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Sierra de Aitana Trek
FH-EXD-119069
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At a glance
Beautiful off-season walking through rugged Spanish mountain landscapes
Trip Highlights
Start Destination
Benimantell
End Destination
Sella
What's included
  • All breakfasts
  • 5 lunches and 6 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 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Breakfast is usually continental style with a choice of fresh fruit, bread, pastries, ham, cheese, cereal, yoghurt, and tea and coffee. Our local leader, José takes great care in making picnic lunches, which vary daily but usually consist of a piece of fruit, biscuits and nuts, as well as a hearty sandwich packed with seasonal produce ranging from local cheese to roasted vegetables, salad and meats. In the evenings we enjoy a variety of local cuisine ranging from spencat, minxos (small pancakes) and oven-baked rice. Both guesthouses produce their own olive oil and most of food is freshly prepared from locally grown seasonal produce. Fine local wine is always provided with the evening meal. Vegetarians are well catered for, given prior notice, as are most other special dietary requirements; please advise us of these at the time of booking.

Itinerary
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Day 1
Fly to Alicante
Fly to Alicante. Transfer to the little village of Benimantell, half way up on Gualdalest valley on the north face of the Aitana Massiff.
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Day 2
Climb Penya Alta for fantastic views over Guadalest Valley; descend beneath the ruins of Castellet to Bolulla.
From Benimantell we drive to Guadalest water dam and climb on a track to Portet de Castells. From here, we make our way up Penyo Gelat and Penya Alta (1,219m), where we are rewarded with breathtaking views of the horseshoe-shaped Guadalest Valley. We then descend along the northern slope of Morro Blau via the 'Correuero' (or postmans route), passing beneath the ruins of the region's most ancient Moorish defensive point, known as Castellet, en route. The day ends by walking through avocado and citrus orchards to reach the village of Bolulla, from where we join the short transfer (approx. 35mins) back to Benimantell.
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Day 3
Ascend Serrella Peak for vistas of the Aitana Range; descend via a spectacular gorge to Beniardá; visit a local olive oil factory.
After a short transfer to Abdet, we begin by ascending to Pico Serrella (1,323m) and follow the western spine of Serrella to Mallada del Llop (1,361m). We usually stop for a picnic lunch here to take in the sweeping views of the Aitana Range, and even the Valencia Mountains on a clear day. After lunch we descend the spectacular and remote Barranc de la Canal Gorge with its two parallel fins of upturned limestone strata leading to an abandoned farmhouse at Penyeta de la Hedra. During the last stretch we enjoy pleasant views of terraced olive groves and centenary carob trees, which lead us to the village of Beniardá. In Beniardá there's time to visit the local olive oil factory, a small scale outfit producing award-winning olive oils. Afterwards we can either walk or be transferred back to our accommodation in Benimantell.
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Day 4
Walk to Sella along the dramatic limestone fissures and needles of Penya Roc; optional Aitana summit climb.
From the pension we walk along the northern slopes up to the Font de Partagat and then scramble through Pas de la Rabosa, the only natural break on the Aitana, which gives access to the summit from this north side. We have lunch at the Simas limestone fissures, up to 90m deep, situated on a ridge near the summit of Aitana. It is an impressive geological formation and a perfect picnic spot. Weather permitting, it's possible to climb the summit (optional). We make our way down to the village of Sella - possibly the most scenic descent and dramatic views of the whole trek! We stay at a family-run guesthouse, perched a thousand feet up on the slopes of the Aitana peak and under the shelter of the dramatic Puig Campana, with wonderful views and often beautiful sunsets over this fabulous mountain.
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Day 5
Free day to explore Sella or take an optional day trip to the coast, with options ranging from a guided tour of Vila Joiosa to a visit to the chocolate museum.
A free day to relax or explore the lovely village of Sella, visiting the hermita (shrine), the Moli de Baix (one of the best preserved water mills of the Mediterranean, just under our guest house!). Alternatively, head for a quiet beach near the town of Vila Joiosa, visit the chocolate museum, or head to Altea where there are handicraft shops and art galleries (transfers not included).
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Day 6
We make our way to Barranc de l'Arc and walk through El Salt down to the Barranc de Sanchet.
We make our way to Barranc de l'Arc, where we access the spectacular limestone peaks and needles of Pena Roc and walk through El Salt down to the Barranc de Sanchet. This area enchants people with its soaring towers and walls of rock all around. Early sunset lights will catch the spine of the jagged Castellets Ridge that stretches down to Orxeta. On the way to Sella we discover beautiful 'huertas', green orchards with citrus plantations, vegetable gardens and ancient irrigation channels.
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Day 7
Summit Puig Campana (1410m) for panoramic views to the Costa Blanca and across the region.
A fairly tough walk to complete the week - the summit of the Puig Campana (1,410m) with 360 degree 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. We 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, we climb a new footpath on the north face of this spectacular peak, returning to our vehicle by the Sacarest access, over the Castellets. Return by vehicle to Sella.
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Day 8
Fly to London
Transfer to Alicante airport after breakfast; fly to London.
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Fantastic walking week. 5/5

What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? The scenery and our great guide Jose. It's such a beautiful and stunning, visually. ..part of the World. Our group was also the best ever..love to see them all again. What did yo…

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FAQs

We spend 3 nights in El Trestellador pension in Benimentell and four nights in Casa Roc guesthouse in Sella (except on reverse departures where we spend 4 nights in Benimantell and 3 nights in Sella). Both accommodations are of a good standard and within walking distance of the village amenities.

El Trestellador is a clean and simple family owned pension with a lovely garden and terrace, offering views down the Guadalest Valley. Bed linen and towels are provided and all rooms have en suite bathrooms with a bath and/or shower. Most (if not all) rooms have a window, a TV, air-conditioning/heating, and a hair-dryer. The pension has its own restaurant which is locally renowned for its excellent traditional cuisine; specialities include oven-cooked rice, espencat vegetables and gazpacho manchego.

Casa Roc is a charming guesthouse perched a thousand feet up on the slopes beneath Aitana Peak in Sella. The 9 rooms here are split between 4 houses and share 4 bathrooms (however for smaller groups we may not use all of the houses). The homely character of this place and the hospitality of the couple who run it is certain to outweigh any disadvantage of sharing services. There are also communal kitchens, terraces, and lounge areas to relax in during the evenings. There's free tea and coffee, an honesty wine/beer fridge, and maps and leaflets available for your free day too. You will not go hungry here – delicious dinners are all home cooked by your hosts, freshly prepared in an open kitchen.

Single rooms can be pre-booked for a supplement, however please note that these are limited and are available on a first come first served basis. Please ask your Sales Consultant for further details.

Jennifer Cox - Product Executive

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