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New Year in the Mountains of Alicante

Celebrate in Valencia
Your genial hosts at this delightfully renovated townhouse will ensure you have a relaxing break. By day, enjoy varied, self-guided walks through dramatic ravines and fertile valleys (car hire included), and on New Year’s Eve savour a special dinner before celebrating with villagers in the square.
New Year in the Mountains of Alicante. 4 nights
New Year in the Mountains of Alicante. 4 nights

Holiday information


A New Year break in Alicante’s mountains

The friendly hospitality is perhaps the main reason for choosing Casa Pilar in the pretty village of Castell de Castells for your New Year break – you’ll find a warm welcome and excellent home cooking at Pilar and Juan José’s delightfully renovated town house, especially on New Year’s Eve itself, which is marked by a celebratory four-course dinner.

Another reason is the setting. These mountains may be only twenty-five kilometres from the Costa Blanca, as the crow flies, but they feel like another world completely, with terraced slopes and authentic villages guarded by craggy limestone peaks.
From Castell de Castells you have easy access to some scenic walks amid olive groves (December is harvest time) and along panoramic ridges – we provide route notes and a hire car with which to explore.


We plan to relaunch our selection of New Year breaks later this year, in time for December 2022, so check back here in the summer.

Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • 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, which last until June.

    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °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
  • Choice of routes: 10.5km to 16km

    Prehistoric caves: 16km, 6hrs; shorter option: 9km, 3.5hrs
    This walk starts with a short transfer to Tollos (pay locally), after which you walk along the floor of a gorge planted with almond and olive trees to the site of some fascinating 8,000-year-old Neolithic cave paintings, which you have time to visit. You return to Castell on paths and tracks that follow the course of a dry riverbed. For an easier day, it is possible to shorten the route – the abridged version still leads via the ancient cave paintings.

    La Llacuna: 10.5km, 4.5hrs
    Ascend past olive, almond and carob groves to La Llacuna, so named because it was once the site of a former mountain lake. Nowadays it is home to considerable numbers of partridges and even quails.

    The watchtower: 13km, 6hrs; shorter option 9.5km, 4hrs
    Paths rise through the hills south of the town to reach a ruined Moorish watchtower which perches on precipitous crags, affording sweeping views for miles around. You return along an equally panoramic ridge. (The section along the ridge is not recommended for vertigo sufferers; we provide notes for an alternative (and more direct) return route from the watchtower to Castell.)
    The watchtower route
    Prehistoric caves: 16km
    La Llacuna: 10.5km
    The watchtower: 13km
  • Choice of routes: 12km or 14km

    Limestone landscapes: 12km, 5hrs
    Starting and finishing in nearby Tárbena, this route reveals very varied scenery, passing several breathtaking viewpoints from which you can admire the panorama of hills, gorges and fertile valleys planted with almond, avocado and carob trees.

    The ‘Cathedral of Hiking’: 14km, 7hrs
    This challenging circular route from Benimaurell (30 minutes' drive away) is one of the region’s most spectacular trails. Consisting of a series of ascents and descents on ancient stone steps, it offers some huge sweeping views as it leads you between three atmospheric ravines, including the famous Barranco del Infierno (‘Hell’s Ravine’), formed thousands of years ago by the River Girona. Pass between its sheer walls before climbing out of the gorge and back up to Benimaurell.
    Barranco del Infierno
    Limestone landscapes: 12km
    The ‘Cathedral of Hiking’: 14km
  • Wine tasting and more
    Your hosts are a mine of information and will advise you on the best places to go if you fancy a break from walking. They can also arrange visits to local bodegas for wine tastings.
  • Celebrate with a special meal
    The highlight of the break is, of course, New Year’s Eve, when we include a four-course dinner and local wines. After the meal, you can join the rest of the village in the square to see in the New Year with cava and the customary uvas de la suerte (‘lucky grapes’) – eat one with each chime of the bell.


This is a great place at which to experience authentic Spanish New Year celebrations. 
Casa Pilar
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What is included
  • 4 nights
  • 1 celebratory meal
    3 dinners
    4 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • 4 days' category B car hire

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