in the Alicante region of Spain
Alicante is well known for its sun, sand and castle
tourism trade and it is, after all, the coast with the highest number of blue
flags in all of Spain. What many do not realise though is that the province of Alicante
is also one of the more mountainous regions of Spain. Why is that noteworthy?
Well, it means hiking opportunities are abundant.
From the north to the south, Alicante is chock full of
mountains that stand out for their beautiful landscapes. Small towns,
Mediterranean forest, crops, beautiful plant life and simply stunning views of
the sea are just some of the visual treats awaiting the avid hiker in Alicante.
There are trails to suit every kind of skill and taste,
from the easy ones that the kids can join in with to the more physically
demanding. One thing that they all have in common though is their shared beauty
in both landscape and the paths themselves.
de l’Albir – one of the best hiking trails in Alicante
There far too many hiking trails in Alicante to go into
detail here, but it has been decided that there is one that we just cannot let
go unmentioned. Besides, they all have their unique charm and the time of year
doesn't matter either. The areas surrounding the trails, including the one that
we have selected here, deserve to be explored in more detail – whether in
company or alone.
So long as you enjoy yourself and take in the gorgeous
scenery – don’t forget your camera – then it’s all good.
Faro de l’Albir is an easier level hike, nice and relaxing
and is suitable for all the family. The route is a total distance of 2.5km,
which is a little over 1.5 miles, and it will take you to one side of the
Sierra Helada. For those that don't know, this is Albir's lighthouse. Along
this hiking trail, you will be able to enjoy the amazing views that are offered
by the bay of Altea with Sierra de Bernia providing an amazing backdrop.
This hiking trail begins at the Information Point of
Albir. This point is rather easy to reach and with parking spaces, you can
drive up and leave your vehicle there. It will take roughly an hour and a half
for the 5km (3+ miles) roundtrip. There is no rush though, so take your time
and enjoy the landscape.
After you have begun your walk along the trail, you will
start to reach some viewpoints. There is one in particular on this trial that
has an amazing view of the bay of Atea with Sierra de Bernia making up the
background. There is another that has a view of the Peñón de Ifach, in Calpe.
Toward the end of the hike, there is another viewpoint where you will be able
to see the sea and the formidable cliffs and fossil dunes.
Alicante is an excellent place to visit no matter the time
of year, with all of the walks available, there is no excuse to not come and see
this beautiful province.