PERSONALISED GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAYS IN SPAIN

Enjoyable scenic walks in the beautiful inland valleys of the Costa Blanca
Coll de Rates rest spot
The Holidays

Welcome to our tour of the inland valleys of the Costa Blanca coast; a series of guided walks within the Vall de Pop, Laguar and Castells.

You will be based in Parcent in the heart of the Jalon valley, once quoted by Gabriel Miro as being "paradise between the mountains", a picturesque village surrounded by amazing craggy limestone mountains, rolling hills, deep gorges, beautiful forest and wild flowers.

Throughout the week we'll give you a taste of everything about our area, some of the fascinating history, stunning scenery, food and wine and of course great walks.

You can take your pick from gentle strolls within forests and fruit groves to hikes to the mountain peaks and ridges or a combination of the two. We have a selection of walks to suit any ability and are happy to tailor make a holiday exclusively for your group. Alternatively you can choose between one of our example holidays below.

Walking, Wine and Tapas... Half day walks of your choice with time left over to visit the villages and local Bodegas, taste their wares and relax in this tranquil countryside.

Mountain High, Valley Low... 4 to 5 hour achievable mountain walks taking in the best of inland Costa Blanca.

Fit Camp... Healthy changes style camp consisting of a range of walks in stunning scenery and clean mountain air, personalised Pilates classes held in the tranquillity of the countryside and inspiring cookery workshops and demonstrations.

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Jalon Valley Almond blossom in February
About the Area

When people think of the Costa Blanca they generally think of summer holidays on the coast, but as many are discovering the inland valleys are the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. Walkers, mountaineers and cyclists have been flocking to the area in recent years and it's no wonder why.

It boasts of over three hundred days of sunshine a year, has mild winters and especially in recent years very little rain, making it a fantastic area for winter walking.

It has a mountainous landscape which attracts the adventurers; the limestone rock creates fascinating formations, deep gorges and some impressive crags. The well used paths make the climbs easy to achieve and you are rewarded at the top with 360 panoramic views across the valleys and to the sea.

The forest and fruit groves are loved by the strollers and nature lovers. Stunning wild flowers and a wide range of birds can be found in abundance. The Jalon valley is particularly famous for its almond blossom, where in February white and pink blossom carpets the valley.

For the historians both the walks and the villages have a wealth of treasures to discover. You can follow the routes documenting the travels of the traders via their wells and ice houses, or see the incredible terraces and wheat thrashing fields of the exiled moors high in the mountains.

Learn about the old traditional ways of turning grapes to raisins or wine and olives to oil.

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Helen's and Gareth's Walking Blog

By Helen Mawdsley 12 Oct, 2017
The imposing craggy Sierra Bernia at 1129m is not the highest around here but definitely one of the most spectacular. It divides the Costa Blanca from North to South creating the Marina Alta and Marina Baja. It has many fabulous walks to do on it but this is the most popular. It includes a crawl through the rock spine of the mountain, stunning views and a fort with loads of history thrown in.
By Helen Mawdsley 01 Jul, 2017
The sun shone as we headed out for our first walk from Parcent to Murla. Although a sleepy village now, Murla was once the capital of the Vall de Pop. It has the oldest church in the Valencian region, said to be built in the 14thC.
By Helen Mawdsley 09 Jan, 2017
It was perfect walking weather, dry, sunny and a crisp 14 degrees when we met in the Benimeli village square for the start of the walk.
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Testimonials

"Helen and Gareth looked after us so well, tailoring the walks program to our individual needs, providing interesting historical background to the area and also entertainment, lovely scenery, lovely villa and good fun - what more could you want".

                     Gill Hailstone, Letchworth, Herts

"Helen and Gareth gave us a fantastic week. Our walks were varied and always with beautiful scenery and a picnic lunch - They were great hosts and looked after us, guiding us on our walks, driving us to the coast on our day off, and making sure that we had plenty of food for our breakfasts at our house... Nothing was too much trouble for them and they made our stay memorable for their hospitality."                                                                                                                                                                        Christine Cox, London

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