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.
TORREVIEJA PIER – DIQUE DE LEVANTE
The Torrevieja Pier on the Costa Blanca coast, known as the Dique de Levante, is a beautiful and refreshing walking route with panoramic views of the Mediterranean sea. The pier is located at the start of the Torrevieja promenade where the Paseo de la Libertad and Paseo Juan Aparicio join. This picturesque walk along the Dique de Levante is just under two miles long, taking about 30 minutes to walk one way at a gentle pace. There are shaded resting spots about half way, after which the route continues until you reach the lighthouse at the end of the pier. From here you can see, on a clear day, much of the eastern Murcian coast and Cabo de Palos, and by night, experience some breathtaking sunsets. As you arrive back to the Torrevieja promenade after the walk, there are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants on the seafront to take a well deserved rest and enjoy a drink with some tapas, whilst soaking up more amazing views of the Torrevieja coastline.
LA FONT ROJA – ALCOY
The Natural Park of La Font Roja in Alcoy is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the Valencian region. Across more than two thousand hectares of untouched natural beauty, you can enjoy a picturesque and peaceful hiking trail. The park is home to a varied and abundant plant life and wildlife, with species such as oaks, maples and pines. Autumn time brings a more authentic delight to this nature trail, with water features, vibrant colours and autumnal scents. Amongst all this, there is a large population of wild badgers and birds. It is recommended to start your walk at the Visitors Centre located in the Santuario Font Roja where you can park the car and obtain information on the different walking routes.