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Activities

  • Walking centre-based
  • Food

    • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Breakfast is usually continental style with a choice of fresh fruit, bread, pastries, ham, cheese, cereal, yoghurt, and tea and coffee. Our local leader, José takes great care in making picnic lunches, which vary daily but usually consist of a piece of fruit, biscuits and nuts, as well as a hearty sandwich packed with seasonal produce ranging from local cheese to roasted vegetables, salad and meats. In the evenings we enjoy a variety of local cuisine ranging from spencat, minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Both guesthouses produce their own olive oil and most of food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce. Fine local wine is always provided with the evening meal. Vegetarians are well catered for, given prior notice, as are most other special dietary requirements; please advise us of these at the time of booking.

    Activities

    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Adult group
    • Culture & Discovery
    • Trek: point-to-point
    • Walking & Trekking
    • Food

      • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Breakfast is usually continental style with a choice of fresh fruit, bread, pastries, ham, cheese, cereal, yoghurt, and tea and coffee. Our local leader, José takes great care in making picnic lunches, which vary daily but usually consist of a piece of fruit, biscuits and nuts, as well as a hearty sandwich packed with seasonal produce ranging from local cheese to roasted vegetables, salad and meats. In the evenings we enjoy a variety of local cuisine ranging from espencat, minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Both guesthouses produce their own olive oil and most of food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce. Fine local wine is always provided with the evening meal. Vegetarians are well catered for, given prior notice, as are most other special dietary requirements; please advise us of these at the time of booking.

      Activities

      • Guided Group
      • Food

        • All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Breakfast is usually continental style with a choice of fresh fruit, bread, pastries, ham, cheese, cereal, yoghurt, and tea and coffee. Our local leader, José takes great care in making picnic lunches, which vary daily but usually consist of a piece of fruit, biscuits and nuts, as well as a hearty sandwich packed with seasonal produce ranging from local cheese to roasted vegetables, salad and meats. In the evenings we enjoy a variety of local cuisine ranging from spencat, minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Both guesthouses produce their own olive oil and most of food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce. Fine local wine is always provided with the evening meal. Vegetarians are well catered for, given prior notice, as are most other special dietary requirements; please advise us of these at the time of booking.

        Activities

        • Small Adult Group
  • 1

    Start Benimantell village.

    The tour starts in the little village of Benimantell, half way up on Gualdalest valley on the north face of the Aitana Massiff. It can be a little difficult to make your own way there so we recommend you coordinate your travel arrangements so that you can join the group transfer from Alicante Airport - please provide your travel details in advance.

  • 2

    Walk up Peña del Rastrell for fantastic views over Guadalest Valley.

    From Benimantell we walk down to Guadalest water dam and climb on a track to Peña del Rastrell. From here, we make our way up Tossal Redó above Callosa d'en Sarria, where we are rewarded with breathtaking views of Altea Bay and Guadalest Valley. We then descend along the spine of Tossal Redó down to riu Algar. The day ends by walking through avocado and citrus orchards in the lower part of the valley where we join the short transfer (approx. 20 mins) back to Benimantell. Duration of walk: 7 hours/ 18km / approx. 1000m ascent and descent.

  • 3

    Climb Serrella Peak for vistas of the Aitana Range; descend via a magnificent gorge to Beniarda; visit a local olive oil factory.

    After a short transfer to Abdet, we begin by ascending to Pico Serrella (1,323m) and follow the western spine of Serrella to Mallada del Llop (1,361m). We usually stop for a picnic lunch here to take in the sweeping views of the Aitana Range, and even the Valencia Mountains on a clear day. After lunch we begin our long descent on the spectacular and remote Barranc de la Canal Gorge, with its two parallel fins of upturned limestone strata leading to an abandoned farmhouse at Penyeta de la Hedra. Inititally the descent is a faitly steep gradient on a rocky/scree surface, which we zigzag down. During the last stretch, the gradient lessens and we enjoy pleasant views of terraced olive groves and centenary carob trees, which lead us to the village of Beniardá. In Beniardá there’s time to visit the local olive oil factory, a small scale outfit producing award-winning olive oils. Afterwards we can either walk or be transferred back to our accommodation in Benimantell. Walk Profile: 8.5 hours / 17km / approx. 1000m ascent and descent

  • 4

    Spectacular walk along the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures; option to scale Aitana Peak.

    From the pension we walk along the northern slopes up to the Font de Partagat and then scramble through Pas de la Rabosa, the only natural break on the Aitana, which gives access to the summit from this north side. We have lunch at the Simas limestone fissures, up to 90m deep, situated on a ridge near the summit of Aitana. It is an impressive geological formation and a perfect picnic spot. Weather permitting, it’s possible to climb the summit (optional). Duration of walk: 8 ½ hours/ 20km / approx. 1000m ascent and descent.

  • 5

    Free day; chance to head to the beach near colourful Villa Joiosa and visit the chocolate factory.

    A free day to relax. Alternatively, head for a quiet beach near the town of Villa Joiosa, visit the chocolate museum, or head to Altea where there are handcraft shops and art galleries (transfers not included).

  • 6

    An enchanting walk passing the limestone needles of Penya Roc before walking through El Salt down to Collado Papatxi.

    We make our way to Racó de Tovaines, where we access the spectacular limestone peaks and needles of Pena Roc and walk through El Salt up to Collado Papatxi. This area enchants people with its soaring towers and walls of rock all around. Early sunset lights will catch the spine of the jagged Castellets Ridge that stretches down to Orxeta. We return through Pas del Comptador back to Benimantell. Duration of walk: 8 hours/ 19km/ approx.1000m ascent and descent.

  • 7

    Summit Puig Campana (1410m) for panoramic views to the Costa Blanca and across the region.

    A fairly tough walk to complete the week - the summit of the Puig Campana (1,410m) with 360º panoramic views! Almost all of the peaks and ridges traversed on the previous days may be seen. On the other side the Mediterranean stretches to the horizon. We approach the north face of this mountain along good trails and paths, embarking on a gentle climb passing the Collao del Llamp to the Collao Pouet, the actual base of the mountain. From here, we climb a new footpath, which is steep and rocky, on the north face of this spectacular peak, returning to our vehicle from the Casa de Dios. Walk Profile: 8 hours / 17km / approx. 1000m ascent and descent

  • 8

    End Benimantell village.

    The tour ends in Sella after breakfast. If you have not booked flights through Exodus but would like to join the group transfer back to Alicante Airport you must request this at the time of booking.

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