offers so much more than sea, sun
and sangria. From the huge hulking
mass of Montgó which extends its protective
arm into the sea to the wide open natural spaces
of Granadella to the south, the municipality
offers plenty of scope for walkers of all
ages and all abilities. Five official routes
exist, almost 45km of trails opening
up the beauty of both the countryside and
the coastline and perfect for a brief afternoon
saunter along the sea-cliffs or an energetic
day-long push to mountain summits. There
are short strolls winding through the
orange groves of the plain or cultural wanders
through the narrow streets of the historic
centre. There are more energetic rambles
to the castle of Granadella or to the iconic
windmills of La Plana as well as the
amazing carved carverns of Cova Tallada.
And there are challenging scrambles to the
great open cavity popularly known as the
"Eye of Montgó" and, of course,
to the very summit of Montgó, standing over
750m above sea level and dominating the
town to the north.
There also is plenty to offer within
a short drive from the coast, including
Aitana, the highest mountain in the region
rising to 1,559m, and the enigmatic Barranco
del Infierno, a popular hiking destination
which is also known as 'La Catedral
del Senderismo' - the 'Hiking Cathedral'
- can be explored on the testing PR CV-147,
a 15km route that boasts some 6,000
steps carved by the Moorish population that
once lived in the area.
put on those boots, pull on the rucsac,
fill the water bottle and get out WALKING
IN JAVEA ...
of the best ways to discover the beautiful
landscape and coastline of Jávea is through its special network of walking
paths. Taking in the wonderful natural
spaces of the area, there are routes for
everyone from gentle strolls along the headland
of Cap Prim to the energetic
climb to the summit of Montgó. Created
by the Department of Tourism, the five trails
total almost 45 kilometres in length and
offer the visitor a wide variety of landscapes
and ecosystems as well as some of the
local cultural and architectural heritage.
council-sponsored free guided service for
these routes is offered through the Tourist
Office with almost 30 excursions throughout
Mirador Challenge is a medium-distance endurance
walk of approximately 29 kilometres which links
a network of 15 viewpoints located along the wonderful
coastline of Jávea. The concept behind the development
of the Mirador Challenge was primarily to
open up this official network of "miradors"
to many more people who would be otherwise unaware
of their existence. The secondary aim was to
create a timed endurance walk covering many different
types of terrain that would complement Jávea's excellent
sporting and leisure calendar. The current record
is 4 hours and 19 minutes with
an average time to complete the route
around 6 hours.
is something for all abilities in Jávea
and you don't have to be a seasoned
hiker to enjoy the beauty of the area.
A gentle walk around the historic
centre takes in some of the most important
heritage of the town, such as the fortress
church of San Bartolomé and the route
of the old walls which once protected
the village from marauding pirates.
The beautiful valley has some hidden
delights within reach of everyone, including
the ancient olive tree and the old wells
of the ancient cattle tracks while the
flat plateau of La Plana affords some
fantastic views across the region whilst
taking the walker to the very bottom
of the path of the ascent to the
summit of Montgó.
those who want a bit of adventure without
too much effort, Jávea offers a number
of opportunities to experience just
a little bit more of its natural beauty.
The remains of Granadella Castle sit
at the end of a promontory which guards
the cove of the same name and can be
reached by a dramatic path which clings
to steep cliffs. The amazing Cova
Tallada on the northern flanks of the
Cabo de San Antonio can be reached using
an exciting loop which also takes in
the old watchtower of Torre del Gerro
whilst there is an exciting steep ascent
to the cavity of Cova Ampla, popularly
referred to as the 'Eye of Montgó'.
And of course there are iconic windmills
that sit about the town.
752m high, the mountain of Montgó is
the second highest peak so close to
the sea in the whole of the Mediterranean
area, rising dramatically from the valley
floors surrounding it and dominating
the skyline for miles around. From its
summit, the Balearic island of Ibiza
can be seen on the horizon to the east
whilsttTo the south is the Peńon
de Ifach (Calpe Rock), the Sierra Bernia
and the Morro de Toix. To the west, the
Col de Rates, the Sierra de Aitana and the
Val de Laguart and to the north, the gulf
of Oliva and Cullera stretches up towards
the city of Valencia. There are many ways
to the summit and all demand complete
respect, especially during the more
unsettled winter months.
offers plenty of scope for walking but
there is much more to enjoy within just
a couple of hours' drive from the coast.
Deep hidden valleys and the highest
peaks in the region serve as a challenge
for all whilst long trips can be made
to areas such as Chulilla where there
is a famous route of the hanging bridges.
The Costa Blanca Mountain Way runs for
110km from Villalonga south to the summit
of the 1,558m peak of Aitana, the
highest mountain in the Province of
Alicante. But there are also gentler
walks such as that to the lighthouse
of Albir or the coastal walk which picks
its way along the steep cliffs of Benitatxell