On the Marina Alta trekking holiday you will be discovering some of the most interesting walking in the Costa Blanca Mountains, and in particular the Barranc del Infern, an astonishing gorge carved into the surrounding mountains, and walk the 3000 cobbled steps that descend and ascend the gorge – the locals refer to this as the “Walker’s Cathedral” and it is easy to see why.
In late March and early April you will catch the cherry trees in blossom, the speciality of the Vall de Gallinera and Vall de Laguar, when the white flowers give the impression of a light sprinkling of snow. The fruit is harvested from May onwards.
Finally you descend from the mountains to cross the coastal plain to Dénia passing through groves of oranges and mandarins, from February onwards you can enjoy the fruit and the exquisite scent of orange blossom. March April and May are the months when you can expect to see orchids in the Vall de Laguar, which could be called the Valley of the Orchids for its exuberant displays of orchids adjacent to the footpaths, your route notes include places where you can expect to see the best displays.
One of the pleasures of this walking tour is the variety of the landscapes you will be exploring, perhaps the most important attribute of any walking holiday and it means that no two days are ever the same. The views, the plants, the architecture and the character of each valley and each village stimulates the senses and presents a continuous parade of features to enjoy and admire.
The intriguing history of the area adds another dimension to your holiday and brings to life aspects of the countryside that otherwise would have remained unnoticed – you will visit Al-Azrak’s castle, the last Arab commanders to rule the in this part of Spain and where he signed the Peace Treaty in 1245 with King James l of Aragon – the mountain-top refuge of a former Nazi fugitive plus a catalogue of features, from cave paintings to lime kilns, where mankind has left his mark on the landscape over the millennia.
The trek route includes stays in Adsubia, Benissiva, Alcalá de la Jovada, Vall d’Ebo, Fleix, Benimeli and the port town of Dénia and passes through La Carroja, Alpatró, Llombay, Benisili, Sagra and El Verger.
We provide you with maps, route notes and a Garmin GPS for navigating so you can be sure of getting to your destination with no worries at all.