Walking on the Costa Blanca

50 mountain walks and scrambles

By Terry Fletcher

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.



The perfect escape from British snow and rain. The Costa Blanca Mountains are at their best during the late autumn, winter and early spring when they are covered in wildflowers and blossom and walkers enjoy T-shirt days under blue skies.


From the the bustling coastal resorts of Calp, Altea and Benidorm to charming mountain towns and village like Xalo (Jalon), Alcalali, Parcent, Pego, Sella, Finestrat, Castell de Castells and Guadalest.


There is something to suit most abilities except, perhaps absolute beginners. Waymarking sometimes leaves a little to be desired - though it is getting better - so a bit of hillcraft and a modicum of agility on the rougher trails will always come in handy.
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Must See

Covers the limestone peaks and jagged ridges that stretch inland from Spain's most popular holiday coast. From the high summits of Aitana, the Puig Campana, Xanchet and Montgo to the spiky crests of the Serra Bernia, Ferrer and Caval Verd, and the deep ravines of the Barranc de Malafi and the Barranc del Cint as well as the plunging seacliffs of the Serra Gelada.
4 Nov 2015
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.3cm
  • Overview
    This guidebook describes 50 circular walks and scrambles exploring the Costa Blanca mountains, around the resorts of Alicante, Benidorm and Calp. These routes range from gentle strolls to demanding days with steep climbs, and from 3-20km in distance.
    The Mediterranean coast is one of Europe's most popular winter sun adventure destinations. In general UK visitors are best suited to the heat from late autumn to early spring. Beyond the beaches and high rises lies a completely different world of accessible, rocky mountains and knife-edge ridges that stretch away in long chains of gleaming white limestone pinnacles, and the range of walks ensures that everyone can enjoy this spectacular Spanish landscape.
    Walking on Costa Blanca also includes background information on local geology, wildlife and history, and planning details on where to go, where to stay and what to take.
  • Contents

    Plants and flowers
    Getting there
    Getting around
    When to go
    Where to stay
    What to take
    Safety and insurance
    Maps and language
    Using this guide
    The North
    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
    Puig Campana
    Walk 40 Volta del Puig Campana
    Walk 41 Coll del Pouet
    Walk 42 Puig Campana Summit from the Coll del Pouet
    The Serrella
    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

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    Feb 2019

    Walk 17 page 89: Carrascal de Parcent
    A new path, marked with green and white flashes, has been opened on the descent from the ridge to the Coll de Rates. This avoids the long concrete road and is a blessing for tired knees.

    Jan 2019

    Walk 30: Bolulla Circuit
    The rough dirt road from the suggested parking area has recently been concreted and it is now possible to drive all the way to the col where there is space for a a handful of cars. This creates a pure circular walk and knocks about 30 mins off the total time.

    Walk 7: Castell de Granadella
    The damage caused by the major fire has largely healed and in fact the loss of the scrub trees has opened up the views along the coast.

    Nov 2018

    Walk 10: Circuit of the Serra Bernia.

    The road to Casas de Runar has deteriorated badly and is best avoided by anyone who does not have a high clearance 4x4 vehicle. Walkers are strongly advised to use the alternative start from Casas de Bernia (approach described in Walk 12 Bernia West Summit).

    February 2017

    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.

    January 2017

    Walk 7 Castell de Granadella

    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.

    October 2016

    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.

    December 2015

    Walk 2 Tossal Grau

    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.

    Walk 3 Serra Segaria

    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.

    Walk 8 Penon de Ifach

    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).

    Walk 16 Alt de l'Ample

    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.

    Walk 23 Baranc de Racons or 5000 Steps

    Some readers have suggested this merits a grade of Moderate/Strenuous rather than merely Moderate.

    Walk 30 Bolulla Circuit/Raco Roig

    The red arrow marking the spot where the path leaves the initial approach road has been repalced with a new dark blue one.

    Walk 44 Mallada del Llop

    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.

  • Reviews

    "A great little guide that will easily fit into my pack and provide plenty of excitement if I want it. If you are a holiday maker and don’t venture far from the coast when you are visiting Spain you are missing out on a real experience and Spain has so much to offer... Spain is more mountainous than you would realise with many summits much higher than you will find in the UK.

    Walking on the Costa Blanca is a great guide. It is well written, informative and at £14.95 is an inexpensive accompaniment to any holiday in the region, as you can’t really spend all week on beach can you?"

    Climbing Gear Reviews

    "From what we’ve seen so far – your guides look to be the “bibles” of hikers. They look great, read great, they’re a great size, and contain loads of extra stuff that would benefit anyone. Even my other half was impressed and he’s seriously tough to please."

    Spain Buddy

    "A true taste of everything the area has to offer. The book is as valuable for experts as it is for near-beginners."
    The Post, Spain

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Terry Fletcher

Terry Fletcher has walked and climbed among the mountains of the Costa Blanca for more than 30 years. His love of wild places has taken him all over Europe and North America, where he has a particular fascination for the sandstone canyonlands and deserts of the American South West. As a full time professional writer and photographer for more than 40 years, his work has appeared in almost every national newspaper as well as specialist magazines. He has also appeared on network television and radio as a commentator on the outdoors. He is a former editor of Cumbria and Lake District Magazine, Dalesman and The Countryman. He lives in the Yorkshire Dales.

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