PANTANO DE ELCHE – COSTA BLANCA

The Elche dam known as the “Pantano de Elche” was built in the 17th century on the Vinalopó River as a means of retaining its waters. It was the first dam to be built in Europe in the shape of a vault, and is even considered to be the first arch shaped dam built since Roman times. Today it has become a popular trekking route for nature lovers, as the ambience is tranquil and picturesque with waterfalls, lakes, wooden bridges and local wildlife. The walking route has sign posts to guide you along the trail and there is a parking area with picnic areas, to relax, have a snack and continue enjoying the views after your walk. The best place to park up and start is at Aparcamiento Pantano de Elche, 03205 Elche. Tel: 966 658 751 www.pantanodeelche.es

EL HONDO NATURAL PARK – ELCHE

The protected nature reserve of El Hondo is located on the border of Elche and Crevillente where the rivers Rio Vinalopó and Rio Segura channel together to form a great natural lagoon. El Hondo landscape is dominated by reeds, ponds and an abundance of wildlife such as different species of birds, ducks and flamingos. With various walkways and shaded observational spots along the route, you will comfortably get to know the reserve, appreciate some bird watching, and experience spectacular sunsets. El Hondo natural park has a picnic area and a visitors information centre with walking route suggestions, giving you the chance to discover as much of the park as you like at your own pace. Parking and route starting point: Finca el Rincón 03158 Crevillent Tel: 966 678 515

PARQUE DEL MOLINO DEL AGUA – LA MATA

Parque del Molino del Agua is a hidden gem of Torrevieja and makes a spectacular walking route on the Costa Blanca. The park gets its name from the original Water Mill (Molino del Agua) that was used years ago in the production of salt. This simple walking route starts at the Queen Mississippi Restaurant and ends up at La Mata beach, where you can continue a beautiful walk along the seafront to the town of La Mata. Parque del Molino del Agua is laid out with pathways running alongside a picturesque waterfall, and there are shaded seating areas along the way to take rest or enjoy a picnic. Parking at the start of the route can be found on Calle Morera, 03188 La Mata.

ORIHUELA COSTA PROMENADE

This extremely picturesque walking route follows the Mediterranean coastline of the Orihuela Costa and covers 16km of breathtaking views with cliffs, coves, beaches, crystal clear waters and golden sand, as well as two marinas located in Cabo Roig and Campoamor. The pathway is a mixture of paving stones, steps and promenades with resting viewpoints along the way, giving you the freedom to do as much walking as you like. The ideal route starts at Playa Flamenca beach, continues through La Zenia, Cala Capitan, Cabo Roig and ends at La Glea beach in Campoamor. This superb walking route is the perfect opportunity to discover some of the natural beauty the Costa Blanca has to offer. The Orihuela Costa walking route also has many health benefits, like energizing the body and clearing the mind as you take in the fresh sea air and admire the impressive vistas.