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Secret Sierras of the Costa Blanca Walking Tour

Starts: Benimantell, Spain
Finishes: Alicante, Spain

Visit: Benimantell, Altea, Finestrat, Alicante

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Trekking

Overview

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This excellent, one week, guided Spanish walking holiday explores the Secret Sierras' of the Sierra de Aitana, la Serrella, Aixorta and Bernia, which form the famous backdrop to the Costa Blanca. Just a short journey inland from the package holiday crowds of Benidorm, there is a very different side to the Costa Blanca amongst the rugged limestone peaks of these sierras and the traditional, white-painted villages of the Marina Baixa and Marina Alta regions. From three different hotel bases in Benimantell, Castell de Castell and Albir on the bay of Altea, we will set out to walk the best routes in the region, including airy ridges and summits such as Aitana (1558m) and Puig Campana (1408m). Each of our carefully selected bases provides a comfortable place to stay in stunning locations including 3 nights in our seafront hotel in Albir on the bay of Altea.

Altea is an attractive traditional coastal town with an historic centre and the perfect Mediterranean ambience. This is a great walking holiday, offering a variety of moderate walks, options for more challenging days, virtually guaranteed sunshine, easy access through Alicante, and even a chance to try one of our guide's delicious home cooked Spanish Paellas and share a beer with the locals after a great day's walking! This isn't just a taste of the region, this is living the Mediterranean life!

Highlights

    • Walking holiday in a region of Spain that enjoys more than 300 days of sun!
    • The dramatic limestone mountains of the Sierra de Aitana, Serrella, Aixorta and Bernia
    • Walk and relax from our 3 comfortable hotel bases with minimum transfer time
    • The Mediterranean ambience of the Spanish Alicante countryside

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 145686
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private & Local (Public)##Private & Local (Public)
Guide Language: Engligh

Starts: Benimantell, Spain
Finishes: Alicante, Spain
Duration: 8 days
Physical rating: Basic

Includes

  • Professional English-speaking local leader
  • One or two Alicante Airport group transfers on Day 1 and on Day 8
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All transfers required during the trip
  • Baggage transfer

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Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,520 ($190/day)

Deposit:

$300 per person for bookings made 56 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 56 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Strict

Trip Notes

Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Spain Confrides, Guadalest Valley, Marina Baixa, Benimantell, Sierra Aitana, Pas De La Rabosa, Font De La Forata, Font De Partagas, Pico Serrella, Mallada De Llop, Sierra Serrella, Sierra Bernia, Altea, Polop, Finestrat, Alicante
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Jerzy K  

Excellent trip; it met my expectations 100%, even exceeded it due to multinational composition of the group. I have already proposed the trip leader, Daniela Blackwell, for the best leader 2014 award; excellent job, lot of passion, enthusiasm and true knowledge and experience.

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Stephen  

Picked up at airport and taken to trek start as planned. Walks well described by leader. He was appropriately interactive and attentive at all times, keen to share knowledge of area. Account taken of weather before setting out each day. Enjoyable yet quite demanding walks at times will some gorgeous views. Loose scree on steep paths at times meant taking additional care. I didn't use my sticks but I know some of the group found theirs helpful. The accommodation in the three locations varied. For me they each had their own charm. I would happily stay at any one of them again. This was my first holiday and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Therefore I would not hesitate to book another.

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Louise  

I've done many trips - and this is one of my favourites - I love it so much I have done it twice! The walking is great - these are "proper" walks - 7 or 8 hours a day with plenty of ascent and descent and distance. Really nice rocky paths and ridges & stunning views. The food is absolutely delicious - lots of local spanish dinners, locally made olive oil (we could visit the factory and see it being made). Post-walk coffee & cake always available. And on the free day we were treated to a paella-making lesson - yum! We got to stay in fancy hotels - most of the many other KE trips I have done involved camping, so it was lovely to get to sleep in a comfy bed with an ensuite bathroom for a change! Packing for this trip was a joy - no camping stuff! no wet wipes! not even any emergency loo roll! Instead I went crazy and packed different clothes for the evening (nice not to eat dinner in thermals) and even ... a hairdryer!! José our guide was fantastic. Full of knowledge and passion for the area and all things spanish. And he provided great "munchies" to help us up some of the climbs... Does life get any better than sitting on top of a mountain in December, in the sun, and eating a tortilla sandwich? (although for others in our group, a highlight was having the Trek Factory cycling team staying in the same hotel and sharing a bread-knife with Fabian Cancellara at breakfast...) Tips for future travellers? Just do it - this holiday is an easy flight from the UK & really good value. So

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Edward S  

The trip to Costa Blanca in Spain was simply fabulous, the people are so warm and friendly, and the local food was out of this world - all homemade, all grown and harvested from the surrounding hills or caught in the nearby sea, and prepared for us with lots of heart and love.Our guide Jose, was a topnotch professional, so knowledgeable about the region and its history. He brought this trip to a different level; the trails he planned for us were carefully selected to offer the most spectacular views and he connected us with the local people, and their culture and customs. We went places that only few tourists ever see.This trip exceeded my expectations, the guide became our friend and mentor, and the people we met embraced with open arms and invited us to their homes, extraordinary. In my book, this was one of the best trips I ever had, if not the best.

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Barbara W  

This was a wonderful trek and it greatly exceeded our expectations. Key highlights include:1. Our guide (Jose) was very knowledgeable about the terrain but also local culture and Spanish history. His attention to details made the trek very enjoyable.2. 4 nights in small village hotels allow us to experience the Spanish culture, Mediterranean cuisine (fresh local-catch sea foods) and warm hospitality from the hosts.This trek is strongly recommend to those looking for a walking holiday intermixed with Mediterranean foods and local culture.

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