THE SIERRA BERNIA
Altea, and the Sierra de Bernia, a truly amazing hiking route!
Altea, which holds the title of the "cultural Capitol" of the Valencian region, its located 10 km's up the coast from the party town of Benidorm on the Costa Blanca and they really are complete opposites. The name "Altea" derives from the greek name "Altahia" which originally means "I cure" as the river Algar, which flows past Altea was said to have mystical and certain healing properties by the Greeks, and amazingly that feeling of something mystical still exists today. Attracting artists and Bohemians from all over the world, this very pretty, quaint town is said to be the Gem of the Costa Blanca.
Having a population of around 25,000 in the winter and 50,000 in the summer, Altea is a busy, bustling little town. With narrow, maze like streets, stunning white washed houses and restaurants that are worthy of any Michelin star, its got a vibrant energy to the town, with the main church square at the top of the town being one of the busiest and most beautiful areas.
Rising up behind Altea on its northern side sits the almighty Sierra de Bernia. (1126m) This Mountainous ridge line rises from behind Altea giving it an impressive "wow" factor. The famous Sierra De Bernia hiking route is also one of the most popular routes on the whole of the Costa Blanca, encountering a ruined fort that dates back to the 1500's, 7000 year old cave paintings and not to mention the all impressive "Forat" or tunnel that stretches for 20 metres from one side the ridge line to the other.