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Hiking Routes in and Around Alicante

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The province of Alicante is a special treasure for those who love to go hiking and discover some of the hidden jewels of the area. Discover our hiking routes in the Alicante area. In this blog, we are going to provide you with different routes suitable for beginner and skilled trekkers.

Whether it is your first time strapping on boots and hitting the trails, or you are an expert trekker, you will find what you need for an incredible hiking journey during your vacation. All routes are suitable for dogs, but be aware of their physical limitations and choose the best route for you and your furry friend!

All of the routes that we have prepared are near the famous city of Benidorm and can be easily accessed by any of our hotels, Sandos Benidorm, which is perfect for families, or Sandos Monaco, ideal for those 16+ looking for an adults-only getaway. From the moment you arrive, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the mountains and valleys, all part of this breathtaking landscape.

Put on your hiking boots and grab your backpack; let’s get started!

Hiking Trails for Experts in Alicante

Serra Gelada

The Serra Gelada or Sierra Helada route is one for expert hikers due to its steep slopes and tough terrain. If you lack experience in the mountains, we strongly recommend that you discover a different route that is better for your current skill level. This route lies between Albir and Benidorm in a protected natural area where you can enjoy absolutely stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea, Benidorm, and the entire inland area of Costa Blanca from its cliffs.

This route can be conquered by going through it directly or by going in a circle. If you want to go through it directly, you can take a bus back to the start in Albir or Benidorm. You can also leave a car at either end of the trail as they both have parking lots.

📈 Difficulty: High 🔴

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 14.3 km

🕒 Time: Approx 5 hours

⛔👨‍👩‍👧: Not suitable for small children

✅🐕: Suitable for obedient dogs

Panoramic View of Benidorm, Albir & Serra Gelada

Puig Campana

As one of the highest mountains in Alicante with absolutely breathtaking views of the entire Costa Blanca at the top, Puig Campana is a must-see during your next vacation.  Once a year, when the position of the sun is in the right place, you can see the Sierra de la Tramuntana on the island of Mallorca at sunrise. If you want to see the top of Puig Campana, you need to be an expert trekker. For those with less experience, there is another route that is a bit easier.

📈 Difficulty: High🔴

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 15 km

 🕒 Approximate time: Approx 6-7 hours

⛔👨‍👩‍👧 Not suitable for children

✅🐕 Suitable for obedient dogs

Puig Campana

Sierra Bernia

This mountain range is lengthy with a protected area; it separates the Marina Baja and the Marina Alta. The path that runs from Les Fonts del Algar to Mascarat is full of stones, so wearing the proper mountain footwear is crucial. On this route, you will get to see incredible panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea and all of the towns that are in the area. Also, along this route is one of the most famous points to take a photograph! Forat de la Sierra Bernia is a rock formation in the shape of a cave; from here, you will be able to take the picture of a lifetime.

📈 Difficulty: Medium  

🏃‍♂️Kilometers: 10 km

🕒 Approximate time: Approx 4-5 hours

👨‍👩‍👧 Suitable for teens and adults

✅🐕 Suitable for obedient dogs

The Vall de Gallinera

The Vall de la Gallinera is a valley located in the Marina Alta area of ​​Alicante. This hiking route has 2 options, either going through it in a circle or directly. Along the route, you will discover different towns in the area and meet some of the incredible people that reside there. We recommend tackling this route in March when the beautiful cherry trees bloom, and you can see firsthand why the cultivation of cherries characterizes the area. If you want to go with your family, it is suitable for children who are old enough to withstand a 4-hour excursion. This route can also be the perfect spot for a quick stroll as it can be done in small sections. The route is popularly known as the route of the 8 villages of the Vall de Gallinera.

📈 Difficulty: Medium  

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 14 km linear route, 28 km circular route

 🕒 Approximate time: 4 hours or 8 hours depending on the route you choose

👨‍👩‍👧 Suitable for teens and adults

✅🐕 Suitable for obedient dogs

Cherry Blossom

Hiking Routes for the Entire Family

Benissa Ecological Trail

If your children are begging you to explore the great outdoors, then you cannot miss out on this amazing route. It is extremely simple and absolutely beautiful. During your journey, you will walk along the sea and be able to witness small coves. In the summer, you can even stay in one of these coves to cool off and indulge in some of the many delicious restaurants.

📈 Difficulty: Very simple  

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 3.5 km

🕒 Approximate time: 45 minutes

👨‍👩‍👧 Suitable for the entire family

✅🐕 Suitable for any type of dog

Albir Lighthouse Route

If the Serra Gelada route is too complicated for you and your group, you can take the route that starts at Albir, the Lighthouse Route; it provides a pleasant path for a refreshing walk.  It is perfect for children, as it is an asphalt road that borders the coast. The views are stunning during the entire route, and you can admire both the Mediterranean Sea and the native flora. When you reach the end of this short route, you will be able to access the lighthouse area, see the open sea, and, hopefully, a pod of dolphins crossing it.

📈 Difficulty: Very simple  

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 5 km

🕒 Approximate time: 1 hour

👨‍👩‍👧 👶 Suitable for the entire family and a baby carriage

✅🐕 Suitable for any type of dog

Albir Lighthouse Route

Mascarat Canyon Route

This route is guaranteed to leave you speechless as you walk between the narrow walls of the Mascarat Canyon. When you walk through the ravine, you will be able to admire the engineering work that has been carried out to circumvent the Barranc Salat that separates the Sierra de Bernia and culprit for complicated communication between the towns in the area. In this video, you will see the beauty of the area from a bird’s eye view. This place has been well-taken care of and the route is easily accessible for hikers. If you want a more challenging route, you can go up to Morro de Toix.

📈 Difficulty: Easy  

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 1.6 km

🕒 Approximate time: 25 minutes

👨‍👩‍👧 Suitable for the entire family

✅🐕 Suitable for obedient dogs

Font Roja Natural Park

This beautiful excursion is next to the famed mountain town of Alcoy. You can choose different levels according to the style of excursion; easy, medium, or complex. For now, we will just focus on the easier excursion that can be completed with slightly older children as the walk is about 2 hours long, and the little ones may get tired quickly. This route is officially called the “Red Route,” and while on it, you will enter the Barranc de L’infern and discover the Font Roja Sanctuary as well as the spectacular landscapes of the La Font Roja Natural Park.

📈 Difficulty: Easy  

🏃‍♂️Kilometers: 4.5 km

🕒 Approximate time: 2 hours

👨‍👩‍👧 Suitable for teens and adults

✅🐕 Suitable for all dogs

Bordering the Guadalest Swamp

This tour is perfect for the whole family, be it babies or teens. The beautiful route borders the Guadalest reservoir and, at the same time, allows you to admire the beauty of the native agricultural fields. During the blooming season of the almond trees, it is a landscape that will leave you in awe due to its natural beauty. Although this route is circular and is 11.5 kilometers long, it is very flat and has small slopes that make for an enjoyable walk. Taking advantage of the fact that you are in the Guadalest Valley, we highly recommend that when you finish, you go up to the town to discover the Guadalest Castle and witness the panoramic views of the reservoir and the valley.

📈 Difficulty: Easy

🏃‍♂️ Kilometers: 11.5 km

🕒 Approximate time: Approx 3-4 hours

👨‍👩‍👧 👶 Suitable for the entire family and a baby carriage

✅🐕 Suitable for obedient dogs

Guadalest swamp

Now that you know some of the best hiking routes in Alicante, keep this little guide in mind during your vacation so that you can easily enjoy these routes and everything they have to offer. In addition, on our page specialized in hiking routes, you can find alternative paths in the area. If you want to discover the area of ​​Jávea, we recommend excursions to the Cabo de San Antonio Natural Reserve and where the Vinalopó River is.


If you loved this article and are now thinking about visiting Benidorm on your next vacation to the breathtaking Mediterranean with your partner, friends, family, or even solo, we provide different types of accommodation options for you.

Don’t know where to stay? At Sandos Benidorm Suites, you can enjoy a vacation with family or friends with a bed and breakfast, half board, or all-inclusive plan, depending on your needs. This amazing resort has spacious rooms measuring 45 m2, with two separate areas and comfortable beds for up to 4 people. We also have a children’s play area, an area for teenagers, a solarium terrace, a swimming pool, a wellness center, a themed restaurant, and a party room with live performances. Also, enjoy our new entertainment program with activities for all ages.

At Sandos Monaco, if you travel as a couple, alone or with your family, all of whom are over 16, you can stay at our Sandos Monaco resort & spa, ideal for pampering yourself after some time in the mountains. You can also book beauty treatments or massages to relax your body and mind. Would you like to relax in our SPA and thermal water circuit? See the SPA menu here.

Discover the offers we have for your next vacation in Benidorm at Sandos Monaco or Sandos Benidorm Suites. If you want to get to know the rest of our destinations, click here. Also, if you become a member of our loyalty program, you can get discounts, prizes, and gifts; register now and start earning coins.

Learn More About the Area

If you want to relax after one of the amazing excursions you can participate in during your vacation, read our blog about wellness getaways. Are you a lover of the game of golf? Well, you can take advantage of your stay and play golf; in this blog, we give you some tips on the best places to play in the city. Or, if you prefer to discover Costa Blanca by car, you can also discover the best route by car in Costa Blanca.

Don’t keep your sportier side hidden during your vacation in Benidorm, and start enjoying your getaway the way you truly deserve!

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