We have been offering some of the finest guided Mountain Walking Holidays in Spain since 1993. If you are in search of a small group guided walking holiday led by locally based and experienced walks leaders, we have the perfect walking holidays for you to discover the delights of the mountains. There is something here for every ability of walker from gentle walks through the countryside to strenuous days to satisfy the serious hikers and hill walkers.
Our walking holidays are held in the Mountains of Alicante, officially known as “La muntanya d’Alacant” in the Valencian language, which simply translates as the Alicante Mountains. The region is located in the north west of the province of Alicante, and is about equal distance between the cities of Valencia and Alicante. Traveling to your holiday here is simple as both of these cities and their international airports are between 1 and 1.5 hours drive away.
This majestic mountain region of Spain remains largely undiscovered by hikers and walkers due to the overwhelming predominance of the coastal tourism on the Costa Blanca and the reputation that it brings with it. These classic limestone mountains provide a wonderfully varied terrain for walkers and hikers and provide all the challenges of better known mountain ranges. Although modest in height (up to 1558m), the views to be seen from this region are incredible. On a clear day you can see the Mediterranean sea and sometimes as far as the island of Ibiza. Rugged peaks, narrow ravines, gorges, ridges and broad terraced valleys dotted with small villages untouched by time can all be found, as well as many remnants of its Moorish, Roman and Iberian past.
First time visitors to the region often express surprise at the lack of other walkers and visitors. Some weeks we may not encountering another walker at all, so the feeling of wilderness still prevails today although we are never very far from ‘civilisation’.
During the spring wild flowers including many rare species and orchids abound. Bird life in the region is abundant with Golden Eagles and other birds of prey often seen whilst walking. You may also encounter Griffon vultures on their autumn migration. Between late April and through to June you will hear nightingales wherever you go, and if you are very lucky you may catch sight of the illusive Golden Oriole. It’s an excellent base for a birdwatching holiday combining the rich variety of the mountain region with superb birding to be experienced at the Albufera of Valencia which is just a little over one hours drive from Quatretondeta.
Your holiday is based in Quatretondeta, a small, pretty mountain village located in the heart of the Mountains of Alicante. It is surrounded by hills and mountainsides dotted with small olive terraces. It has been described by Spanish writers as a place where “the time goes by on tiptoe”.
Directly above Quatretondeta on the Sierra Serrella you encounter the limestome pinnacles which form a natural phenomena that are the “Els Frares” which we often visit on our walking holidays.
This walking holiday in Spain is based in a fabulous region of Alicante, and it is a place that you will want to return to again and again!
There is no fixed itinerary on our guided walking holidays! The itinerary for each week is chosen based on the season and the weather, however whichever walks itinerary we use, the aim is always to give our visitors the best variety possible so that they will experience a wide range of different walks in this varied mountain region.
On your Mountain Walking Holiday you will enjoy 5 days of guided walking, offering a range of walking from moderate to strenuous. There will be one rest day where we take a visit to the historic town of Alcoy, or if you prefer we can arrange for you a self guided walk.
We include supplies for making your own packed lunches and we will stop to eat them in some of the most beautiful places in Spain!
Walking will cover the following areas of the Alicante and Valencia mountains; La Marina Alta and its villages of Castell de Castells, Abdet and Guadalest; El Comtat based around the local market town of Cocentaina. These areas are also known as the “Valls de la Marina” cover the walking routes of Sierra Aitana, Sierra Mariola, Sierra Serrella, Vall de Gallinera, Vall de Guadalest, Vall de Laguart, Sierra Benicadell and Sierra Safor.
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Single base, small group guided walking holidays. These holidays are of 7 night duration and include the following services;
- accommodation, dinner, breakfast and packed lunches
- all local transport relating to the holiday programme including transport to the historic town of Alcoy on the rest day
- 5 days guided walking with an experienced locally based guide
- standard airport transfers from/to Alicante airport to your holiday base in Quatretondeta
Prices include full board with wine included with evening meal. All holidays are in small groups with a maximum 8 people.
Flights to Alicante are not included.
Your holiday will be based in Quatretondeta – a small mountain village located in the heart of the Mountains of Alicante. It is surrounded by typical small olive terraces which are dotted along the hills and climb the steep flanks of the Sierra Serrella Mountain. It has been described by Spanish writers as a place where “the time goes by on tiptoe”.
The main charm of Quatretondeta and the rest of the valley is the tranquility and serenity of the atmosphere, which is only disturbed by the few cars that pass by. The small River Seta crosses the through the village boundary at the bottom, and the village perches above, sheltered from the North and East.
Quatretondeta is a perfect starting point for exploring the Sierra Serrella and surrounding mountains. The Sierra Serrella has 3 different peaks, the Serrella at 1359 metres, the Pla de la Casa, the highest at 1379 metres and the Malla de Llop at 1360 metres. On a clear day you can see the surrounding mountain region, the Mediterranean and as far as the island of Ibiza. You can also climb up and through the rock formations known as “Els Frares” or the Friars. These pinnacles created by erosion stand between 10 and 100 meters high.
Not only is the village a great base for exploring the most emblematic mountain of the region of “La Muntanya d’Alacant”, it also provides a central base for exploring the entire mountain region most of which is accessible in about 45 minutes’ drive at its most extreme points. It is a walkers and hikers paradise.
Quatretondeta is located just 60 minutes drive north of Alicante airport or 75 minutes south from Valencia airport. There is major road access and the nearest motorway junction is 15 minutes away at nearby Cocentaina. It is also possible to travel by train to Alcoy from Valencia. Alcoy is just 20 kilometres from Quatretondeta.
Accommodation in Quatretondeta is provided in the following four cottages:-
Cottage 1 – Casa L’Ametler ( Almond Tree cottage)
Totally rebuilt in 2003/2004, this is a 2 bed room cottage with 2 en-suite shower rooms which can accommodate up to 5 people over 4 floors. The cottage has a roof top lounge and sun terrace with magnificent views as well as a ground floor kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is fully equipped and also has a washing machine. The cottage is centrally heated throughout to ensure a cosy ambiance during the winter months and is fully insulated to ensure coolness through the hot summer months. Hot water is provided by combined solar and electric.
It is traditionally and comfortably furnished throughout and painted in traditional colours of the region with locally produced fabrics. Free Wi-Fi connection is available from this cottage.
Cottage 2 – Casa Dianica
Newly restored 2006/7, Casa Dianica is a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom cottage lounge /diner, kitchen and roof top terrace. The cottage provides accommodation for up to 6 people, which comprises of 2 double bed rooms and 1 twin room. There are 3 very large shower/wet rooms, 2 of which are ensuite. Facilities include a comfortable lounge dining area with open log fire, and a fully equipped kitchen which includes hob and oven, microwave, toaster, electric kettle, and automatic washing machine. The cottage is well equipped throughout and has central heating via electric night storage radiators.
The cottage is located in a quiet traffic free square near the centre of the village of Quatretondeta, and the roof top terrace provides excellent views over the Arabic tiled roof tops to the mountains.
Cottage 3 – Ca L’Oriol ( Golden Oriole Cottage)
This is a total rebuild of a ruined house. It was rebuilt during 2011/12 and has retained all its wonderful original characteristics. The house has lots of character and provides comfortable accommodation in its 2 en-suite double bed rooms. The house remains at a pleasant 20ºC all year around due to a state-of-the-art environmentally friendly heating system along with the best insulation. The roof top terraces provide excellent views of the surrounding countryside.
Cottage 4 – Casa Tia Consuela
Newly refurbished in 2005, this is a 4 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms, lounge, dinning room and kitchen which provides accommodation for 8 people. There are 2 double bedrooms and 2 twin bedded rooms. The house is centrally heated throughout and decoration is typical of the region. The kitchen is well equipped and decorated green, white, terracotta and blue with many small details.
This property is relatively modern by village standards and dates to the beginnings of the 20th Century. It has been restored recently to provide an welcoming and comfortable accommodation.
How our walking holidays are graded:
Grade 1 sightseeing – Gentle exploration of the region , with some short walks of up to 2 hours duration, visiting local heritage sites and villages.
Grade 2 – Walking mainly on paths. Modest gradients with ascents up to 500m in a day. Up to 5 hours walking per day. Being a limestone region our paths can be quite rough and stony.
Grade 3 – Walking both on and off path, and occasionally scrambling. Be prepared for steep ascents and descents. Ascents up to 1000m per day and up to 6 hours walking.
Grade 3/4 – As grade 3 with a couple of longer days and some scrambling: Steep ascents and descents up to 1500m per day and up to 7 hours walking.
Walking boots are essential on all grades of holidays to this region because of the rough stony nature of the paths.
“An excellent week, well led walks, superb food and very comfortable accommodation – an able substitute for the hotel. Sixth visit and I will return!”
John Bishop, UK.
“Thank you for a wonderful introduction to magnificent mountain walking in one of Spain’s best kept secrets. Your hospitality has been tremendous. Fabulous food with so many interesting Spanish influences, lots of great conversations and walks full of history and bird life. Seeing the Golden Eagles topped off a superb week. Many thanks Pat, Brian and Tom. Volveremos!”
Helen Boaden and Steve, UK.
“Hospitality fantastic. Food exceptional. Best veggie food ever. Superb accommodation and location. Thanks Pat, Brian and Tom for an excellent short break.”
Nicky and Steve Popple.
“Brian & Pat have made this our most favorite part of Spain! They have made a paradise in the most amazing place. We have seen the most amazing views and tasted the most amazing food. This cottage is very comfortable and private… all in all a great way to end our hiking in Spain.”
Pat and Bill Graham, Philadelphia, USA.