Sierra de Aitana Trek
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
The sense of history walking in the steps of travelers from centuries past, along the tracks and mountain passes. The peace and solitude in the area as there were very few other walkers around - some days we saw none.
What did you think of your group leader?
We had Jose Miguel as our leader, who lives in Sella and is passionate about the area and its history and ecology. He has lead much of the restoration of the old tracks and paths and is knowledgeable about them and their history. On the walks he was supportive and encouraging, whilst quickly able to assess individual strengths and weaknesses and make decisions as to ability to tackle the more demanding walks - just what you want from someone leading you in a mountainous area. He was pleasant and amusing, made triple-decker sandwiches to keep you going all day, and was all we could have hoped for as a leader.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
We had warm/hot weather (October 2014) but we would suggest going fully equipped for mountain weather with good walking boots with ankle support as many of the tracks are rough and stony. The trip is graded Moderate/Challenging and this is realist - imagine a longish day in the Lake District with sunshine. Ensure you carry plenty of water - on some walks there is no opportunity to resupply and we drank 2 to 3 litres.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
The food was excellent (and plentiful) throughout, that at Benimantell was very traditional local cuisine and so much appreciated, that at Sella was traditional with modern twist and very good. Both sets of accommodation were clean and welcoming and exactly what was needed for a walking holiday. We plan to do the holiday again in early spring probably to see the almond blossom and spring flowers