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Alicante’s Rugged Mountains

Limestone peaks & verdant valleys
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  About Alicante >This is an area in which there are reminders of bygone times seemingly at every turn, from primitive agricultural-themed cave paintings dating from around 6,000BC, through sites of ancient Iberian settlements, to Moorish watchtowers and annual fiestas in which battles between Moros y Cristianos (Moors and Christians) are re-enacted. The influence of the Moors endures to this day, reflected in the architecture and place names such as Benissalim and Benimassot. The benign Mediterranean climate means that spring arrives early here, heralded by the delicate pink and white blossom of the almond groves in February and March, a truly beautiful sight to behold. This is followed between March and June by spectacular displays of the flowers which thrive in this striking limestone landscape, including lime-loving orchids such as the showy Limodorum abortivum and the more discreet Epipactis microphylla, as well as Spanish foxgloves and vivid yellow phlomis lychnitis.
 
This Holiday in a nutshell
  • self-guided hotel-to-hotel walking, luggage transported
  • dramatic ravines, fertile valleys
  • region steeped in history
  • varied walking
  • superb hospitality

Just twenty-five kilometres from the Costa Blanca, as the crow flies, rise the secret mountains of Alicante. This is another world completely, where terraced slopes, dotted with delightful small villages, climb towards craggy limestone peaks that soar over a thousand metres into the sky. As you walk, you discover sweeping views and also reminders of the region's multi-layered history to which not only the Moors, but also the Iberians, Romans and even Mallorcans, have contributed.

Spring is a particularly special time here, when the almond blossom lights up the terraces and lime-loving flowers provide spectacular displays that last until June. The area is also home to 19 pairs of golden eagles and 17 pairs of Bonelli's eagles, as well as over 200 griffon vultures.
     

Fertile valleys coated in almond groves, craggy limestone peaks, dramatic ravines, panoramic ridges and colourful spring displays of lime-loving flowers make the secret mountains of Alicante perfect for a week of rewarding walking in rugged limestone landscapes. Here you will enjoy some of the best walking you can experience anywhere in Spain. In this sunny corner of Valencia, the contrast with the popular coastal resorts could not be sharper – these are unknown mountains, beautiful and completely unspoiled. Life here moves at a slower pace, and you receive a warm and genuine welcome at the authentic mountain hotels along the route.

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 Average Temperatures & Rainfall
  J F M A M J J A S O N D
°C 16 16 18 20 23 26 29 30 28 23 19 16
mm 32 32 35 37 31 21 9 20 44 81 53 47

The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.

In the mountains, temperatures will be cooler than those shown above. The almond groves are in blossom in February. Early spring also brings colourful displays of lime-loving flowers such as orchids, large blue and white flax as well as glowing Spanish foxgloves, which last until June.