Many of the hoards of people who pass through Alicante airport each year are unaware of the beautiful mountain landscapes that can be found just a few miles inland. The Costa Blanca mountains are dotted with traditional villages linked by ancient tracks, making this area ideal for a walking holiday.
Alicante is easily reached, as several airlines fly there. Jet2, for example have many flights to Alicante, and you can also search for flights using Skyscanner.
Because of the remoteness of many of the villages in the area, you will need to hire a car. You can use Skyscanner to search for the best car hire deals – just click on the link to be taken to their site, which is easy to use.
Where to Stay
There are many small towns and villages in the area that can be used as a base.
We stayed in Hotel Rural Mas Fontanelles which is a very charming small hotel just outside the little town or Biar. The hotel has loads of character and is in a great area for walks.
Biar is a typical small Spanish town with winding streets and a hilltop castle. It has a limited number of bars and restaurants, but is fine for a short stay.
I have listed a few more hotels in the area that are highly recommended (just click on the links for further information or online bookings):
- Cases Noves at Guadelest, which is another town with an impressive hilltop castle
- Finca El Tossal at Bolulla, inland from Altea, which has fantastic views towards the coast
- Hotel Spa LaRomana at La Romana is luxurious with a spa and great restaurant
- Hotel Alahuar at Benimaurell which is surrounded by fantastic mountain scenery
You can search for more accommodation options in the region using this link at booking.com.
For a wide choice of walks in the area see any of the following books:
- Rother Walking Guide – Costa Blanca
- Cicerone Guide – Walking on the Costa Blanca
- Sunflower Guide – Costa Blanca
- Walk! The Costa Blanca Mountains.
Alternatively a great website called Walks in Spain has a section on the Costa Blanca Mountains. You can see the location of the walks on a regional map, read the details and route notes, and print out the directions including a map for each route.
All of these sources offer a variety of long and short walks in this lovely region. Just take your pick – whichever you choose you will be rewarded with peaceful paths, abundant nature, characterful villages and magnificent scenery.
Here are some more pictures:
For more ideas for walking holidays in Spain see Spain for Walkers – Where to Go.
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