Challenging but rewarding!
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The last days walk to the summit of was definitely the hardest part of the trip but the sense of achievement and the views from the top were spectacular. Even Benidorm looked nice!
What did you think of your group leader?
Jose is a fantastic guide and has a great sense of humour. He has a wealth of knowledge about the area and is obviously very passionate about it. It can’t be easy trying to keep 14 people organised and motivated but he did a great job. He encouraged people to take their time and didn’t pressurise people to go faster than they felt comfortable on the more difficult sections. On our free day he offered suggestions on what we could do and offered to organise transfers back from the costal town of Villajoyosa, and generally acted as mediator, translator and negotiator.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
Walking poles and good strong boots with ankle support are a must if like me your knees don’t like going downhill. Also water was only available from springs on one of the five days of walking so take heed of the trip notes which advise you to bring two 1 litre bottles. The tap water from the hotels is perfectly safe to drink. Despite it being early March several of the days were pretty hot (by British standards) and shade is often elusive, and with 7-8 hours of walking you may need more water than you think.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
This was a fantastic trip and the combination of the walking, the company and the surroundings has encouraged us to do more group walking holidays in the future. If like us you don’t consider yourself ‘serious’ experienced walkers don’t be put off by the challenging aspect of the trip. It’s more rewarding if you have to work harder for something!