TRAVEL just a few kilometres inland and a whole new landscape of majestic mountains, craggy outcrops, gushing rivers, tranquil lakes and leafy pine forests unfolds just waiting to be explored on a series of well marked trails which cover the major mountain ranges visible from our coastal towns.
The Sierra Helada above Albir, the Puig Campana behind Benidorm, the Sierra Bernia overlooking the Bayof Altea and Montgo set between Javea and Denia, are all surprisingly accessible to mountain walkers of moderate fitness levels and daytime temperatures at this time of year are perfect for discovery.
Perhaps the most iconic peak of all is the Penon de Ifach which sits in solitary isolation between the two beaches of Calpe. The walk,which takes around three hours, begins alongside the Visitors Centre at the foot of the rock, slowly winding it’s way up to the summit in a circular route around the mountain, often referred to in the past as the ‘Northern Rock’ because of its similarity to the ‘Southern Rock’, Gibraltar.
Along the way, walkers are afforded stunning views in every direction, towards Moraira in the North and beyond Alicante to the South and on clearer days out to the island of Ibiza which can often be seen shimmering on the horizon.
At the top, rest awhile and take in the magnificent vistas of the town below accompanied by the restless seagulls and a particularly friendly colony of feral cats who will happily feed off any scraps of food and water you don’t eat.