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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.
 
Gallery
 

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.)
    Watchtower route
  • 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
  • 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.
 

Accommodation

This is a great place at which to experience authentic Spanish New Year celebrations. 
Casa Pilar
  • country inn
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 4 nights: 28 December - 04 January 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    28 - 31 December £460 £80
    3rd & 4th person discount -£35
    Single traveller supplement £35

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 4 days' category B car hire (eg VW Polo (255, 255, 255) or similar with manual transmission)

    Drive time between the airport and the hotel: 1h15

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Casa Pilar (with dinner) Double room Single room
    28 Dec - 04 Jan 2020 £84 £102
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Alicante

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Alicante Ryanair 
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    Belfast Intl - Alicante jet2 
    Belfast Intl. - Alicante Ryanair 
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    Birmingham - Alicante Flybe,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
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    Bournemouth - Alicante Ryanair 
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    Bristol - Alicante easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Cardiff - Alicante TUI,  Vueling 
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    Doncaster Sheffield - Alicante Flybe,  TUI 
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    Nottingham East Midlands - Alicante jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Edinburgh - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Vueling 
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    Exeter - Alicante Flybe 
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    Glasgow - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
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    Glasgow Prestwick - Alicante Ryanair 
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    Leeds Bradford - Alicante Ryanair 
    Leeds Bradford - Alicante jet2 
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    Liverpool - Alicante Blue Air,  easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    Gatwick - Alicante British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Heathrow - Alicante (via Madrid) Iberia 
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    Luton - Alicante easyJet,  Ryanair 
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    London Southend - Alicante easyJet 
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    Stansted - Alicante jet2,  Ryanair 
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    Manchester - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Newcastle - Alicante easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
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    Newquay - Alicante Ryanair 
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    Norwich - Alicante Flybe 
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    Southampton - Alicante Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

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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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
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  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
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    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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