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Rural Valencia Guided Walking Holiday

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,199pp £1,049pp with flights

The beautiful limestone landscapes of the Marina Alta provide lots of great walks with views over the glistening Mediterranean. Walk through villages lined with citrus and almond groves, explore spectacular ridges including the historic Caballo Verde and visit nearby dramatic gorge, the Barranco del Infierno. This tucked away yet easily accessed location is a gem in itself, offering a relaxing break from busy life, but it also connects you with wonderful Spanish culture including rich local cuisine.  The glorious mountains of the Costa Blanca are known as the Marina Alta. These limestone mountains contain just a handful of tiny villages and offer outstanding walking. On the lower slopes you’ll find rich terraces of oranges, almonds and cherries. Higher up, the rough hillsides are crowned by dramatic serrated ridges that offer some challenging walking and distant sea views. The mountains are criss-crossed by a myriad of tracks and paths. Some of these, used for centuries by farmers and shepherds, connect remote settlements and villages and provide access to farms and fields. The province of Alicante played an important role in the history of the region during the seven centuries of the Reconquest from the Moors. A vast variety of castles and watchtowers remain as evidence of the battle between the two forces. One of the best known figures associated with the period is El Cid, the legendary 11th century mercenary, a national hero of Spain.  Our hotel is located in an isolated spot just above the tiny village of Benimaurell. Situated at an altitude of 592 metres (2,000 feet), it has a real mountain feel. The village sits at the head of the Vall de Laguart overlooking a dramatic gorge carved by the river known as the Barranco del Infierno. Above the village is the jagged Caballo Verde (or green horse) ridge which in 1609 was the site of the final battle between the Spanish King and the Moorish occupiers.

Holiday Highlights

  • Walk off the beaten track in this beautiful unspoilt province of Spain
  • Enjoy our excellent 4-star hotel serving delicious regional food
  • Sample the local tapas at the end of a walk
  • Experience the mountainous terrain with views of the coast

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Alahuar. Unpack and settle in.


Today both walks begin at the hotel and follow circular routes to give us a fantastic introduction to the walking programme.

Option 1 - Vall de Laguar Circuit

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 900 feet (270m)

In summary: From the hotel we walk downhill through the village before joining a quiet road leading us to the village of Fleix. Enjoying great views and the variety of vegetation and tranquility of the valley we arrive at the largest of the 3 villages Campell. Here there may be the chance of refreshments before ascending to our final section traversing through almond and olive groves leading us back to Benimaurell and the hotel.

Highlight: Visit the villages of the Vall De Laguar and enjoy the peace and tranquility of this remote area.

 

Option 2 - Into the wilds of the Serra d’Elbo

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 1,700 feet (510m)

In summary: Passing on the outskirts of the village we follow a quiet road for a short distance. Leaving the road we descend steeply into our first Barranc of the week Del Tuerto. From the bottom of the narrow gorge we ascend to a ruin near Juvea de Dalt offering fantastic views of the surrounding tops. Leaving the steep paths in the Barranc we are now following a rough track leading us out to Coll de Garga. The quiet tarmac road back to Benimaurell may be a welcome sight after the rough underfoot conditions already experienced. 

Highlight: An introduction to Mozarabic paths and a Barranc which the area is famed for. Enjoy the views of the surrounding hills.

 


Walking from Liber, enjoy walks in the surrounding hills, through cultivated farmland and cross barrancs/dry river beds.

Option 1 - Around la Muntanyeta

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

In summary: Today we will travel to the village of Lliber. Our initial objective is a visit to Basa Dels Arcs a somewhat strange but never the less historic structure located between Xalo and Lliber. Retracing our steps to the village we follow a path round the hillside. After following the valley of the Xalo o Gorgos river, we then pass through cultivated farmland and ascend through a spectacular narrow valley to arrive at a surfaced road. leading us to Lliber.

Highlight: Explore the peaceful river valley of the Xalo o Gorgos river.

 

Option 2 - Castell d’Aixa

Distance: 8½ miles (14km)

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Using the same coach outward to Lliber the objective today is the summit of Castell d Axia. Leaving the village we head for the hills and soon start our ascent on a well graded path. As the vegetation becomes more sparse the views of the mountains open up. Continuing fairly steeply the summit is soon in our sights. From the top there are superb panoramic views. Having taken in the views our descent begins with a long undulating traverse on the wide ridge of the Muntanya Gran. Our final objective of the day being the town of Pedreguer where we will meet our coach for the return to Benimaurell.

Highlight: Ascent to the mountain summit and traverse of the wide ridge of the Muntanya Gran.

 


Today's walks from the hotel enjoy views from Benimaurell down towards the sea as we make our way to Col de Garga.

Option 1 - Coll de Garga traverse

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m)

In summary: A circular walk using a mix of rough paths, tracks and quiet roads traversing the slopes of Penya Alt to Col de Garga and returning to Benimaurell. Our route takes us through the village heading towards the ridge of Cavall Verde. Leaving the route to the ridge we join a mountain path traversing under the main ridge and taking us west towards Col De Garga. At a low point in the ridge our route takes us to the far side of the Cavall Verde offering superb views into the valley hidden from the view at the hotel by the mountains. Continuing to Col De Garga there may be the opportunity for refreshments before returning to Benimaurell and the hotel on a quiet country road.

Highlight: A traverse high above the village with great views into the valley behind Cavall Verde.

 

Option 2 - Cavall Verde Ridge

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: The ridge is in constant view from the hotel and considered one of the highlights of the local mountain walks. From the village we initially follow a concrete track before joining a steep mountain path leading to the ridge proper. Now our route turns west as we experience a fantastic traverse with great views in all directions. Descending from the ridge we’ll call at Col DE Garga where there may be the chance of refreshments. From here we make our way to the traverse used earlier by the E party and wind our way back to the hotel. 

Highlight: A visit to a spectacular mountain ridge with views from the top, down to the village of Benimaurell and across to the sea.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. Your free day is an ideal opportunity to explore the local area or relax around the hotel pool.

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Enjoy the green valleys and mountain views surrounding the peaceful village of Parcent.

Option 1 - Parcent to Murla

Distance: 6½ miles (10½km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: Today, our walk is a circular route through interesting and varied countryside. Arriving on the outskirts of Murla we will stop to visit the picturesque Ermita De St Sebastia. Returning to Murla, where there is an ancient and historical Fortified Church. On route we will have views of the surrounding mountains including Cavall Verde. An interesting and unusual sight is the wall of the old Leprosy hospital built to keep patients inside the hospital boundary and to reassure the locals. Arriving back in Parcent we will visit a local Tapa’s bar where we will take the opportunity to sample Tapas.

Highlight: Visit the old town of Murla with its ancient fortified church, sample tapas in a local bar.

 

Option 2 - Carascal de Parcent ridge

Distance: 7½ miles (12km) 

Total ascent: 1,600 feet (480m)

In summary: Our route heads out past the Barranca Cabres and on upwards to join the ridge. Traversing the rugged ridge we pass a number of peaks before reaching the high point of the day. Continuing along the ridge to the restaurant at Col de Rates where there may be the chance of welcome refreshments. Leaving the Col we descend on a mix of paths and tracks to arrive in Parcent. In Parcent we will join the easier level group in a local Tapas bar where we will also take the opportunity to sample Tapas.

Highlight: Traverse the rugged ridge and follow ancient trading routes with views down to Parcent and the surrounding villages. sample tapas in a local bar.


Visit the Barranc d Inferno referred to by the locals as their own Grand Canyon.

Option 1 - Barranc d’Tamaborino and Presa d’Isbert

Distance: 4½ miles (7km)

Total ascent: 1,300 feet (390m) 

In summary: Our walk today starts on the outskirts of Campell and includes an interesting visit to the Leprosy hospital at Fortilles where there is a small information centre. After the visitor centre there is a short walk round the peaceful hospital grounds. On route we pass through a tunnel built to give access for the construction of the Presa de Isbert dam. The views coming out of the tunnel are great as we continue into the narrowest part of the gorge. The dam lies between the very narrow walls of the gorge and adds to the dramatic scenery. Leaving the dam we ascend out of the gorge taking a slightly different route to arrive in Campell where we can have refreshments whilst awaiting our coach back to the hotel.

Highlight: A visit to the somewhat unique Leprosy hospital and a dramatic Barranc.

Option 2 - Barranc d’Inferno and the waves of stone

Distance: 9 miles (14½km) 

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: The locals refer to Barranc d Inferno as their own Grand Canyon, perhaps not so grand but very impressive never the less. We walk from the hotel towards the nearby village of Fleix and just before the village we leave the quiet road starting our descent into the barranc. The steep zig zagging and stepped route is a fine example of the many Mozarabic trails in the area dating back centuries. Passing through a natural rock arch and finally arriving in the valley bottom we can admire the waves of stone formed by the river. We must now retrace our many steps back up to the road taking in different panoramas. Our route back to the hotel is via quiet roads and lanes.

Highlight: The spectacular Barranc d Inferno one of the special attractions of the area.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


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Hotel Alahuar - Valencia

This 4-star hotel overlooks the charming village of Benimaurell in the rural part of the Valencia region.  The hotel has recently undergone a refurbishment and offers panoramic views towards the coast, spacious and modern rooms and a comfortable restaurant serving delicious Spanish meals.  The village is just a short walk down the hill to access shops and services and many walks start from the hotel.   

Rooms

This small hotel has 20 ensuite bedrooms, all different, with telephone, TV, hairdryer, room safe, mini-bar, complimentary toiletries and tea/coffee making facilities.

Facilities

Although a small hotel, there are many public areas, including a bar, lounge and terrace seating area.  There is a swimming pool set in a small garden area with sun loungers. 

Food & Drink

Our holidays at Hotel Alahuar are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal. 

Breakfast is a comprehensive buffet and the evening meal is a served 3-course meal with choices. 

This hotel caters for most dietary needs.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.  Your leaders will advise you of any local music or maybe a stroll into Benimaurell before bed.  Alternatively, you may just want to relax in the hotel over a drink and socialise with your fellow walkers.

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • With flight holidays include flights from London Gatwick. Flight supplement from Manchester: £60
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Alicante Airport: £25.50 single
Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European Centre Based
Walking Grade:
2

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