The 1609 decree expelling the Moors dramatically affected the town's population, who fled to the mountains and then, together with the Moors of Finestrat and Sella, rose up against Alicante.
After they were routed there remained only 15 old Christian families in the village. Originally formed around the Moorish castle, the town became one of the most populous of the area at the beginning of the 20th century, having 3,342 inhabitants.
Today, through emigration and the scarcity of agricultural land, the population of the town has again decreased. The town has a very interesting and well-preserved urban structure.