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.