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Start and end in Alicante! With the hiking & trekking tour Sierra de Aitana Trek, you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Alicante, Spain and 5 other destinations in Spain. Sierra de Aitana Trek is a small group tour that includes accommodation as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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- AnonymousWritten on November 10, 20135.0 - ExcellentThis was a fantastic pre winter trip, close to home. The region is spectacular, walking is challenging, food was amazing and the group were great company. It exceeded all of my expectations.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Reaching the summits of each mountain climbThe sunset on the final day of walkingJose's passion for the region and his committment to the local communityEnjoying the generous supply of Spanish wineThe hospitality we received at both sets of accommodationThe tranquility - on most days we hardly saw any other walkersWhat did you think of your group leader?Jose was incredible.Â He has aÂ great sense of humor, is extremely knowledgeable,Â and a tremendous patriot for this region of Spain.Â His community minded attitude, and respect for the environment, was inspirational. You couldn't ask for a better host and guide.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The weather at this time of year wasÂ really warm on most of the days. Plenty of sunscreen and water requiredIs there anything else you would like to add?We were very fortunate to have a great group of people on the trip which helped to make this a very memorable holiday. This trip is ideal for anyone who wants some challenging walking in a beautiful part ofÂ the world without travelling too far away from home.
- AnonymousWritten on November 7, 20135.0 - ExcellentFantastic walking with stunning views. The beauty of this region exceeded my expectation. And, then there was a fun group and a great guide and his humongous sandwiches. Very enjoyable! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Descending from Puig Campagna as the sun was setting down and the mountainsÂ were covered in gold and amber.Â Â Just perfect!What did you think of your group leader?Jose Miguel was a perfect host and guide.Â He ensured everyone's needs were taken care of.Â Â And, hisÂ knoweledge ofÂ the region and history complemented his tasty sandwiches.Â
- AnonymousWritten on April 28, 20135.0 - ExcellentA great combination of vistas, food and wine in a really wonderful location.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip? Very difficult to pin point any 'one' thing as everyday had plenty of very fond memories. Scenery is really magical and whilst on the trail you often saw glimpses of valleys or ridges that we had either done previously or Â were to be challenges in the days ahead . Â If pushed then certainly the summit of Puig Campana was indeed a great finale to the week ...a great route to get to the top, and an even better one heading back to our base at Sella. What did you think of your group leader?Jose was a real character and makes great packed lunches!Â His local knowledge was very impressive and love of the area was obvious. Â He had spent huge amounts of effort in fine tuning the routes to maximise our enjoyment, and was able to give interesting anecdotes about rural village life past and present. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Only a small point Â but here is not a lot of chances to buy any trail snacks ( or indeed anything) Â so you might want to take some them out from the UK . On the other hand you might get the chance to sample the odd Orange as you pass by a grove!Â Is there anything else you would like to add? Â DO NOT Â be put off this trip just because the region is not Â that well known as the Â Picos de europa or Pyanees â€¦.Its equal to either of them, and in many ways better. SO in a nutshell....GO!!! ...and you will feel quite smug for visitng thisÂ â€˜undiscovered gemâ€™Â Â .
- AnonymousWritten on April 26, 20135.0 - ExcellentIdeal for a winter break, peaceful and interesting mountain trails in the sun a few miles from the Spanish coast.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Great views across the Sierra to the coast.Wonderful Spanish home cooking at Benimantell.Â What did you think of your group leader?Good fun, very knowledgable and clearly a local celebrity.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?It might just about be a B/C grade, but it's pretty close to a C; there are a couple of longer days, there's the odd short scrambly bit and sometimes because the area is so rarely walked the trail is a bit rough. The trip notes describe the walks very accurately, so read those rather than just go by the grade. This is all good, but it's best to know what to expect. April and May departures are likely to be pretty warm, although there was always a breeze up on the ridges.Is there anything else you would like to add?Jose Miguel rather undersold the optional visit to Villa Joiosa on the coast on the free day - those that went really enjoyed it. Â
- AnonymousWritten on April 9, 20135.0 - ExcellentA strenuous but very rewarding week of hiking led by an enthusiastic local guide. Good food and comfortable accomodation.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?A wonderful full body massage after some very challenging hiking.We did this trip 5 years ago and were so impressed we decided to do it again (we don't usually repeat a trip). But 5 years, two unreliable knees and a dodgy hip combined to cause some problems for me. I decided to forgo the hike up to the highest peak and after the first, easy 3 hour walk, sat in a sunny glade with my book to wait for the rest of the party. I figured I had done it once and had nothing to prove. I spent an enjoyable few hours chatting to passing hikers and bikers and one very elderly gentleman who wanted to try out his English. He could read English well but didn't know how to pronounce most of the words - we both had fun guessing what the other was saying. Â What did you think of your group leader?In a word - excellent. Jose Miguel is full of enthusiasm for this part of Spain - his home. Committed to the rural way of life and sustainable living. Very adaptable when the weather wasn't on our side.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take heed of the trip notes - this is not an easy stroll.Sadly, the weather was not as kind in March as it had been in late January 5 years ago when the sun shone every day. Be prepared for some rain in early season.Â Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't eat too much breakfast or you won't have room for Jose's superb three tier lunchtime sandwiches!
- AnonymousWritten on February 13, 20134.0 - GoodA great winter sunshine destination for some energetic hiking in the limestone mountains of the Costa Blanca, with an excellent Spanish local guide and fellow like minded friendly companions.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?First day ( Sunday pm ) of arrival walking around El Castell de Guadalest after tapas, close our first hotel and seeing the landscape of walks ahead, and feeling the warm sun after the wet, wintry and cold of the UK. Â Mid week walk from Benimantell guesthouse to next stay at Sella, and walking over Aitana, 1558 m , highest point of the week, and walking through a gap in the rocks from one valley to the other.Walk up Puig Campana 1408m , mountain that backdrops Benidorm, challenging , would class as the C walk, rest all B, was windy on our day, but dry and sunny, did not quite make the top due to conditions, zig zagging up scree slope challenging but expertly lead.What did you think of your group leader?Jose Miguel an excellent guide , locally based in Sella, with a great backup team of local drivers, all working in the local community of Sella, your base for second half of week. Spoke excellent English, knows the area very well, excellent mountain guide, discussed topics of interest along the way, regularly checked group for level of happiness, made some warping 3 layered sandwiches for the lunches. Helps with the options for your free day. A TV star as was shown a DVD of him with Cameron McNeish in the area for a BBC TV Adventure programme. Â A big plus for this tour, being lead by a local man.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Ideal for regular hikers, anyone who can do Snowdon will find it ok. Definitely bring a walking pole or 2. And drinking water bottles, thirsty work in the warm sun. The almond blossom week went on added some pretty colour to the arid landscape.Free day options , I went to the coast, beautiful sandy bay of a Spanish resort of La Villa Joyiasa, colourful houses, quieter resort certainly in early Feb; train from here could take you to Alicante , or Benidorm ( if like skyscrapers on a sandy bay), or further up to Altea or Javea if time allows, I was happy just to stay and chill in the sun after the strains of hiking.Is there anything else you would like to add?Hotels good, good food, comfortable, good views from both. Sella guesthouse run by an English couple, meals at their home, all home cooking, plentiful and yummy.Â Only negative, was that the main photo in the Exodus brochure, which partly sold the holiday to me, taken from inside a cave , looking out over a bay, with 2 walkers in, and trailing ivy,Â you don't actually go here anymore, this is the Bernia ridge, so Exodus need to update their main photograph to reflect a landscape where visited now , I have plenty if they need some . Â Enjoy.
- AnonymousWritten on December 10, 20125.0 - ExcellentChallenging trip just as trip notes said!!! good value for money eatable mealsthe sun shone no rain just as the brochure suggested interesting lively guideWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?reaching the top after a push and a shoveÂ to go from the dark side to the flat light side of the peak!!What did you think of your group leader?Jose was funny sweet and lots of funÂ my did he walk FAST A very good sandwichmakerÂ he even pleased the vegetarian of the groupÂ when i was cold in one of the stopsÂ hotelÂ he made sure the heating was on for meÂ and got me blanketsDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Get fitÂ lose weightÂ be prepared for challenging uphill walkingIs there anything else you would like to add?Excellent weather for a week in DecemberÂ lucky or what???
- AnonymousWritten on December 3, 20125.0 - ExcellentThis was a stunning trek in a beautiful and unspoilt mountainous area. The walking was satisfying and there were stunning panoramic views in all directions. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were several inspirational moments on this trip. One was viewing the fascinating rock formations on the peaks nearby while also seeing the coast of Mallorca on the horizon. I shallalways remember the scent of thyme bushes as we walked along the paths, brushing them with our boots. On the final day we ended up at our leader's home and helped harvest olives together. That was a truly special and unique moment, when we felt we had not just walked as tourists in the region, but had been privileged to have been invited to share in a tiny way in the life of the local communityWhat did you think of your group leader?Jose was an excellent leader. He took great care to enable everyone to feel safe, informed and happy, so they could enjoy each day. When two walkers had blisters, after the first day, he put dressings on them himself in such a way that they were then fully able to do all the walks, with no further problems. He led in a warmly engaging and humourous manner, so everyone in the group felt relaxed. He is passionate about Spain and his home region and commmunicated this to group members. When we were in the coach from the airport, he produced grapes and raisins from his own garden - a thoughtful touch which we discovered was typical of his thoughtfulness and hospitality. We really gelled as a group and this was due mainly to Jose's outstanding leadership qualities.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?This trek is at the higher end of the B grade, so be prepared for one or two quite long, though beautiful, walking days. Walking poles would be helpful, as some descents are quite rockyand steep. You will need very little spending money, as wine is provided at the evening meals and you won't really come across any shops. Be prepared to be amazed - it is a world away from nearby Benidorm!Is there anything else you would like to add?I would love to go on this walk again, with the same group and the same leader, as it was such an enjoyable week. We even concluded the week with a semi-impromptu dance after supper, which was such a wonderful way to celebrate friendships made, the journey made and our thanks to Spain. It also provided much hilarity...
- AnonymousWritten on November 18, 20125.0 - ExcellentAn excellent trip. Highly recommended. A great walking week in lovely mountains within easy access of Alicante.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?4 climbs 4 amazing views. Â An inspirational moment at the top of each.What did you think of your group leader?The trip leader is Jose Garcia whose trekking expertise, local knowledge and great sense of humour make him an Â excellent guide. If anyone is going to get you up the mountain he will! Â Â
- AnonymousWritten on November 15, 20125.0 - ExcellentEverything we had hoped for and quite a bit more.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be lucky with the weather which at its best is fantastic for walking, but donâ€™t worry if not. Bring a good appetite (good food is in plentiful supply and you may need it!). Make sure you are fairly fit, equipped and ready for regular but not excessively arduous high hill walking. Think Peaks, Lakes or Snowdonia without the mud. If you are going in the warmer months, have plenty of water carrying capacity and sun protection. As a minimum, light walking boots with ankle support are essential (not shoes or trainers) as are walking poles.What did you think of your group leader?Jose the group leader was undoubtedly the making of this trip, his dedication to the cause was unstinting, always struck the right note, kept us all going and provided prodigious amounts of food and good humour. His communication with us was outstanding and provided a complete education in regional geography and history â€“ with a light personal touch when needed, boring he is not. His vast experience of activity leadership in this region and elsewhere in Europe really shows. He shared his life with us for the whole week, to the extent of inviting us all to his home to pick his olives and drink tea on the veranda afterwards.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?14.00 Reaching the highest points on each day (up to1400 metres) and having the rare privilege of views across high mountain tops and then down into hidden fertile valleys that the casual visitor to Spain might be completely unaware of.Is there anything else you would like to add?We hope you have as much good fortune with your walking companions as we did, and remember itâ€™s what you make of the trip that counts so donâ€™t waste time finding fault with rural Spanish plumbing etc. Enjoy the privilege of being completely involved in your surroundings and with your hosts.
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- Day 1: Start Benimantell village.
- Day 2: An enchanting walk passing the limestone needles of Penya Roc before walking through El Salt down to Collado Papatxi.
- Day 3: Walk up Peña del Rastrell for fantastic views over Guadalest Valley.
- Day 4: Climb Serrella Peak for vistas of the Aitana Range; descend via a magnificent gorge to Beniarda; visit a local olive oil factory.
- Day 5: Free day; chance to head to the beach near colourful Villa Joiosa and visit a chocolate factory.
- Day 6: Spectacular walk along the dramatic Simas Limestone Fissures; option to scale Aitana Peak.
- Day 7: Summit Puig Campana (1410m) for panoramic views to the Costa Blanca and across the region.
- Day 8: End Benimantell village.
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Covering a total distance of approx 139 km.
- Alicante (Spain)
- 44 km
- Benimantell (Spain)
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- Sierra de Aitana (Spain)
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- Beniarda (Spain)
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- Benimantell (Spain)
- 19 km
- Villajoyosa (Spain)
- 7 km
- Orxeta (Spain)
- 13 km
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