This is another nice,small and charming place to see.Is the little village of BENIFATO,just next to Guadalest.This photo is not very good one because was taken inside my car,here you'll see just a little part of the small town.
If you're driving through this area of Alicante,don't hesitate to see this beautifull village on the mountains.
The Sierra Aitana is the highest mountain in all this area,it has 1,559 m.really this is not very much if comparing with other high mountains in Spain,in Pyrennes mountains or Sierra Nevada.There is also a Military Base on top of Aitana Mountain.
Is very unusual to see some snow on top of Sierra Aitana,as you can see on my pictures,well that one was taken on January 30th 2005. and as you can see there are lot of snow on it.
Lastnight we had a huge snow storm,it seems that it was snowed all night long,on the coastline just a little bit of rain.So I was really surprised this morning when I wake up and see all the white mountains from my window.Then I decided to go there to see all this snow and take some pictures after lunch,and that is what I did today!!!.(You can see these picture on the separated travelogue).
Another high mountain in Alicante province is the Puig Campana Peak,with 1,406 m. and is located in Benidorm.
HAVING FUN IN THE SNOW!!.
As is something very unusual to see all this snow on Alicante's mountains,then everyone wants to go to see the snow ,the little times that we got a snow storm like that.Specially the kids that lives on the coastline and probably never seen the snow before,then this is the reason that all mums and dads take his children up there to see all that snow.
Many of them have lot of fun seeing and touching the snow for first time and playing with snowballs,making snowmen,slending, and other games.
This picture was taken around the town of Penaguilas,and lastnight we had a snow storm and today we got about 6 inches of fresh snow!!!!!! this is really unusual here on Alicante province and that one it was one of biggest snow storm on last years.
AMADORIO LAKE (Water Reservoir)
If you like Fishing,you're lucky,because you also can fishing and practice other water sports at Amadorio Lake.
It is located between the town of Villajoyosa in the road to ORCHETA.This photo was taken from Orcheta and is not a goo one,you only can see a little part of the lake but also you can see the Mediterranean sea on it!.
BENIFALLIM,is another nice and quaint little village to see.It is located just next to the town of Penaguila and very close also of "Safari Aitana".
Benifallim has also a small and nice castle to see,located on top of a hill.
Other interesting places to stop around: (Torremanzanas,Alcolecha,Benilloba and Ares).
This is a general view of the town of SELLA ,it is located very close to Orcheta and following the road to the north,direction Penaguila and Sierra Aitana.
This is also another interesting village to stop and take a small stroll in the old town,also the town has a small medieval Castle and a nice Hermitage of Santa Maria that can be visited.
With the small town of FINESTRAT we can say that start the route of the villages of Alicante's Mountains.Finestrat is located on a hill and also is very close to the coastline,from top of the village you can see some nice views of Mediterranean Sea and also the beach that Finestrat has.It is called CALA DE FINESTRAT,and is located just next to Benidorm.
Finestrat has also some nice residencial areas just outside of the town and with awesome views of the sea.So if you are interesed to have a nice house with nice sea views,come to FINESTRAT!!!
Orcheta or in Valenciano language is ORXETA,is located also close to Callosa and Villajoyosa.Is another nice small town to see.There are a good old part of the town and also a few snack bars and restaurants.
I use to go many times to Orcheta to have a lunch in a nice restaurant here,it is: CASA PACO ,and it has local and international specialities,for more info take a look to my restaurant tip.
On the picture you can see some colorfull houses in Orcheta.
This is a very nice and interesting place to visit specially if you are travelling with children.
It is located next to the town of PENAGUILA,and about 15 Km from Guadalest.
Also the town of Penaguila is a goo place to make a stop,here you can see a nice old town and also a beautiful garden built on XIX cent.
SAFARI AITANA is a very nice and huge zoo located in the nature,another good zoo to see in the same area and just next to Guadalest is EL ARCA DE NOE.
For more information take a look to its website.
This is a medium size and also very tourist spot,it is located also in coastline,just next to Calpe,if you need more information about the area take a look to my Javea and Calpe pages,there you can see many interesting places along the coastline.
This is a picture taken from the small harbour and you can see behind the silouhette of the impressive
mountain Mongó.This town is located on the coastline and is a good place to have a break and feel the marine breeze,and nice views of Mediterranean Sea!!.
ROUTES BY CAR
Now, I'll tell you a few nice routes to make by car driving through all these mountains in Alicante province,at least you'll see some awesome landscapes,lot of small and nice villages and also a few medieval castles,a good combination isn't??.
I'l tell you the names of small towns and places of interest.
Agres, Muro, Alcocer de Planes,Gaianes, Beniarres,L'Orxa,Alfafara,Sierra Mariola,Sierra Medicanell.
Planes de la Baronía, La Vall de la Gallinera,La Vall de Alcalá,La Vall de Ebo y la Vall de Laguart.
Benasau, Alcolecha,Sella, Relleu,Benifallim,Torremanzanas,Penágila,
Polop-La Nucia, Bolulla, Callosa de Ensarria,Tarbena,Alcalalí,Benichembla,
Castell de Castells.
This is another nice and small village to visit.It is Benimantell,located just next to Guadalest town.
Is a very nice place to stop and have a walk in the old town,well is better to say that a walk in the town,because it is a very small village and you can see the whole place in just a short walk.There are some restaurants and bars inside the town.
FONTS DEL ALGAR
This is another beautiful place in the nature to see.It is "Fonts del Algar" and are located just outside of Callosa de Ensarriá.You'll see very easy the signs on the road just outside the town.
They are some small water cascades and they looks beautiful with the nice forest and landscapes around.I got a few more pictures of these waterfalls on my Guadalest page.
Driving by all these mountains in Alicante area,you'll see some beatiful landscapes.Most of all trees that you can see here are pines,but also there are lots of orange trees,lemon trees,almonds trees, and aswell some olive trees.There are lot of variety.
Also you'll find some lookpoints located on top of mountains or other places next to the roads,it is very easy to see the signal on the road and where they are located.In some of them you'll see awesome landscapes!!!!.
Very close to the Jalón Valley,are located Calpe and Benissa.Both are nice place to stop also this time on coastline.In Calpe you can see this huge Rock that is also a Natural Park: PEÑON DE IFACH.
Other nice places to see along the coastline:Moraira,Javea,Denia,Gandia.Also there is on the area another safari park this time is SAFARI PARK VERGEL and very close to that park a very interesting caves to see CUEVAS DE LAS CALAVERAS.