An inspiring week in a wonderful part of the world
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
Summiting Puig Campana felt like a huge achievement. It's a proper mountain and you need stamina, concentration and energy to get to the top and back. Seeing how life works in the mountain villages and meeting locals gathering wild mushrooms was great.
What did you think of your group leader?
Jose was exceptional. His ability to communicate his knowledge of and passion for the area added a lot to the trip and you always felt secure. He did a great job encouraging the group to get to know one another and ensured every level of ability was catered for. His picnics deserve mention as well - delicious and well planned to give enough energy to keep you going. Jaime was also terrific, guiding us to the summit of Aitana and enriching the experience with his knowledge of local flora and pointing out distant Moorish ruins.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Although not overly challenging, this trek really demands you have a good level of fitness and the range of terrains you will encounter means experience on the hills will make the trip a bit easier. There's some light scrambling and underfoot conditions range from flat roads to loose scree so be prepared. The treks are long - up to 18km and 8 hours - but rewarding. The weather was perfect for most of the trip but remember weather can change quickly in the mountains so pack a fleece and a waterproof. On your free day it is worth visiting the Valor chocolate factory/museum down the coast in Villajoyosa - easy to reach and free entry. Don't miss the Valor chocolate shop by the beach - the hot chocolate is the best you will ever have!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Special mention to Steve and Liza at Casaroc. Liz is a wonderful cook and Steve is hospitality in itself.