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The Costa Blanca Way

The Costa Blanca Way

This guided group walk is a wonderful and memorable way to experience Valencia and the mountains of Las Marinas.

On the Mediterranean coast of Spain is a broad headland, the Cap de la Nao; formed as the east – west fold of the mountains, here known as Las Marinas, abruptly meets the sea. Some 200 miles to the east this fold emerges from the sea again as the Balearic Islands of Ibizia and Mallorca. To the north of the Las Marinas mountains and the headland is the Costa del Azahar and the city of Valencia, to the south is the Costa Blanca and the city of Alicante. This part of Spain is the autonomous community (once the Kingdom) of Valencia and is divided into three provinces Valencia, Alicante and Castellon. The capital city is Valencia (founded 137 B.C.) the villages, towns, landscape, architecture and culture all reflect a history of settlement by Iberian, Roman and Moorish Arabic people and conflict between  them over the centuries. The Las Marinas range of mountains is a natural boundary between the province of Valencia and the province of Alicante.

The Costa Blanca Way crosses these mountains from north to south. The way starts at the small town of Villa Longa in Valencia and finishes at Sella near Vila Jojosa in Alicante. The way is 135 km ( 84 miles) and takes in the highest part of the range, the Aitana 1558 m.(5,111 ft). The walk is normally done in 5 days and if do it you qualify as a “Companero de la via de la Montana de la Costa Blanca” (a certificate is available).

The mountains that the Costa Blanca Way crosses are in fact a series of ranges and plateaux with fertile valleys and basins in between. The landscape of the mountains and hills is very varied some areas forested, elsewhere rocky outcrops, escarpments and spectacularly sculptured limestone coloured a brilliant red, yellow, or white. Sometimes the rock is eroded by deep gorges such as the Barranca del infierno.

Some of the small towns and villages in the lowland basins and valleys were fortified strong points dominated by castles and churches the best known and most picturesque being Guadalest. They are often market places for the fertile land occupied by a profusion of orchards of almond, cherry, peaches and apricots, groves of oranges or lemons and vineyards. The valley bottoms produce an enormous variety of vegetables, while the hillsides are terraced for the cultivation of olives.

The Costa Blanca Way takes us through this fascinating land using a series of tracks, and paths; sometimes using the amazing mozarabic trails a relic of the paved mule tracks constructed by the Moorish settlers to facilitate movement, for trade or defence between the villages and towns. To walk the Costa Blanca Way is a wonderful and memorable way to experience Valencia and the mountains of Las Marinas.

The Weather. This is a Mediterranean climate with higher temperatures; less rain and more sunshine at any time of the year than the U.K. we choose to go in the months of December through to May when it’s not too hot and as a break from the British winter.

Accommodation and Food.
We arrange accommodation in hotels on the coast or along the way in the small country towns. Accommodation includes breakfast and dinner. Everybody gets their own food for consumption on the days walk lunch, snacks and drinks. There will be occasions when we can stop for refreshment at local cafes and bars. Tapas are nearly always available and you can enjoy local dishes on most days if you wish (Traditional Spanish paella originates from Valencia).

Travel
Clients arrange their own flights to Alicante usually with Easy Jet or similar airline. We meet you at Alicante airport and arrange all transport to the hotel and the starting point of the walk and again we arrange transport back to the airport for your return flight. We will arrange any other transport that may be necessary during the holiday.

Availability.
This walk is equally suitable for walkers who would be comfortable on either moderate or hard grade walks as described in our website at Who Goes “fitness and walking grades”.

  • We only accept a maximum of 12 onto this walk and will be offering the walk only twice in 2010.
  • Week commencing  December 4th  2010 (7nights – 8 days)

How to book.
To register your interest, to enquire about availability and to make a provisional reservation email jim@walkaboutholidays.com  If there is availability we will advise accordingly and explain the booking procedure.

The price and what it includes.
The price of £599 includes:

  • 7 nights’ accommodation; breakfast and dinner.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Services of a leader/guide throughout the walk.
  • Insurance with IGI Insurance Company Ltd protecting your deposit and subsequent final payment arising from cancellation or curtailment of holiday arrangements due to insolvency of Mountain Ventures Ltd.

Other Information

Further information of a general nature relative to the walk are to be found under “Other Information”  this includes ‘booking conditions’ which you are advised to read.

Specific information about the itinerary and any other details will be sent when we confirm our acceptance of your booking.

Any Questions email jim@walkaboutholidays.com or text/ring 07734038266

 


 

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