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FROM THE SPANISH SIERRA TO THE SEA

from £1280
Spain’s Southern Valencia region offers a wealth of walking trails, history and natural beauty.
  • Product Code 12450
  • Holiday Type Special Selection Hotels, Lifestyle, Culture & Natural History
  • Grade Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 7 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - From the Spanish Sierra to the Sea

Travel to Spain’s Southern Valencia region with Ramblers Walking Holidays, offering a wealth of walking trails, history and natural beauty. It’s an area in which the Romans and Moors left their architectural mark. The coastline boasts miles of beautiful beaches, while the sierras serve as a dramatic backdrop to the Mediterranean Sea.

Coastal wetlands and marshes offer a richness of flora and fauna and are home to a variety of birdlife year round. Flamingos are often seen, as are grebes and water fowl. The sand dunes of Guardamar with their Aleppo pine trees, and the natural park of La Mata, comprising of pink tinged salt lagoons, offer a wonderful contrast of terrain for our walks.

The mountains and pastures of the Sierra de Escalona and the lunar landscape of the Sierra Aitana are home to a diverse habitat of Mediterranean pine forests and grasslands, endemic plant species, and bird life. The picturesque views enhance our walking trails. The salty desert of Albatera is dramatic with its limestone and sandstone cliffs, enhanced by salt deposits.

Guardamar del Segura, a relaxed coastal town at the mouth of the Ria Segura, has a lovely beach, long promenade and plenty of cafés and restaurants. Wednesday is market day, and transport operates frequently into Alicante and Elche, making exploring the old towns easy on a free day.

Christmas is a much quieter time to visit the area and is ideal for those who want to escape the hectic holiday. Our hotel offers a lovely Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals and our free day will be Christmas Day where we enjoy a morning walk through the town's parks and beach area towards the marina.


Why not enjoy a two week holiday in Valencia by combining this holiday with our new Orange Blossom Coast holiday in north Valencia - Spanish Costas & Sierras

Holiday Highlights

  • Contrast of walking terrains from the coastal wetlands and marshes to the lunar landscape of the Sierra Aitana.
  • Knowledgeable local guide for insight on the flora and fauna, and local history.
  • Enjoying a traditional lunch in a mountain village on one of our walks.
  • Dramatic scenery of the Albatera salt desert.
  • Wonderful hotel in a lovely sea front location with swimming pool.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Gatwick to Alicante
      Airport transfers
      En suite accommodation
      Breakfasts taken at the hotel
      Dinners taken at the hotel and local restaurants
      All local transport costs.
      Knowledgeable local guide on all walks
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    On arrival at Alicante airport, we transfer by private vehicle southwards to Guardamar del Segura (approx. 40 minutes drive). We'll check into our hotel, perhaps have a short orientation walk of the town if time permits, followed by dinner at the hotel's El Jardin restaurant. Guardamar del Segura is a quiet, laidback town with a good selection of cafes, restaurants and local shops. It does not have a busy night-life scene and doesn't offer some of the attractions that you may find in other resorts on the Costa Blanca coastline.

  2. Day 2 to 7

    Our time in Spain's southern Valencian region will be a wonderful contrast of coastal, mountain and lagoon walks with great scenery towards the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding hills. We'll discover a salt desert, following a route of old aqueducts, take a lagoon walk, explore the biodiversity of the Aitana and Escalona mountains, and enjoy a variety of birdlife, springtime flowers, olive groves and almond blossom.

    Depending on local conditions and group ability, we plan to include some of the following walks in our programme:

    la Mata - Torrevieja lagoon Nature Reserve – An easy, level walk that starts from the hotel along the wide, sandy beach and then follows the path within the reserve, around the lagoon. This is an ideal spot for seeing a great variety of birdlife and springtime flowers. You will also discover a vineyard within the reserve, that thrives on the salt water.
    Ascent / descent: negligible; up to 9 miles (15km); 4.5 hours walking time.

    Sierra Aitana – Spectacular views of the Mediterranean and the Guadalest Valley await us today. This is an area of great biodiversity, and geology and botany come together in perfect harmony. Learn how the early inhabitants of the
    area lived, enjoy the springtime almond & cherry blossom and the autumn olive groves. Lunch is included today at a traditional restaurant showcasing the freshness of local produce. Ascent / descent: 580-600m; 7 miles (11km); 3.5-4 hours walking time.

    Albatera Salt Ravine – A spectacular desert landscape following paths over old aqueducts. Plant life has adapted to the salty environment, olive groves sit on the terraced landscape, rocks offer different hues of reds, gold and yellow. Ascent / descent: 345m; 6 miles (10km); 4 hours walking time.
     

    In addition to your Ramblers group leader, a local guide who is knowledgeable on the walking trails, local history, flora and fauna will accompany us on all our walks. This is a region that was under Moorish rule and the evidence of this can be seen in the architecture, village names and cuisine.

    We are in the "Pantry of Spain", and you'll see peppers, almonds, honey, avocados and fruit growing everywhere. We include a traditional lunch in one of the villages on one of our walks, showcasing the freshness of the local ingredients.

    There will be a free day to explore on your own, perhaps with a visit to Elche or Alicante Old Town.

  3. Day 8

    We make the short transfer back to Alicante for our flight to the UK

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Gatwick to Alicante (British Airways, Dec Easyjet)
  • Airport transfers c. 45 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport

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Hotel Meridional

The recently refurbished, four-star Hotel Meridional is situated on Guardamar del Segura’s sea front. The hotel boasts a locally renowned restaurant, El Jardin, spa, small outdoor swimming pool and roof top bar. The contemporary style rooms are all en suite and have TV, hairdryer, WiFi, air conditioning and a furnished balcony.
 


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