If you enjoy Hiking, Altea is the perfect vacation spot for you! There are many mountains to hike in and around Altea on the Costa Blanca. Hiking is the very best way to get in some exercise as the spectacular views completely make you forget that you are exercising.
Outbound Adventures offer several hiking options in and around Altea. They have guided trips daily and all year long. They offer free transport to and from your accommodation or meeting point. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots are needed for their guided hiking trips. It is recommended to bring at least 2 liters of water and a packed lunch. And don't forget to wear sun screen!
HIKING THE PUIG CAMPANA IN ALTEA
Puig Campana in Altea is 1408 meters high and is the second highest mountain on the Costa Blanca. The highest mountain is Aitana which sits right behind Puig Campana and is 1557 meters high. This hike starts from Font de Moli in Finestrat from where you will hike the base of the rear of the mountain before you start the steep walk up to the summit. Be ready for some breathtaking views, beautiful scenery and natural fonts. You will quickly realize why this hike is a must do when in this area. The Puig Campana hike is considered hard (8/10), is 16 kilometers in distance and usually take between 5 and 7 hours.
HIKING THE SIERRA DE BERNIA IN ALTEA
If Puig Campana sounds a bit hard for you, try hiking the Sierra De Bernia instead. Sierra De Bernia is 1126 meters high and the hike is a lot easier (medium hard 5/10) and takes about 4-5 hours to hike. This hike offer stunning views, and if the weather is clear, you may even see all the way to Ibiza and Fomentera. The hike starts from Altea la Vieja and take you up to the iconic ridge line that sits behind the town of Altea. During the hike you will visit an old 16th century fort built in 1562 to be used as a look out post for Barbary pirates towards the end of the Moors and Christians campaign. You will also discover a very impressive natural tunnel (Forat) in the Sierra de Bernia mountain. The tunnel goes from the south side to the north side of the ridge. This tunnel was and still is used by the local Shepherds to help herd their flock and make it easier to count them as they one by one walk through the tunnel.
HIKING FROM POLOP TO FINESTRAT, EL CASTELLET
This medium hard (4/10) hike starts at El Castellet, close to the town of Polop and goes through a beautiful Valley with Sierra de polop and Penyo Cabel rising high on your sides. You will first hike to a point on Sierra dels Castellets (ridge line) where the views are spectacular! Later you will reach a small gap in the ridge line (Col) before winding down onto the circuit of the Puig Campana and head to Finestrat where you will get picked up. This hike is 13 kilometers long and takes about 4 to 5 hours, which includes many breaks.
HIKING TO THE GUADALEST RESERVOIR
This is an easy hike (2/10), but it is a visually stunning place to hike. You may have heard of Guadalest and it's history of Moorish settlement. Back in the 12th century the Moors settled in Guadalest due to it's perfect defensive location and hight (Approximately 595 meters high) and built a castle there. Guadalest has since been struck by earthquakes and also, during the Spanish Civil war, by bombs. Today Guadalest is classed as a monument of historical and artistic value in Spain and sits peacefully perched on top of a steep rocky outcrop with simply stunning views. More than 2 million people visits Guadalest each year to view the castle and the beautiful scenery that surrounds it. The hike starts at the Guadalest Dam, where there are amazing views down the valley and of the river de Guadalest. You will then walk around the Reservoir and it's beautiful turquoise waters in an anti-clockwise direction. The hike is about 9 kilometers and takes approximately 3 hours, which includes many breaks.
HIKING SIERRA HELADA FROM ALBIR TO BENIDORM
The Sierra Gelada National Park was classed as a nature reserve in 2005 due to it's flora, the endemic plant species such as Fumeworth and Prickly Juniper, and the more than 100 million years old fossil dunes which are unique to the Sierra Helada. Furthermore, the Sierra Helada has a history of ochre (limonite) mining. Ochre's are among the earliest pigments used by mankind. The ochre was mined here since prehistoric time (long before the Roman era). The reserve stretches from Albir to Benidorm and includes 6 kilometers of sea cliffs between the cities. Most of the reserve is actually located at sea due to its abundance of sea phanerogam (sea grass). This is one of the most dangerous hiking routes in the area and caution must be taken due to steep slopes up and down and general difficulty (2/10). However, it offers spectacular views and is a popular hiking route with the tourists. On one side you have the view of the Mediterranean sea and on the other side you can see the coastal cities Benidorm, Altea, and Albir as well as inland to the historic mountain town Tarbena. You can also see Puig Campana in the distance. This 10 kilometer long trail follows the topography of the Sierra Gelada ridge and takes you through the nature reserve to the Benidorm cross. The hike takes between 3 to 5 hours which includes many breaks.
HIKING THE AITANA, GUADALEST
The Aitana is the highest mountain on Costa Blanca, with it's highest point being 1558 meters above sea level.. The highest point are within an abandoned military base! Only a few meters away you will find the secondary summit at an impressive 1549 meters. From this summit you can look down at Guadalest, you can see Altea, Villajoisa and Puig Campana, the second highest mountain on Costa Blanca. This hiking route will take you through a field of boulders and an old ice fall which was carved out by a glacier millennia ago. You will then hike up the side of the massif wall to the top of the Aitana. This 8 kilometers long hiking route is one of the most popular on the Costa Blanca. It takes between 4 to 6 hours which includes many breaks. It is a medium to hard route (5/10). On this route you will also see the famous snow wells Pozos de Nieve, or "ice pits" which were built between the sixteenth and the eighteenth century. These holes in the ground were filled and packed with snow, covered with straw and created ice. The ice was amongst other things used for food preservation. They were no longer needed after the first ice factory in Alicante opened in June 1888.
HIKING SELLA MULE PASS
This 10 kilometers route is surrounded by pine forests as far as the aye can see and it takes you to a town called Sella, which is famous amongst rock climbers due to its impressive limestone rock faces. This hike takes you along a track that winds through some of these impressive lime stone rock faces. You will also walk a steep but impressive path in-between two rock faces, a path which was used many years ago as a Mule path for travellers coming to and from the coast. This hike takes about 3 to 5 hours, which includes many breaks. It is medium difficult (4/10).
HIKING SIERRA DE OLTA, CALPE
If you are looking for a relatively easy hiking route but with all the views, this is the route for you! It is a 8 kilometers circular route that takes you around a small mountainous elevation on the outskirts of Calpe. The route includes a visit to a quaint, little church and picnic area. With views over and down towards the famous Mascarat Gorge, and views up to the amazing Sierra Bernia, and of course over to Calpe's Peñon D'Ifach. This route is considered Easy to Medium difficulty (5/10) and takes between 3 to 5 hours which includes many breaks.
HIKING ON CALPE ROCK
The Natural park of Penyal D’Ifac, or Calpe Rock as it’s often referred to, is a limestone, rocky outcrop situated on the Coast in the town of Calpe and connected to the shore by rock debris. This hiking route is classified as medium to hard (8/10) and takes about 3-4 hours which includes many breaks. Although it is a relatively short hike at only 6 kilometers, it is a quite dangerous and steep making your way up and down from the top. A 15 meter long tunnel carved straight through the rock gives you access to the back end from where you start the difficult climb to the top. At the top you are rewarded with stunning panoramic views up and down the Costa Blanca, and the Mediterranean sea. Known to the Phoenicians as the "North Rock" it bares a resemblance to the famous Gibraltar Rock in the south. With a beautiful golden beach on the north side, and a land locked salt water lagoon behind the Ifach, the views are breathtaking. The Salt water Lagoon is also part of the Natural Park for its particular importance to many species of birds, resident and migratory. Since 1987, 173 different species have been logged, including the famous pink Flamingo and Black-winged Stilt. The Salt water lagoon was also a key area for harvesting salt back in the Roman times as they had a very strong presence in this area along with the fact they worked fish farms on the sea side of Calpe, with the area being in its prime in the 2nd Century AD. Its thought at one point they sold salt to 40 different municipalities. Sadly, towards the end of the 18th Century they became the focus of infections and caused fevers along the population.
HIKING ON SANXET CIRCUIT, POLOP
This 10 kilometer long circular route is simply spectacular and make you feel dwarfed in a landscape of huge impressive rocky formations. The route offer non stop views and a trail that takes you up close and personal to the limestone cliffs. A Buddhist retreat centre is also nestled peacefully in a secluded valley here and as you walk through its land you may even see a monk! With sweeping views down to the Guadalest valley and all around. The Sleeping Lion or "Leon Dormido" is also the name of the iconic rock faces that cast a shadow on the town of Polop simply due to their shape. It really does look like a sleeping lion sitting proudly above this quaint town! This hike is classed as medium difficult (4/10). and takes approximately 3-4 hours, which includes many breaks.
HIKING TOUR AT CASTEL DE GRANADELLA, MORAIRA
This beautiful 9 kilometer long Coastal route will take you to an old fort dating back to 1700. The fort was designed to help fortify and defend this treasured land from mainly Berber Pirates who were still loitering in the area at this time. The walk starts on the Cumbre De Sol, a beautiful Headland with stunning houses and and even better nature. A ferocious fire ravaged this area in 2016, leaving only dead standing trees for miles around. Nature is slowly coming back to this area though, and with a breathtaking coastline and a visit to a beautiful cove, you will see why this is the upper market area of the Costa Blanca. This route is classed as Medium to hard (8/10). It takes approximately 3-4 hours which includes many breaks.
SUNRISE AND SUNSET WALKS
Outbound Adventure also arrange guided sunrise/sunset walks which are simply soul moving. With the amazing scenery of the costa Blanca, combined with beautiful chilled weather this will be a memory to take away forever! Truly an unforgettable experience! These walks are focused on the experience of the sun rising or setting whilst being high above everyday life and in the middle of mother nature, therefore the walking routes themselves are planned to be some of the easier and most scenic routes.
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