Fonts de l'Algar (Algar Waterfalls)

June 1, 2017

 

Approximately 10 kilometers from Altea, 3 km from the centre of a medieval town town called Callosa d´en Sarria, you will find Algar Waterfalls. Algar river crosses Callosa d'en Sarria on it's way to Altea where it goes into the ocean.

 

The Algar river form a series of naturally occurring waterfalls and is part of a park with an elevated grade of conservation of ecological richness. There is a 1.5 kilometer long path (including steps) along the river where you can enjoy the picturesque views of the waterfalls with it's dams of crystal clear water knows as the source of health.  You will be able to take a swim in these dams if you like, so it is  important to remember to bring a swimming suit and a towel, as well as good shoes for walking.

 

Driving to Algar from Altea or Calpe drive the N-332 road to Urbanizacion Sierra Altea, where you take the CV-755 which gets you directly to Callosa d’En Sarria (which is just 2 minutes from the waterfall).

 

 

If you want to see more spectacular views, including wonderful views of the coastline from Calpe to Alicante, as well as the the view of the mountains Aitana and Xortàyou, can always go on a 5.5 kilometer low difficulty hiking trip called PR-CV 48. It is a 2 hour and 30 minute trip with a slope of 600 mts. Trekking shoes are recommended. 

 

The hiking trip goes on Fort Pathway. This pathway links the Algar Waterfalls to the Fort of Bèrnia. Along the way, you will find some old plots, a cave which used to be a rest area and a cattle corral. You will also find some explanatory panels in which the purposes of each place are displayed. On clear days, Ibiza island can be seen from the Fort of Bèrnia. The indigenous flora consist mainly of kermes oaks, palmettos, pine trees, esparto grass, thorny brooms, etc.

 

The Fort of Bèrnia, was built in 1562 by the royal engineer Juan Bautista Antonelli. It was a magnificent and clear exponent of the military architecture in the Renaissance epoch. King Philip II of Spain ordered its construction to face the Ottoman incursions on the coast. In 1612, because of its inefficiency and because it was far from the coast, it was demolished by order of Philip III of Spain.At the Fort you can still see the archs, the fosse, the bastion, the well and the wall remains. The wall measured 110 meters long and 110 meters wide. It has been considered as a Property of Cultural Interest since 1997.The explanatory panels show the ancient running and use of the Fort. 

 

If you or your children are interested in dinosaurs, you may want to visit Dino Park at the same trip. 

 

Altea is considered to be one of Costa Blanca's most beautiful cities. If you are planning an Altea Holiday we have a great selection of Holiday Rentals in Altea. Please contact us if you are looking to rent a privately owned villa or apartment for your Altea holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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