Inland from the resorts of the Costa Blanca lies some of the best walking country in Spain. The sparsely populated mountains rise up to 3000ft and are a haven for wildlife including wild cats and genets, badgers and weasels and even golden eagles. Well maintained tracks along the rocky peaks and through lush valleys link traditional villages where the old Valencian lifestyle still prevails. Your holiday base in Calpe has a bit of everything – beautiful beaches, a lively and picturesque old town, stunning scenery in the shape of the immense Rock of Ifach and varied wildlife, both on the Rock and on the saltpans.
- 7 nights half board accommodation at the 4* Diamante Beach Hotel, Calpe
- 3 walks amid the mountainous hinterland
- One free spa circuit in the hotel
- Services of a tour representative
- Return flights and coach transfers
-Optional excursion to Valencia
DAY ONE: Flight to Alicante. Transfer to your hotel for seven nights half board accommodation. Transfer time one hour, depending on traffic.
DAYS TWO TO SEVEN: At leisure in Calpe with three included guided walks.
Walk 1: You will have a short coach transfer for the first included walk on the unspoilt Serra d’Oltà hills. You follow a circular route around the peak, mainly along good forestry tracks, with ascents of 320m and descents of 380m. The route affords good views of the coast and surrounding mountains as it passes through pinewoods and moorland. You will make a stop at St Francis’ hermitage. The walk is approx 5 miles.
Walk 2: 25-mile coach transfer to the start of your walk in the historic mountain village of Tàrbena. You start with a visit to the ruins of a Moorish castle with panoramic views of the Tárbena Valley and its system of cultivated terraces. Descending from the castle, you pass the site of a long–abandoned village, and then walk along the old road that connected Tàrbena with the neighboring village of Castells de Castells. At Benipla, a deep valley etched into the mountainside, you follow an ancient footpath around the valley to the site of a Bronze Age Iberian settlement, from where you have a glimpse of the 300m-deep Pas Tancat gorge – one of the most impressive geological features in the area. Your circuit continues on to the Serral peak with excellent views over all of the coastal plain before returning to Tàrbena with time for refreshments, or even a pub lunch, before returning to Calpe. Just over 5 miles with ascents/descents of 450m.
Walk 3: 50-minute coach transfer to the start of the walk which will explore the Jalon Valley, famous for its vineyards, fine wines and the typical sweet white Mistela. The route starts from the summit of the Coll de Rates from where you have panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the Tárbena Valley, the Sierra de Ferrer and the Jalon Valley with its whitewashed villages, vineyards and citrus groves set out in neat rows. The route descends from the Coll de Rates along the old Royal Road that takes you down into the Jalon Valley. This footpath was the principal connection between the provincial capitals of Valencia and Alicante up until the early 20th century. You then follow an easy footpath through pinewoods along the southern flanks with views of the valley below. 6 miles, with ascents of 80m and descents of 525m.
As well as the Rock of Ifach trail in Calpe, there is an eco-trail at the base of Ifach and two ‘Voramar’ paths in Calpe along the water’s edge to Arenal-Bol beach and the marina of Les Bassetes. There will also be an optional full day excursion to the city of Valencia.
DAY EIGHT: Free time until departure for the airport and your flight home.
If you have friends who are not walkers interested in this itinerary, we also offer it with a touring programme.
4* DIAMANTE BEACH HOTEL
The hotel is located on the Levante Beach just a few metres from the promenade. The hotel’s modern style is characterised by its spectacular glass façade. Rooms are equipped with a full bathroom with hairdryer, air-conditioning, safety deposit box, mini-bar, telephone, satellite tv, wifi and internet connection, and large balcony. There are three outdoor pools, cafeteria, piano bar, and the Mediterranean cuisine buffet restaurant with “Show Cooking”. The spa centre offers a large heated pool with a vast range of spa amenities. Our guests receive one free circuit of the spa consisting of 16 elements including hydromassage, turkish bath, ice fountain, thermal bath, jacuzzi, sauna and 5 different sorts of shower. (www.diamantebeach.com)
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