Leaving the coastal area and the beaches, the inland area of the Marina Alta offers mountain landscapes of great beauty. There are numerous villages, which are worth a visit to appreciate the tranquillity and beauty that can be found in them. Most of them are grouped in valleys: Vall del Pop, Vall de Laguart, Vall de Gallinera and Vall d’Ebo.
They are different valleys that can be seen on a day trip visiting the different villages, many of them are very close to each other and it is possible to make walking routes to link them.
The Vall del Pop is made up of the towns of: Benijembla, Murla, Parcent, Alcalalí, Xaló, Lliber, Senija and Benissa, in all of them there are numerous hiking routes to discover the landscapes, their constructions, mountains, one of the most beautiful routes to do is The route of the almond trees in blossom, in the month of February and early March, there are two routes and they can be started from Alcalalí or from Jalón.
It is also possible to follow the route of the Riuraus, which are emblematic constructions of this area and unique in the world. Their main use was as drying sheds to convert the muscatel grapes into sultanas.
As the whole area is surrounded by mountains, apart from hiking, mountain biking and climbing are also possible.
Vall de Laguart, formed by the villages of: Benimaurell, Campell, Fleix and Fontilles, all of which form a single municipality.
This valley is known for being the place that hosts one of the most beautiful and difficult hiking trails in Alicante’s province: El Barranco del Infierno, a demanding route, which requires some preparation, is a circular route with numerous ups and downs, a real natural wonder, formed by the river Girona, which separates the Sierra de la Carrasca or Ebo, the Sierra del Migdia and crosses the entire valley to reach the Isbert Reservoir. Along this route we will find numerous stone steps (more than six thousand), ravines, the Forat de la Juvea, the Barranc de Salt when there are abundant rains, gives rise to an impressive waterfall of 65 meters high, is undoubtedly a route that you can not miss if you visit this area.
This valley is also known for the cultivation of cherries, it even has a denomination of origin, Alicante Mountain Cherries, to see the cherry blossom you have to go in spring, and by the month of June, you can enjoy this exquisite delicacy and appreciate the beauty of the trees full of cherries while strolling through the area.
It is also highly recommended to visit caves such as the Cova de les Calaveres, on the northern slope of the Segili mountain, in the municipality of Benidoleig.
Vall de la Gallinera: made up of the villages of Benirrama, Benialí, Benissivà, Benitaia, La Carroja, Alpatró, Llombai and Benissili.
There is a route to visit these 8 villages, it is a beautiful route that does not present significant difficulties for the walker, as most of the route is on asphalted or well conditioned roads and the slope is gentle, where there are sections that can also be covered by bicycle. All along the route we can enjoy beautiful landscapes, nature in its purest state, as well as enjoy the local gastronomy and the products of the area such as honey, cherries, mistela, jams, etc,
If you like hiking and being surrounded by nature, a visit to La Peña Foradada is a must. It dominates the landscape from wherever you are in this beautiful valley, from the top you can see the eight villages that make up the valley, the Mariola, Safor and Benicadell mountains and even the sea.
This valley also offers hiking enthusiasts marked trails totalling a total of 48 Kms in the municipality. Nature has carved in the Ebo Valley one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Valencian Community: the Barranco del Infierno (Hell’s Ravine), which can also be visited from this valley.
The ‘Avencs’ make this municipality a special place. They are large chasms that suddenly appear in the ground, with mouths of more than 20 metres wide and a depth of between 57 and 140 metres. You have to be careful where you put your feet.
The Rull cave also has remarkable geological values. Here you can see stalagmites, stalactites, lava flows and flags.
Another essential route is the so-called route of Els Tolls, a corner of the river Ebo or Girona where there are natural pools of water and where, since time immemorial, the people of the village and visitors have bathed in the summer season.