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 moderate ascents of approx 220m and just one short section of stony footpath. 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. On the return the coach detours to pass the salt flats and the Rock of Ifach. If you wish you can alight there, take lunch, have a walk on Ifach. A marked trail through and around the Rock will take about 2 ½ hours to complete.
Walk 2: Coach transfer to your second walk in Castells de Castells, 25 miles away in the Serra Serrella. This walk is about 9 miles, with climbs of 500m. You start from the village of Castells de Castells and ascend gently along a wide forestry track which levels out to give you views over the village and surrounding countryside. Your route then takes you along the peak ridge with outstanding views of two valleys. You climb further along the ridge up to an altitude of 980m and the site of a Moorish castle, which was abandoned in the 15th century. To visit the remains of the castle requires a steep scramble to the top, but without scrambling the views from the base are more than enough to take you back to the times of the conflict between Christians and Moors as they fought to retain control of this area.
Walk 3: 25 mile coach transfer to your final included walk from Tarbena to Bolulla. This 5 mile walk with 145m ascents starts with a panoramic view of the Tarbena Valley and then descends through quiet and hidden valleys, cloaked in terraces of almonds, olives, carob, vines and cherries. You pass through the impressive Pas Tancat Gorge where you may get a glimpse of golden Eagles and then beneath an abandoned Moorish castle perched high on a nearly vertical blade of rock. You descend to pass groves of lemons, oranges and mandarins until you reach the charming village of Bolulla with its narrow, steep and winding streets, where you have time for lunch either in the bar-restaurant or in the shade of the giant Poplar trees that line the riverbed. 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.
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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