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Bernia mountain walk - Wed 19th December 2012

 A 30 minute drive from Moraira to the start of the walk is one of the most enjoyable and picturesque B road drives you can take along this part of the coast.

Travelling south as you exit Benissa on the N332 turn right for Alcalali and then at 100 mts at the junction crossover  to follow the sign for Bernia.  Follow this winding road up the mountain with stunning views at every bend with the Montgo mountain behind you. At the top there is a T junction, so turn left and park under the trees in the little hamlet of fincas. See the sign for the walks and make a choice. The one we took was to the Cave Fort that ultimately takes you through a very low ceilinged cave (one mt high in places, 30 mts long), so a crab crawl is the only option. You exit with a view over the Altea and Benidorm  coastline.

Going up at around 11am at this time of year ensured you were in the shade all the time and so very comfortable when you're not breaking into a sweat, but then with the sun on you as you exit the cave on the south side...just perfect.  Easy walking on narrow pathways with a small dog ( not ideal for small children).

Follow the red and white painted track markers, but do check the arrow markers as it is easy to take a more difficult parallel track. Ensure you take good walking boots, a few layers of clothing, water and a snack to enjoy when sitting atop and looking down onto Altea. There's a font (water spring) before you ascend the mountain to drink from.

 A popular Bernia finca restaurant is about 1 km to the right of the T junction mentioned earlier, so worth a stop.

Descend slowly back and take in again those breath taking views.

 

Walking time 2 hours returning back to car park zone.

Posted by Bruce Gibson

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