Many of the hoards of people who pass through Alicante airport each year are unaware of the beautiful mountain landscapes that can be found just a few miles inland. The Costa Blanca mountains are dotted with traditional villages linked by ancient tracks, making this area ideal for a walking holiday.
Because of the remoteness of many of the villages in the area, you will need to hire a car. For a huge choice and great deals see Holiday Autos.
Where to Stay
There are many small towns and villages in the area that can be used as a base.
We stayed in Hotel Rural Mas Fontanelles which is a very charming small hotel just outside the little town or Biar. The hotel has loads of character and is in a great area for walks.
Biar is a typical small Spanish town with winding streets and a hilltop castle. It has a limited number of bars and restaurants, but is fine for a short stay.
Here are a few more hotels in the area that are highly recommended (just click on the links for further information or online bookings):
- Cases Noves at Guadelest, another town with an impressive hilltop castle
- Finca El Tossal at Bolulla, inland from Altea, which has fantastic views towards the coast
- Hotel Spa LaRomana at La Romana is luxurious with a spa and great restaurant
- Hotel Alahuar at Benimaurell which is surrounded by fantastic mountain scenery
You can search for more accommodation options in the region using this link at booking.com.
For a wide choice of walks in the area see any of the following books:
- Rother Walking Guide – Costa Blanca
- Cicerone Guide – Walking on the Costa Blanca
- Sunflower Guide – Costa Blanca
- Walk! The Costa Blanca Mountains.
Alternatively a great website called Walks in Spain has a section on the Costa Blanca mountains. You can see the location of the walks on a regional map, read the details and route notes, and print out the directions including a map for each route.
All of these sources offer a variety of long and short walks in this lovely region. Just take your pick – whichever you choose you will be rewarded with peaceful paths, abundant nature, characterful villages and magnificent scenery.
Here are some more pictures:
For more ideas for walking holidays in Spain see Spain for Walkers – Where to Go.
Please note that this site is based purely on our own experiences, therefore kindly note the Disclaimer.
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