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Mountain walks in Javea and Calpe, Costa Blanca - Wed 02nd December 2009

Mountain walks in Javea and Calpe, Costa Blanca

Walking on the Costa Blanca is a popular past time for hikers of all tastes and abilities. However because it is not as well known a walking destination as say Mallorca, the countryside remains unspoilt. From September to May this area offers some of the best winter walking in Europe under sunny skies with temperatures in the 60´s (13–18 C). From casual ramblers to experienced walkers, all have been impressed by the beauty and variety of the walks and found it to be a great alternative to better-known but more expensive winter walking areas. The breathtaking Sierra Bernia and Sierra Aitana mountain ranges, which loom over the bustling coastal towns of Calpe, Altea and Benidorm, offer a variety of walks and plenty of scope for rock climbers who will delight in the virgin crags, plunging canyons and towering peaks of this virtually untouched territory. A 25 minute drive inland from the main tourist traps will transport you to another world where most foreigners fear to tread - an unspoilt land of pine-covered slopes, mountain villages where time seems to have stood still for centuries, beautiful beaches where you can picnic and lush valleys awash with orange, almond and olive groves. You may need to get advice regarding some of the more remote areas, as you may need to employ the services of a local expert because even some of the marked trails can be difficult to follow. The mists which can suddenly descend on a bright sunny day can make independent mountain hiking in the area extremely hazardous. But many popular walks along or near the coast can be taken without a guide and are relatively easy half day excursions. Listed below are the firm favourites among local walkers and visitors:- Javea – For spectacular views of mountainous countryside, towns, beaches and the sea then the Montgo mountains is the ideal walk with its 753-metre peak which takes about 2.5 hours to reach the top. Calpe - Costa Blanca’s most famous landmark is the 332 metre Peñon d'Ifach, which is also Spain's smallest nature reserve. Well laid out paths zig zag upto a tunnel which you pass through and then the path gets very rugged and caution must be practised. It is so easy to be distracted looking at the rare plant species and a huge variety of sea birds including cormorants, peregrine falcons and a huge colony of shrieking seagulls. Benidorm - You can escape Costa Blanca’s busiest resort by visiting the 438-metre high Sierra Helada mountain. Follow the well marked trail leading from Benidorm's northern promenade which skirts Levante beach as this route offers a relatively easy but beautiful walk. Local tourist information offices provide further details of these and other popular walks. Also recommended is Bob Stansfield, author of widely respected walking guides for the Costa Blanca and founder member of the popular Costa Blanca Mountain Walkers

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