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50 circular walks and scrambles that explore the Costa Blanca mountains, around the resorts of Alicante, Benidorm and Calp, a popular European winter sun adventure destination. From 1500m peaks and knife edge ridges to deep gorges, the walks range from gentle strolls to demanding days with steep climbs, and from 3 to 20km in distance.
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Walk 10 Circuit of the Serra Bernia.
Distance quoted 14 kms
Actual distance 9.5 kms
This is a 'tricky' route and so the time of 4/5 hours should be considered sensible, although shorter times can be achieved.
In September 2016 arsonists set fire to the nature reserve, destroying more than 800ha (2000 acres) as well as some villas, leaving a hideous wasteland. Sadly this once-beautiful walk is now best avoided.
Walk 8 Penon de Ifach
The gate that had been put up across the path above the tunnel, while repairs and improvements to the path were carried out, has now been removed and the path to the summit is now open.
The upper slopes above the refuge have been affected by a fire and some of the signposts are now charred stumps. It is not clear when they will be replaced.
Descent from the picnic area. The steep path is becoming very overgrown (perhaps through lack of use because of the steepness) and many walkers currently prefer to follow the road down to the house with the large concrete water tank.
The park authorities. have placed a gate across the path above the tunnel because of fears the paths were becoming dangerously polished. The gate is easily (and frequently) avoided but signposts on the upper section have been removed to further deter visits to the summit. If you do go beyond the gate take extra care on the paths (though nowhere on the upper path is as polished as the section through the tunnel immediately below the new gate).
The pole and power lines where the path leaves the PRV to Cases de Bernia have gone. All that remains is a sawn-off pole.
Some readers have suggested this merits a grade of Moderate/Strenuous rather than merely Moderate.
The red arrow marking the spot where the path leaves the initial approach road has been repalced with a new dark blue one.
The clearest – and best – path from the 'flatter area' at the top of the cultivated terraces above Famorca now attacks the slope more directly. It climbs the slopes and then contours round the heads of barrancs to reach the main ridge by the cairn which makes the start of the descent into the Barranc de la Canal. This is now the recommended route.
|Plants and flowers|
|When to go|
|Where to stay|
|What to take|
|Safety and insurance|
|Maps and language|
|Using this guide|
|Walk 1 Traverse of Montgo|
|Walk 2 Tossal Grau|
|Walk 3 Serra Segaria|
|Walk 4 Fonts de Pedreguer|
|Walk 5 Castell d’Aixa|
|Walk 6 Tossal del Moro and the Serrillas|
|Walk 7 Castell de Granadella|
|Inland from Calp|
|Walk 8 Penon de Ifach|
|Walk 9 Serra de Olta|
|Walk 10 Circuit of the Serra Bernia|
|Walk 11 Bernia East Summit|
|Walk 12 Bernia West Summit|
|Walk 13 Serra Ferrer South Ridge|
|Walk 14 Serra Ferrer North Ridge|
|Walk 15 Cau Ridge|
|Walk 16 Alt de L’Ample|
|Walk 17 Carrascal de Parcent|
|Walk 18 Penya Talai (Rates)|
|Walk 19 Penyo Roig|
|Walk 20 Cavall Verd Ridge|
|Walk 21 Collado de Garga|
|Walk 22 10,000 Steps|
|Walk 23 Barranc de Racons or 5000 Steps|
|Walk 24 Almadic Ledge Circuit|
|Walk 25 Barranc de Malafi|
|Walk 26 Serra Forada|
|Inland from Benidorm|
|Walk 27 Serra Gelada|
|Walk 28 Head of the Algar Valley|
|Walk 29 Bolulla Castle|
|Walk 30 Bolulla Circuit/Raco Roig|
|Walk 31 Cim de Aixorta|
|Walk 32 Els Arcs|
|Walk 33 Embassament de Guadalest|
|Walk 34 Aitana|
|Walk 35 Penya Mulero|
|Walk 36 Alt de la Penya de Sella|
|Walk 37 Barranc de l’Arc and Barranc del Xarquer|
|Walk 38 Tour of Xanchet|
|Walk 39 Monte Ponoig|
|Walk 40 Volta del Puig Campana|
|Walk 41 Coll del Pouet|
|Walk 42 Puig Campana Summit from the Coll del Pouet|
|Walk 43 Penya del Castellet|
|Walk 44 Mallada del Llop|
|Walk 45 Pla de la Casa|
|Walk 46 El Recingle Alt (Pic de Serrella)|
|Alcoi and the West|
|Walk 47 Cabeco d’Or|
|Walk 48 Penya Migjorn|
|Walk 49 Barranc del Cint|
|Walk 50 Montcabrer|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Valenciano–Spanish–English glossary|
|Appendix C Useful contacts|