Villajoyosa or La Vila Joiosa is a coastal town and municipality in the Province of Alicante, Valencian Community, Spain, by the Med’ Sea. The town is known to the locals simply as La Vila.
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 Moors and Christians celebrated at the end of July, was declared an International Tourist Interest Festival.