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Sierra de Aitana Mixed Activity
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Discover rock faces, gorges, walking trails and coastline of Spain's Valencia region.
Trip Highlights
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches and 5 dinners (local wine with dinner)
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • All technical rope-work and kayaking equipment

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners (plus local wine with dinner) are included. Breakfast: Continental style - local fruit, bread, cakes, tea and coffee. Lunch: Picnic lunches will usually consist of bread rolls with cheese and salad/meat, fruit, and muesli bars, biscuits or nuts. Our local guide usually also provides some snacks such as pickled olives, chocolates and dried figs. Evening meal: As the main meal of the day, we enjoy a large variety of local cuisine including spencat, minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Most of the food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce. A reasonable amount of local wine is provided with the evening meal but additional beverages are not included. Vegetarians are well catered for provided you inform us in advance, and the same applies to other dietary requirements. Please advise us of these requirements at the time of booking.

Day 1
Fly to Alicante; transfer to Benimantell. Practice session to learn basic rope work, scrambling and abseiling techniques.
The group flights usually arrive into Alicante late morning. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to our pension in the village of Benimantell, located half way up the Guadalest valley on the north face of the Aitana Massif. In the afternoon we will meet on the terrace of our pension to get kitted out and to learn about the equipment, rope-work, knots and basic theory. On the nearby crags we'll start to get a feel for the rock, learning scrambling movements and doing some of our first abseil practices.
Day 2
Full day rock climbing and abseiling on nearby crags in Guadalest Valley.
Today is a full day to put the rope-work theory into practice on the crags just 15 minutes' walk from our accommodation. Under the instruction of our expert guides we will build on the skills that we learnt yesterday, practising rope-work and progressing from basic scrambling to rock climbing and longer abseils. For your safety and confidence, you will be on a 'top rope' at all times so that even if you lose your grip you will not fall.
Day 3
Canyoning down a spectacular remote canyon of sculpted limestone, progressing by means of a succession of abseils, jumps and scrambles.
After a short vehicle transfer to Abdet, we take the approach walk to the head of the Barranc de L'Adbet (Abdet Canyon). This wild and remote canyon of sculpted white limestone is where the next chapter of our adventure begins. We'll progress down this unique world of lights by means of a succession of abseils, jumps and scrambles. Depending on the seasonal rainfall and water levels, the canyon may be wet or dry. Your leader may take you to a different gorge if conditions are more favourible. If wet, you will need to wear a neoprene wetsuit (these can be hired cheaply locally - see packing section of trip notes).
Day 4
Half day sea kayaking or paddle boarding beneath the magnificent cliffs and sandstone caves of the Sierra de Toix.
After a short drive to the coast we spend the morning sea kayaking beneath the magnificent cliffs and sandstone caves of the Sierra de Toix. Alternatively there is the option to go stand up paddle-boarding instead. From the water you get a great view of the largest multi-pitch climbing traverse in the region.
Day 5
Free day; optional via ferrata, bouldering, or trip to Vila Joiosa’s beach and chocolate factory.
Today there are no set activities so you can do as little or as much as you like. Your leader will help to arrange any excursions or activities you wish to do. The coast is only a 20 minute drive away if you wish to explore the seaside. Vila Joiosa with its multi-coloured old town is a popular choice; relax on the beach or indulge in a visit to the local chocolate factory or a winery tour. If you feel like something more active then there's the chance to climb one of the via ferrata routes in the region. 'Via Ferrata' translates as the 'Iron Way'. During the First World War an extensive network of metal cables, rungs and ladders were built into cliffs and rock faces to help troops defend their territory. Nowadays they are used for confident scramblers to reach high passes and spectacular summits. The Monte Ponoch is a brand new, well-designed, modern via ferrata route and as such is considered one of the safest. If you feel confident in the skills that you have learnt throughout the week, then this will be an exhilarating experience but it is not for the faint hearted. Alternatively there's the chance to go bouldering on the beach.
Day 6
Trek to the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures and summit Aitana Peak (1,550m).
We begin walking right from the door and climb along a path which traverses the northern slopes of the Font de Partagat, bringing us closer to the cliffs of the Aitana Ridge. Just before we reach the base of the dramatic rock walls we stop to look at a remnant from ancient trading times - an old 'snow well'. From here there's a short scramble up and a squeeze through the 'Pas de la Rabosa' (Fox Pass) to emerge on top of Aitana Ridge, from where we continue on to the summit (1,550m). We get to understand the dimensions of the Marinas Mountains and have a fantastic view of the Simas Limestone Fissures - deep crevasses in the rock, up to 90m deep. We descend along the ridge to Penyo Mulero and Pass del Contador. On the last short section we put our abseiling techniques to good use. Our ridge walk rewards us with 360 degree panoramic views and the chance to spot all of our adventure corners of the week. On a clear day the coastal stretch from Murcia to Valencia, the Balearic Islands and the Mediterranean Sea are visible.
Day 7
Scenic scrambling along Bernia Ridge (roped-up), offering uninterrupted views to the coast.
This classic activity is a 'must do' for all mountain lovers visiting the Sierra de Aitana - the Bernia Ridge roped-up scramble. We will approach by foot to the 'forat', a natural holed 30m long tunnel, which leads us to the east side of the system. After approx. 40 minutes' walk we gain height and crop out on to the ridge; here the views open up and the technical section of our activity begins. We rope-up and progress along the gigantic spine of this miniature Cuillin in a series of scrambling, walking, down-climbing and abseiling.
Day 8
Transfer to Alicante; fly to London.
We say our farewells after breakfast. Those travelling on the group flights will be transferred to Alicante Airport for your flight, which usually arrives into London at around lunch time.
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