This walking tour is carefully designed for you to discover the amazing Natural Park of the Sierra de Mariola. This place is magical due to its rich landscape and culture. On one hand, its forests of pines and oak are dotted with a wide variety of aromatic plants. On the other hand, extensive olive groves, almond trees and vineyards occupy its valleys. In addition, its mountains are the source of rivers that fill its slopes with springs and streams. There are still remains of Iberian settlements, of the Arab civilization and of the commercial activity of the 16th and 19th centuries based on snow.
In addition, you will be able to take height and enjoy the incredible views from the Montcabrer peak. In the depths of its ravines, you will be able to understand how the strength of the water has been key, not only to sculpt a river landscape of great natural value, but also to the agricultural and industrial development of the area, thanks to the mills, which were the symbol of an era. Finally, the route ends in the beautiful and friendly city of Alcoy, icon of the Spanish industrial revolution, where you can enjoy a walk through its old town and taste the traditional cuisine.
Day 1: Arrival in Bocairent
You arrive in Bocairent, a town in the Sierra de Mariola (the Mariola mountain range) Natural Park; an enchanting, mediaeval town perched on a rocky outcrop that will captivate you with its breathtaking views and its narrow, winding, traffic-free streets. You simply must visit the quaint, old town where you can see plentiful evidence of the different cultures that once shaped this place. In addition, Bocairent offers a wide range of gastronomic experiences for you to try. Why not sample some typical local dishes at one of its numerous bars, cafes and restaurants?
Day 2: Bocairent – circular Naixement del Vinalopò (14 km)
Leaving Bocairent, you walk towards the Sierra de Mariola. You head for the Vinalopo River’s source, passing fountains and historic farmhouses that were once inhabited by families who farmed the land. These are surrounded by impressive, old holm oaks. When you reach Toll Blau (the Blue Pool), you can cool off beside pools of crystal-clear water. Next you pass the Font de la Coveta , a spring of crystalline water which is the source of the important Vinalopó River.
Day 3: Bocairent – circular barranc Tarongers Pou Clar (12 km)
You set off from Bocairent in the direction of the Barranc dels Tarongers (the Orange Tree Gorge), a gorge full of old stone water mills that were once driven by the waters of the Clariano River and which gave life to the place for centuries. You can also see a complex a network of irrigation channels created by the Moors. Originally the purpose of these mills was to grind corn but, later on, they became the foundation of Ontinyent’s textile industry. At the end of the valley you reach the Pou Clar (the Clear Pool), an iconic beauty spot; a string of natural pools where the locals flock to enjoy the sparkling, pure waters in summer. Travelling in both directions you pass very close to Les Covetes dels Moros (the Caves of the Moors), a feature not to be missed. This is a series of caves carved out high up in the rock face, once home to families of Moors.
Day 4: Bocairent – Agres (13 km)
Today you leave Bocairent to enter the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park, where you can enjoy impressive views and the tranquillity with which this idyllic place surrounds you. You will pass the Iberian village of “Cabeçó de Mariola”, a mysterious place with spectacular views, once inhabited by our ancestors. Continuing, you come to Alfafara, a small village where you can take some refreshment and visit the old wash place, whose clear but freezing water is still used by locals. Finally, a beautiful path will lead you into Agres, a village situated in the Natural Park.
Day 5: Agres – Circular de les caves (10 km)
You leave Agres and go back into the Natural Park to see the enormous, impressive structures known as “Cavas”. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, a period known as “the Little Ice Age”, the weather was colder with much more snow than at present. This explains the reason for the construction of the so-called, “Cavas”. They provide the most fascinating archaeological evidence of past, economic exploitation of the Mediterranean mountains. Until the 19th century, “Cavas” were functional constructions, ice houses, built to preserve and store the snow collected during the winter and used as centres from which to distribute it, as necessary, all year round. The presence of ice houses also helps to explain the tradition of ice cream production in certain areas of Alicante Province.
Day 6: Agres – Alcoi (17 km)
The alpine character of the last stage of the tour will surprise you. You set out on a lush path that takes you to Mariola’s shelter. From there you can contemplate the majesty of Montcabrer’s peak (1.390 ms.). You approach it, with the option to walk to the summit, if you wish. From there you can see the island of Ibiza on a clear day. You follow the Coll de Sabata, from where you get magnificent views of the surrounding valleys. Finally you enter the Barranc del Cinc, a deep mountain pass with spectacular cliff sides, that will lead you to the city of Alcoi.
Day 7: Alcoi
After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.
Breakfasts buffet style or substantial.
Detailed tour documentation: maps of the tour, route description, points of interest (English, German and Spanish).
Transfer from Villena Railway Station to Bocairent (by taxi)
Local assistance on call.
Luggage transfer service between your accommodations.
GPS with the files.
Lunch and dinners.
Any other transfers.
|Basic price season 1 (double/twin)||630 €|
|Basic price season 2 (double/twin)||680 €|
|Surcharge single room||165 €|
|Half board X5||128 €|
|Bocairent double room (Extra days before the route starts)||50 €|
|Alcoi double room||44 €|
|Bocairent surcharge single room (Extra days before the route starts)||34 €|
|Alcoi surcharge single room||34 €|
*All prices per person in EUR
*These include 3*** and 4**** hotels, charming rural houses or farmsteads and high-grade B&Bs.
Under 5 and sharing with two full paying clients 80%
Under 12 and sharing with two full paying clients 40%
Under 15 and sharing with two full paying clients 25%
The tour is available all year round (except from 23.06 till 30.08), with departures on Tuesday and Saturday.
Season 1: 09.01.20 – 20.03.20 |31.03.2020 – 22.06.2020 | 31.08.2020 – 21.12.2020
Season 2: 21.03.20 – 30.03.20
How to get to Bocairent
• If you fly to Alicante:
By Train from Alicante Railway Station to Villena Railway Station (45mins and 10 € per person), where we will pick you up. You can check the timetables and prices in HERE.
To get from the airport to the railway station you can take a bus from the airport to Alicante Railway Station/city centre. Please click HERE for bus information.
• If you Fly to València:
By Train from València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) to Villena Railway Station, where we will pick you up. (1hr. 15mins. and 15€ per person). You can check the timetables and prices in HERE.
To get from the airport to València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) /city centre you can take the underground (please, click HERE for more information).