Alicante self guided walking holiday
Description of Alicante self guided walking holiday
This eight day, tailor made holiday has been a firm favourite with our walking holiday aficionados for over ten years now, following a 100km circular route through the Costa Blanca Mountains. Walking on average about 15km a day, you will enjoy hiking from inn to inn through traditional white washed villages, verdant valleys, aromatic pine covered sierras and ever changing limestone terrain where wildflowers cling to mountain sides and rocky outcrops.
The fusion of Mediterranean and Moorish culture in the Guadalest, Seta and Tárbena Valleys, where you stay in small locally owned ‘casas’ and hostels in villages that date back hundreds of years. In each spot along the way, you will feel immersed in very tranquil, rural life and meet very few other travellers along the way.
The Moors literally carved their culture into these landscapes, converting steep slopes into fertile terraces, revealing mountain springs, creating winding footpaths and cobbled mule trails. All of which we walkers are now able to enjoy for leisure purposes, helping us to ascend highlights such as Aitana and Serrella, which proffer the most spectacular views of the area. Note that between Dec-Feb you may find snow on some of these higher peaks.
On this holiday, breakfasts and dinners are included in the price, although your accommodation will be happy to prepare a packed lunch which you can pay for locally. All wine with dinner should be paid for locally too.
We do provide Garmin hand-held GPS devices, although we also have downloadable routes for your smart phones if preferred. We also provide maps and detailed notes and transfer your bags for you from one accommodation to the next. If you have a few more days to stay, we have a wonderful village cottage to stay in Tárbena where you can relax after your walking week, or take on a few extra treks in the area.
Best time to go walking in Alicante
This is a tailor made holiday and so we can arrange it any time you like, with start and finish dates to suit you. Please note, however, that we don’t recommend walking this route in the height of summer as it does get extremely hot. Any other time of year, including winter, is perfect, between mid September and mid June. A few seasonal specialties include Callosa’s Moors and Christians Fiesta in October, and our hotel there overlooks the main square with a great view of all the festivities. Mid February is also a particularly spectacular time in the mountains as the almond trees are in full blossom, proffering splashes of pink and white throughout the hills as well as the most delightful springtime aroma.
5 Reviews of Alicante self guided walking holiday
Reviewed on 19 Feb 2017 by Gabriel HydeDramatic scenery. Really excellent. Read full review
Reviewed on 26 May 2016 by Michael WilkinsonWonderful experience - well organised and stress free! Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Jun 2015 by Gerald McManusExcellent, regarding the quality of Erik service, the selection of the trails and of the accommodations. Read full review
Reviewed on 07 Jan 2013 by Sandra OThe Walks everyday were so amazing and varied, it is hard to pick a favorite. Also the food was great, and there was lots of it. And the hosts were always welcoming and hospitable. I felt I had made a new friend every day. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Mar 2012 by Brian GarsdenThe most memorable part of this holiday is difficult to choose. Probably the longest day over the "moorland " and then down into the valley where we were dwarfed seemingly on all side by the high mountainous walls surrounding it. Read full review
PlanetDiversifying into rural tourism allows the villagers to develop an income that contributes towards sustaining the rural economy, and in turn, allows the villagers to continue caring for their land and conserves the diversity of flora, fauna and landscape.
The conservation of these biological and landscape values is crucial in an area acknowledged as a European bio-diversity hotspot but that has little, or no, official status or protection.
A walking holiday also has a small carbon footprint and so has little impact on global warming.
PeopleYour visit to this area will both make a difference to the local community and the to the environment. Rural depopulation and an aging population structure are slowly eroding the traditional way of life pursued by the inhabitants of these mountain villages for hundreds of years.
Our main aim in promoting this trek is to help provide these villages with an economic alternative that respects cultural and environmental values. In most, farming is the only means of earning a living. However, continuing reductions in crop prices and rising production costs means that it is becoming less and less viable to farm these steep mountains.
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