Hiking In Costa Blanca
When it comes to hiking in Costa Blanca there are literally hundreds of routes available for walkers and hikers of all abilities. Both inland and along the coastline there are beautiful valleys and mountains, as well as unspoiled natural parks and reserves boasting an interesting array of flora & fauna for hikers to enjoy. The views to be found in some of these areas are breathtaking and seem to go on for ever, such as the view from the top of Montgó Mountain that, on a clear day, reaches all the way to the island of Ibiza. For a sweeping view down the Guadalest Valley to the Bay of Altea, a visit to the tower above Guadalest Village is a must for all hikers.
Hiking In Costa Blanca
Hiking in Costa Blanca can be enjoyed right on Benidorm's doorstep, in the lovely Serra Helada Natural Park. The majority of the park is aquatic and enjoys just under 5,000 hectares of protected marine areas that are fantastic for snorkelling and kayaking. The remaining land areas of the park offer excellent hiking trails of varying difficulty. Inland from Benidorm there is the picturesque Guadalest Valley and its large lake where trails can be found along the lake shore, and throughout the valley and surrounding mountains. A bit further afield but still just an hour's drive from Benidorm is the tallest mountain for hiking in Costa Blanca Las Marinas area, the majestic Serra d'Aitana.
Costa Blanca Hiking Routes
Punta de l'Escaleta – This is a gentle route through some of the Serra Helada Natural Park that can also be done by bike or even a wheelchair. Beginning at the end of Benidorm's popular Levante Beach, the route is via a paved road until you reach a detour that descends to Tio Ximo Cove (Cala Tio Ximo) where there is the Punta Llisera viewing point. After heading back to the road the route continues to Punta de l'Escaleta where there is an old watchtower and excellent views of the park's cliffs. The round trip covers around 9 kilometres and takes between 2 – 3 hours.
Crossing the Serra Helada – Sturdy hiking boots, snacks and plenty water are advisable for this moderate to difficult route that can only be hiked. The route starts with stone steps from the recreational area of Albir and steadily winds its way past an old quarry to the access road to the telecommunication station. The station is located at the highest point of the Serra Helada where you can stop to catch your breath and enjoy the views.
From here you continue down a paved road that links back to the path which takes you on a quite strenuous up and down stretch, passing the ruins of an old coast guard station and then an area of pine trees where you can take advantage of the shade and have a rest while enjoying beautiful views of the Illa Mitjana. The last stretch takes you to a mountain top cross above the Raco de l'Oix where you need to be careful to keep to the path. From here there is a paved track connecting you to the Punta de l'Escaleta hiking route near the watchtower. This one way route covers about 13 kilometres and takes between 4 – 5 hours.
Please note: These are brief descriptions of the routes, and before attempting them, or any other hiking in Costa Blanca, be safe and download a full itinerary of any hiking route you may wish to take from the many Costa Blanca hiking websites and forums found online.