag of Villajoyosa

Coat of arms of Villajoyosa

Coat of arms
Villajoyosa is located in Spain
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 38°30′19″N 0°13′58″W / 38.50528°N 0.23278°WCoordinates: 38°30′19″N 0°13′58″W / 38.50528°N 0.23278°W
Country Spain
Autonomous community Valencian Community
ComarcaMarina Baixa
Judicial districtVillajoyosa / La Vila Joiosa
 • MayorJaime Lloret Lloret (PP)
 • Total20.45 km2 (7.90 sq mi)
27 m (89 ft)
 • Total33,969
 • Density1,700/km2 (4,300/sq mi)
Demonym(s)vilers, -res (va)
vileros, -ras (es)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Official language(s)Valencian
WebsiteOfficial website

Notable people

  • José Catalá, footballer

Twin towns


  1. ^ "Municipal Register of Spain 2018". National Statistics Institute. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ Lonely Planet Costa Blanca Miles Roddis – 2002 – Page 216 LA VILA JOIOSA (VILLAJOYOSA) postcode 03570 • pop 23,700 La Vila Joiosa ('Happy Town') is, in fact, a fairly staid place for most of the year. Its patron saint is Saint Martha. Known to the locals simply as La Vila, it perks up in summertime, dons its glad rags and has a ...
  3. ^ Villajoyosa Moors and Christians Fiesta Archived 12 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine,
  4. ^

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Municipalities of Marina Baixa
Municipalities of the province of Alicante

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