Exploring the Costa Blanca together. Hiking and Paragliding! Lets see and expeirecne Spain from a different point of view.
|Posted on 9 July, 2017 at 11:15||comments (0)|
Marina Altea, Vega Baja & Alcoy
The areas of Marina Alta, Vega Baja & the town of Alcoy are all located within the Province of Alicante.
The Marina Alta in the north boasts a beautiful coastline, with many plush houses dotted all up and down its stunning coastline and secret coves which hide amazing restaurants. Denia is the largest City in the Marina Alta region and gives off a Cosmopolitan feel. With a relaxed atmosphere, coastal Chiringuitos and seafood restaurants this area is always a hit. And who can forget Denia’s famous windmills. Used during the 13th-18th centuries there are over 29 dotted throughout the area, taking advantage of the sea breeze that would come in through the plain of Denia, helping in the process of grinding the wheat that was farmed in this area.
There are many beautiful hiking routes here, taking us to the San Antoni Lighthouse of Denia and on a little tour of some of its Windmills, always a pleasure.
The Vega Baja area is located to the south, just south of Alicante. Here we can see amazing, long sandy beaches and beautiful sandy dunes. The Vega Baja has a lively atmosphere that stretches along its coast, incorporating the city of Torrevieja its easy to find good restaurants, a buzzing atmosphere and bust beaches, due to this the Vega Baja caters well for tourists and residents, with an abundance of outdoor activities, from jet skiing, kite surfing and Paragliding! With many expats and tourists it’s a hit!
Alcoy, this charming Spanish city has a rich history and is situated 30km’s inland from the coastal town of Altea, directly north of Alicante. The Serpis river runs through this city, with numerous bridges and city squares, Alcoy is a true taste of Spain. Whist other towns may stay alive during siesta, Alcoy certainly sticks to its roots. Stunning Mountains also surround the City of Alcoy, with many outdoor enthusiast throughout Spain, Alcoy is no different as there are plenty of fantastic areas to explore. Alcoy is also situated close to the Mariola Natural park. It’s here that we find the stunning paragliding location of Montcabrer, this is one of the few places that we find the almighty Griffon Vulture, as they soar the huge thermals here, so do we, flying high together it really is something to remember.
Ontinyent & Benimantell
Ontinyent is a municipality in the southern part of the Valencian province. Being only 10 km’s north of Alcoy its past the northern border of the Alicante province. Ontinyent is perfectly situated between Alicante airport in the south, approx. 50km’s and 70km’s from its northern airport of Valencia. Then its only approximately 45km’s away from the Mediterranean sea on two direction, Gandia to the NE and Altea to its SE.
Formerly a walled City, Ontinyent has a rich History, mainly from the Moorish occupation. Now Ontinyent is a very Spanish area, with only a handful of tourists and expats, with its beautiful countryside and Mountains it’s a true taste of Spain.
Benimantell is a quaint, little Spanish town, with only 378 inhabitants its quaint charm is addictive. Situated in the Guadalest valley, with Guadalest being its neighbouring town, the Mountains that surround this town are impressive to say the least. The stunning Aitana (1558m) Mountain sits just to the SW, which is the highest peak in the Alicante Province. Then with the Mountain ranges of Xorta and Serrella to the North. Here you have the best of both world, the beauty of the Spanish outdoors on your doorstep, and only a 20km drive to the Coast where you will find Altea.
Guadalest. Famous for its beautiful Castle and stunning Reservoir, the countryside of guadalest is simply magical. The Guadalest valley stretches up from the Coast, following the Algar & Guadalest river. The water from this river is vital for the farming that goes on in this land, from Olives, Lemons, Oranges, Almonds, Avocados and not forgetting the famous Nispero fruit with Spain being the highest producer of the Nispero in all of Europe. Guadalest only has a population of 220 but during the summer time, flocks of tourist come to visit this town to see and feel its history!
Guadalest was one of the last remaining strongholds for the Moors during the Moors & Christians campaign, simply due to the defensive qualities of the town and its ideal location atop the hill. Then, on the hill top opposite Guadalest there is even an old Roman fort, with stunning 360 degree views it will leave an impression on you forever! Apart from being steeped in history, Guadalest has some of the most stunning hiking routes that the Costa Blanca has to offer, and if you get to know this area, you would be exploring the hidden depths for years to come.
With a population of only 200, Beniarda is situated on the banks of the Guadalest reservoir. With stunning Mountains all around it sits deep in the Guadalest valley. This small agricultural village, of Arab foundation was once an Arab Farmhouse under the ownership of Guadalest. Over time buildings got added to the Farmhouse and In 1637 it got its own independence from Guadalest. Now Beniarda is a sleepy Mountainous town, with agriculture still being its main source of income. As with all the towns in the Guadalest valley, Beniarda still retains its character, with quaint, little streets and a small town square. A humble little town which see’s many walkers pass through.
|Posted on 26 May, 2017 at 17:10||comments (0)|
Paragliding Alicane. If you are thinking of trying paragliding when in Alicante, then look no further!! Alicante has 2 main flying sites. We have Santa Pola, which is just south of Alicante, this is a beautiful coastal location with the sea cliffs that stretch along the Coast from the town El Altet to Santa Pola. The soaring here is magical, with the white, sandy beach and terquoise waters of the Mediterranean below, and as the sea breeze kicks in you will be lifted along the cliff's passing the Santa Pola lighthouse, its here that we have the walkways for members of the public to walk along and normally attract quite a crowd to watch the spectacle of gliders soaring this area.
Another amazing location is Agost. This paragliding site is simply amazing. With a consistant and relaible breeze, some good thermals height is never hard to gain. This is a Mountainous paragliding site and is just inland from Alicante.
|Posted on 26 May, 2017 at 16:50||comments (0)|
Paragliding on the Costa Blanca. The Costa Blanca is one of the most beautiful and stunning parts of Spain, with long, stunning, sandy beaches, beautiful Mountain ranges and to many tourst attractions to mention. The History of this land can also be seen in abundace with hundreds of Castles scattered through this land, mainly due to the Moors and Christians. The Costa Blanca is also famous for the famring of Almonds, Oranges, Olives, Nispero's and many other products not to mention the wine bodegas.
All this having been said, paragliding on the Costa Blanca is simply amazing. To be able to see the magical land from above is something special. With paragliding sites such as Agost, Santa Pola, Montcabrer, Guadalest, el morro de Toix and many many others there is always somewhere to fly. There are even flying sites close to the party town of Benidorm!
The Costa Blanca has over 200km's of coastline, so with flying sites such as Santa Pola which is close to Alicante and the Morro de Toix which is close to Altea, flying the warm sea breeze with the gorgous Meditteranean sea in sight is always a great pleasure! Plus there is the little known fact that Spain actually has the second highest land mass of all the countries in Europe, secong to Austria. So flying over some of these local Mountain ranges and Mountain tops will take your breath away.
|Posted on 23 May, 2017 at 7:25||comments (0)|
One of our walks along the stunning Coastal cliffs from Albir to Benidorm. This route is not to be underestimated, its actually quite a difficult route, possibly our most difficult, with numerous up hill parts that are challenging to most however are relatively short, with an exception to the 45 minute up hill part at the very beginning to the masts in Albir. The steep decent's can also be quite dangerous and must be taken with care. Its approx. 12.5km's and takes around 4-5 Hrs to complete. This route is however one of our most rewarding, with fantastic views across the stunning Mediterranean and a different point of view to what the interior of this part of the Costa Blanca looks like. With the Almighty Puig Campaña sitting high in the near distance. The towns of Benidorm and Albir being shown in all there glory from here. La Nucia and many other towns can also bee seen as these cliffs take us to a height of 438m and as with all our walking routes, Aways worth it! Route: Sierra Helada. Distance: 12km. Difficulty: Medium-Hard. Technical Difficulty: 9 Walking time: 4-5 hrs +- Ascent: 438 m
|Posted on 17 May, 2017 at 8:35||comments (0)|
Now, when people hear "The Costa Blanca", some people will think beautiul, sandy beaches, sangria, sun, tapas, relaxation and everything else that the Costa Blanca has to offer. Some however will think Benidorm, and thats fair enough, Benidorm is very well known, probably more so than any other town in this part of Spain.Benidoem serves a purpose, it offers cheap booze and is party central! We all need this at some point and crave it! What people dont realise though is what beauty there is thats literally lying just outside of the Benidorm Bubble. Having worked as a Prop in Benidorm ive seen first hand what this party town offers, good and bad and when i had the opportunity to get out of Benidorm i jumped at the chance.
For the past 2 years i have been putting all my energy and power into opening a hiking company right here on the Costa Blanca. Part of the fun of doing this was i got to walk into the wild side of the Costa Blanca. And lots of it.
Planning and preparing the routes was part of the fun, i walked all day long,for months on end, searching for new routes and places of extreme beauty, and that is exactly what i found. The Costa Blanca really truly is stunning.
So, for the foreseable future im going to be blogging about the secret side of the Costa Blanca, from secret Buddhist retreats hidden in the Mountain, to tunnels through Mountains and believe me, there is so much more! One of the first routes that i put on my list was the Sierra Helada! This is the stunning sea cliffs that streches form the town of Albir to Bendorm! an 11km walk and to be honest, its proabaly one of the toughest routes i have on my list. A nick name for the walk is the 7 peaks, 7 peaks must have 7 up hill parts!! Ill leave the rest to your imagination. But as always, and with most things in life.... its always worth the effort. In my next blog i will explain to you more about this beautful route. Stay tuned!;)