Torremanzanas is a small village of around 758 inhabitants, located at approximately 42 km North of Alicante inland, surrounded by pine and  kermes oak forests and an abundance of almond trees at around 800 m above sea level.
This typically Spanish village and surrounding area has not been spoilt by tourism and conserves the wonderful feeling of being in the Spain of yesteryear. The village people are very friendly and welcoming here.


Torremanzanas occupies a narrow valley carved by the Torremanzanas river
(ravine), that flows into the Monnegre river and is flanked by the towns of Jijona, Alcoy,Benifallim, Peñaguila and Relleu.

The remote origin of the town lies in a Muslim castle; an old Almohad tower (XII-XIII century) located in the highest point of the village, known as the High House, ( Casa Alta ) now recognised as the symbol of Torremanzanas, as in the olden days the village had only two streets which were located around this very tower. Torre (tower) Manzanas ( streets/blocks ).

Economy here is based mainly on rainfed agriculture (almonds, oil, fruits and vegetables) planted mainly on bancales ( balconied land ) and attracts rural tourism, as it is an excellent area for hiking, biking, horse riding etc. There is lots to explore in Torremanzanas, caves, mountain peaks,historic buildings, snow wells …… just to name a few.


A very interesting building, because of its historical role, is what used to be a hospital for tuberculosis patients, which formerly had been a military hospital, in times of the Spanish Civil War. It is currently abandoned, but still has an impressive charm, mostly because of the history hidden in it’s walls.

Torremanzanas is all in all a delightful place to learn about the culture, traditions and day to day life in a small Spanish village.

Interesting link to Torremanzanas :

Short video in English :   Torremanzanas Video