The beautiful Costa Blanca
When people think of the Costa Blanca they generally think of summer holidays on the coast but as many others are discovering the inland valleys are the perfect setting for outdoor pursuits. Walkers, mountaineers and cyclists have been flocking to the area in recent years and it’s no wonder why.
It boasts over 300 days of sunshine a year, has mild winter temperatures and especially in recent years, has very little rain, making it ideal for winter walking.
It has a mountainous landscape which attracts the adventurers; the limestone rock creates fascinating formations, deep gorges and some impressive crags. The well-used paths make the climbs easy to achieve and you are rewarded at the top with panoramic views across the valleys to the sea.
The forests and fruit groves however are loved by the strollers and nature lovers. Stunning wildflowers and birds can be found in abundance and scents of rosemary and thyme fill the air as you brush against them as you walk.
February is particularly special when the whole valley turns pink with the almond blossom and in March the scent of the beautifully pungent orange blossom dominates the air.
For the historians both the walks and the villages are a wealth of treasures; you can follow routes documenting the travels of the traders via their wells and ice houses or see the incredible terraces and wheat thrashing fields of the exiled moors high in the mountains.
You can also discover the old traditional way of turning the grapes to raisins in the specially built arched fronted buildings called Riu Raus, or how the olives are pressed and of course how they make their wine.
The villages retain their traditional charm as life has changed very little here. The narrow streets radiate downwards from the church and its bell tower, the old houses are adorned with flower pots and railin and its bell tower, the old houses are adorned with flower pots and railings, where the locals pull their chairs outside and socialize in the street and fiestas seem to happen every week.