8 excursion ideas in and around Alicante

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1. Visit Elche

Elche is a good sized city in the Alicante province. Perfect if you want to combine shopping, history, traditions with a beach visit.

The municipality has approximately a population of 230 000 and is known for its palm parks, palm orchards and plantations. It is one of Europe´s biggest exporter of dates. The city is a mosaic of old buildings, palm groves and gardens. One of the most famous parks is the Huerto del Cura. In the gardens of Huerta de Curas, you can find palm trees that are more than 300 year old. Look out for the Imperial Palm, it is an impressive tree.

After your visit to the park, cross the street and enjoy refreshment in the gardens of Hotel Huerto del Cura.

In one of the palm parks you can also find an adventure park.

There are several walking and bike trails around the palm groves from 2.5 to 10 km.

There’s also a big shopping district, especially for the shoe lovers, such as Outlet Elche Parque Empresarial.

After your shopping, find a nice place to eat lunch and/or visit a vineyard in Elche.

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2. Day trip to Santa Pola

Visit the salt lake and the Salt museum, as well as the fishing harbor. Ride or drive along the beautiful beaches of Santa Pola towards los Arenales del Sol.

In the village El Altet (close to the airport and the beach) you can eat a delicious lunch at Gran Bar Pomares. A restaurant operated by the third generation of the same family.

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3. Industrial tourism in Murcia

Visit the mine district where today many of the mines are converted into museums or cultural centers. In ”Agrupa  Vicenta” center they also have Flamenco festivals.

Alicante has a long tradition of family run businesses in different fields and sectors. Many villages and towns specializes in a field. For example, in the Pinoso area they specialize in marble and wine (Casa del Mármol y el Vino), textile industry  in Alcoy, toys in Ibi (check out the toy museum).

In Elche and Elda shoe production are also important industries.

If you like sweets, check out how they make the famous Christmas sweet Turron in  Jijona or go to for a chocolate tasting in Villajoyosa with the famous brand “Valor” .

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4. On the countryside and inland

Check out Castalla on the mountain road from Alicante to Alcoy.  There’s also an old castle producing wine and olive oil.

Petrer- nice food, vineyards and castles. Check out the gitarr-festival 

Relleu,  outdoor, olive production och good local food.

Sax, an old castle , outdoor, cycle and an old historic town centre.

Cocentaina, an interesting history place as the old capital under islamic rule in the 11th century.

Novelda, known for its Architecture (modernism) and buildings, a legacy of its business community and wealthy land owners.

Look for an active Mountain Holiday in Alicante and Murcia. There are many mountain ranges to choose from. You can treek, climb and cycle

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5. Trekking, biking, and other excursions

Check out national parks and hike and cycling trails.

Vias Verdes, or the green routes, are a nice alternative for car-free trails and routes. The “Maigmó”  trail is 22 km  and starts north Sant Vicent del Raspeig. For more pictures: Via Verde Maigmó.

6. Climbing in Alicante

Check out the climbing federation “Federació d’Esports de Muntanya i Escalada de la Comunitat Valenciana “.

Crevillente

Not far from Ciudad Quesada is the town  Crevillente and the mountain range “Sierra de Crevillente”. For more information on climbing and hiking.

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7. The Orihuela mountain range

One of the closest mountain ranges to Villa Balea is the Orihuela Mountain range crossing the border between the Alicante and Murcia provinces. The mountain range is low with the highest peak 634 meter above sea level. Nevertheless the terrain is varied and hiking is good.

Hiking trails in Orihuela

PICO DEL AGUDO  6,12 km at  555 meters above sea level. 4 hours hike on a marked trail. See map of trail

RAIGUERO DE LEVANTE-CORRALITO-LEJA MILLALON P.R. V-59 – a round trip hike, approx. 7 km at a height of 594 km. A four hour hike. The trail is marked.
See MapPUNTO GEODESICO (orihuela) P.R. V-59  – A 18 km hike at a height of 963 meter. A 5 hours treek. The trail is marked.  Ni går i en cirkel, ca 18 km höjd 963 meter. See map of trail.

Also check out tips sites  , blogs  and guide books

 Villa JoiosaSierra de BerniaTorrevieja if you want to join a walking club.

There are also guide companies arranging mountain excursions in Torrevieja and in  Santa Pola

Discover  Rojales  and Ciudad Quesada, a traditional Vega Baja village that has grown together with Ciudad Quesadas expansion.

 

8. Discover Rojales and its old Barrio del Rodeo

Excursions South Alicante should definitely start in Ciudad Quesada. Take a walk to the top of Ciudad Quesada, take the street “Calle Thader” and then hit the small paths down the hill side towards Rojales.  You will reach the Barrio del Rodeo.

Here you will find the cave village Las Cuevas del Rodeo which used to be living quarters during the 19th and early 20th century.

Locals from the older generation can still tell you that their parents were born in one of the caves. Many families eventually build a modern house infront of a family cave.

Part of the cave village has ben converted to a recreational area with arts & crafts workshops, galleries and small bars or cafés.  They are not open on a daily basis.

Walking more towards the golf course you will find the municipal sport facilities with a swimming pool, soccer pitches and a “Pétanque /boule” pitches with a small bar and outdoor terrass.  They will lend you the pétanque balls and they have ice creams, nice tapas and cold drinks and  beer.

There is a nice concert hall in the village.