- 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.
- Adult Group
- Accom: hotel/lodge
- Walking centre-based
- Walking & Trekking
Start in the village of Sella.
The tour starts at our family-run guest house in the beautiful village of Sella, perched a thousand feet up on the slopes of the Aitana peak and under the shelter of the dramatic Puig Campana, with wonderful views and often beautiful sunsets over this fabulous mountain. Those travelling on the group flights will be met at Alicante Airport and transferred to Sella.
Penya Roc Walk: We make our way to Barranc de l'Arc and walk through El Salt down to the Barranc de Sanchet.
We make our way to Barranc de l'Arc, where we access the spectacular limestone peaks and needles of Penya Roc and walk through El Salt down to the Barranc de Sanchet. 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. On the way to Sella we discover beautiful 'huertas', green orchards with citrus plantations, vegetable gardens and ancient irrigation channels. Duration of walk: 8 hours
Climb Puig Campana, the highest peak in the region (1410m).
Today we summit of Puig Campana (1,410m) which offers 360º panoramic views! Almost all of the peaks and ridges that we will traverse during the week may be seen, whilst 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 to the Collao Pouet, the actual base of the mountain. From here, we climb along an old trail on the north face of this spectacular peak, returning to our vehicle by the La Carrasca, over the Castellets Ridge. A short transfer takes us from Font del Arc back to Sella. Duration of walk: 8 1/2 hours
Spectacular walk to Benimantell, passing along the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures; option to scale Aitana Peak.
From Sella, we drive to Ort de Tudons (1020m) the highest road in the province, where we take the northern track past the miltary base towards Font del Abre and Font de Forata. We scramble through a narrow gap in the rocks called Pass de la Rabossa onto the south face of the mountain. We have lunch at the Simas Limestone Fissures, impressive crevasses extending 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 to the summit (optional). We can then descent along the ridge with the best views of Altea bay. We move to our second accommodation today, a family-run pension in the little village of Benimantell, half way up the Gualdalest Valley on the north face of the Aitana Massiff. Our luggage is transported for us by vehicle.
Free day to explore Guadaleste or take an optional day trip to the coast.
A free day to relax or explore the lovely village of Guadalest, or the less known Benimantell and enjoy the best local cuisine at Ca Rafel restaurant. Alternatively, visit the chocolate factories in Villajoyosa or head to the quiet beach near Altea where there are handcraft shops and art galleries (transfers not included).
Sierra de Xorta: Walk up Penya Alta for fantastic views over Guadalest Valley.
From Benimantell we drive to Guadalest water dam and climb on a track to Portet de Castells. From here, we make our way up Penyo Gelat and Penya Alta (1,219m), where we are rewarded with breathtaking views of the horseshoe-shaped Guadalest Valley. We then descend along the northern slope of Morro Blau via the 'Correuero' (or postmans route), passing beneath the ruins of the region’s most ancient Moorish defensive point, known as Castellet, en route.The day ends by walking through avocado and citrus orchards to reach the village of Bolulla, from where we join the short transfer (approx. 35mins) back to Benimantell. Duration of walk: 7½ hours
Climb Serrella Peak for vistas of the Aitana Range; descend via a spectacular 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 descend 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. During the last stretch 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. Duration of walk: 8½ hours
The tour ends in Benimantell today. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred back to Alicante Airport for your flights back to London. If you have not booked flights through Exodus but wish to join the group transfer please request this in advance of travel.