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Self-Guided Walking in the Sierra de Aitana
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Enjoy self-guided walking through rugged Spanish mountain landscapes
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What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 picnic lunches and 6 dinners (plus wine with dinner)
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • Route notes and maps
  • Luggage transport

All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 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. Evening meal: As the main meal of the day, you will enjoy a large variety of local cuisine including aspencat (baked peppers and aubergines), minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Most of the food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce and there is always local olive oil available. Fine local wine is always provided with the evening meal. Please note should flights change to arrive earlier, or depart later, additional meals are not included. Please also note that no refund will be given for meals not taken or taken other than where designated. Vegetarians - The restaurant will try to cater for any other dietary requirements using the same traditional & local ingredients. Please advise on booking.

Day 1
Start Sella.
Arrive at Alicante airport and join a transfer to take you to Sella (approx. 1 hour). If you have time take a trip to the ancient Moli de Baix water mill, and follow a section of this local footpath to discover the river and its water systems. After you have settled in you will be briefed on the week's walks by the local operator who has lived and worked in these mountains for the majority of his life - so should be able to answer any questions that you may have about the area. You will be provided with comprehensive route notes and a map, along with a GPS device and a smartphone, and instructed on how best to use these.
Day 2
Follow the ancient paths from Sella to Relleu; walk back, or take the local bus.
Today’s walk starts off relatively easy using the ancient network of paths that connected Sella and Relleu in the past. You will walk through almond fields, green orchards and old pastures to get to the town of Relleu, which has a very picturesque setting in the middle of a valley surrounded by mountains. You can choose to walk back, or take the bus (payable locally). Walk approx. 5 hours, ascent 200m, descent 200m.
Day 3
Short bus transfer; ascend Sierra de Orcheta from the Amadorio water dam.
After a short bus transfer to the small town of Orcheta, you begin your ascent of Sierra de Orcheta from the Amadorio water dam. You are rewarded with views over the extensive citrus fields of Marina Baixa, with Monte Castellets and Aitana in the background. Walk approx. 6-7 hours, ascent 400m, descent 400m.
Day 4
Ascend through Passet de la Rabosa to reach Aitana peak (1558m).
After a transfer to the start point at Port de Tudons, begin your walk at the old military base up the northern slopes of Aitana. You start on good tracks to the Font del Arbre, and reach the footpath up to the Font de Partagat, and then a scramble through the Passet de la Rabosa. There is a perfect picnic spot at the Simas limestone features, which are up to 90m deep and situated on a ridge near the summit of Aitana. Depending on the weather a climb to the summit (1558m) is possible; the descent to Font Pouet Alemany in Tagarina is possibly the most scenic and dramatic of the whole trek! Walk approx. 7-8 hours, ascent 500m, descent 700m.
Day 5
Circular walk following the ancient snow trading trails towards the coast and passing through Collado Papatxi.
Today you transfer to Font del Arc and follow a circular route using the ancient snow trading trails towards the coast, passing through Collado Papatxi. The spectacular limestone peaks and needles of Penya Roc, and enchanting light of the spine of the jagged Castellets Ridge really make this a walk to remember. Walk approx. 7.5 hours.
Day 6
Free day.
Enjoy a day off from walking and relax by the pool, or take a guided visit to the local chocolate factory! Alternatively take the bus or train to Villajoyosa or Alicante and take a gourmet tapas tour.
Day 7
Summit Puig Campana (1401m) for beautifully panoramic views across the Costa Blanca region.
A fairly tough walk to complete the week - the summit of the Puig Campana (1,410m) with 360º panoramic views! Almost all of the peaks and ridges traversed on the previous days may be seen. On the other side the Mediterranean stretches to the horizon. You approach the north face of this mountain along good trails and paths, embarking on a gentle climb passing the Collao del Llamp to the Collao Pouet, the actual base of the mountain. From here, you climb a new footpath on the north face of this spectacular peak and return by vehicle to Sella.
Day 8
End Sella.
End Sella; transfer back to Alicante airport.
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