The Marina Alta area has much more to offer the traveller than beaches or the sea, there is so much to discover, we invite you to take a walk through the most famous mountains in this area, in this post we will talk about the mountains that surround us and where you can go for a walk or a hiking route, although in the summer months when the heat is more intense, we recommend that you do these routes either very early in the morning or in the afternoon when the sun is losing intensity.
SIERRA DE BERNIA:
With an altitude of 1. 129 metres, it stretches some 10 kilometres perpendicular to the coast, without doubt is the jewel in the crown, visible from almost all points, this impressive mountain range with incredible landscapes, cave paintings, even a fort, will leave you breathless with its magnificent views, you can reach this mountain range from different points: from Pinos ( Benissa ), Altea la Vella, les Fonts de l’Algar ( Callosa ) or Cases de Bèrnia ( Xaló ) and you can do different routes, without a doubt the most famous is the circular route that starts from the Caserío de Bernia ( it is also the longest as it goes around the whole mountain ) with an obligatory stop at “El Forat”, a hole that crosses the mountain and ends in a cave with spectacular views of the coast where you can see from Altea to Benidorm.
For the more sporty, leaving from the Forat, you can also start a route to La Cresta ( the top ), although it is quite steep and of very high difficulty, in some sections we will have to pass helped by chains so it is recommended to have a previous training and above all, not to have vertigo.
Along the way, we will find various information panels both of the routes and of the points of interest that we will find.
SIERRA DE OLTÁ:
It is an essential visit for nature and hiking lovers, as well as having another perspective of the town of Calpe with its famous rock and the Mediterranean Sea in the background. From the Aitana Shopping Centre, there is a path that goes up to the Oltamar Urbanisation and Oltá Camping Area, where the routes start. In the camping area there are many trees, especially pines that offer some shade, but as we go up, the landscape changes to give way to less lush vegetation.
There are two routes which are very well signposted: a circular route made up of tracks and signposted paths that allow you to climb to the summit at 587 m altitude with a distance of about 10 km and a duration of about 4 hours or, if you do not want to do the circular route, you can also climb to the summit, in this case along a well signposted path that passes through the Pou de la Mola, although at the beginning there is a quite steep and rocky section, which is the most complicated part, the rest is not difficult at all. In both cases we will enjoy the typical flora and of the area, numerous birds and even those who go to the top will be able to see mountain goats.
NATURAL PARK OF MONTGÓ
The Park, which covers an area of more than 2,000 hectares and is located between Dénia and Javea, is home to more than 650 species of flora and vegetation and a fauna typical of this Mediterranean area, with more than 150 species of vertebrates.
There are numerous routes starting from both Javea and Denia, from Javea perhaps the best known route is the route to the Cova Tallada, a huge cave located on the slopes of Montgó and Cabo de San Antonio, within the park. It is accessed via a short but slightly dangerous path that leaves from Les Rotes (Dénia). In the summer months, access is regulated due to the overcrowding that occurs at this time of year, but if you have the opportunity to visit it, it will not leave you indifferent.
Another route is the one that will take us to the summit from Denia. Along the way, apart from having the sea accompanying us all the time, we can find and enjoy caves, we will pass by the Cross of Denia, the hermitage of Padre Pere, and if we are lucky and it is a clear day, we can see the coastline as far as Cullera and in the background, the Balearic Islands.
NATURAL PARK OF PEÑON DE IFACH
An essential route for anyone visiting this area, it is easy to access, although it is very important to wear suitable footwear, as in some sections, due to so many visits, the rocks are polished, making it easy to slip if you do not have the right equipment, although the effort will be worth it, as we are practically surrounded on all sides by the sea, the sea breeze and the views will more than compensate the effort, along the way we will find numerous viewpoints and when we reach the top, we will have a 360º view of the city of Calpe.
To get to the Rock, the route starts at the Visitor Centre and you can follow the signs for the Peñon de Ifach Peak Route. This is a circular route of about 4.6 kilometres of medium difficulty. It is estimated to last two and a half hours.
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