Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada

Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada

Parque Natural de la Serra Gelada
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JH03DUN
Gourock, UK216 contributions
Jul 2014 • Couples
We walked from benidorm centre to the cross on the hill, then we followed the path facing albir and just followed the path way, you can't get lost, all the paths have a yellow and white marks keeping you on track, this isn't for the faint hearted due to the steep climbs and the 483 meter cliffs on the right hand side!!! But what stunning views, the total walk from the cross to albir will take you around 4 hours or more, but please be equipped and cover up in the heat
Written July 20, 2014
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CherryFunk
Liverpool, UK78 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Lovely walk from Albir beach to the lighthouse. The walk starts by the Tourist Information kiosk by the beach in Albir ( there is a map here to get you started) and is well signposted up to the park entrance and throughout.. There is a vending machine containing cold drinks at the park entrance, make sure you take something to drink on sunny days are there are no more opportunities to buy drinks after this point.We visited in February but it was still warm enough to stop and have a drink of water a couple of times. There are also toilets here but these were not open when we visited as it was out of season.
The path starts off winding upwards through pine trees and is flat and well maintained with several stunning viewpoints along the route. It then climbs higher out into the open and winds past abandoned ochre mines and caves. A few of the other contributors mentioned litter along the way but we saw none, and there are regular litter bins at the side of the path. We loved the information signs dotted about which gave lots of interesting fact about the birds, animals, history and legends of the local area.
Written March 6, 2016
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Robert B
Dundee, UK25 contributions
Dec 2018
I didn't read any reviews before i did this, i just fancied doing it. I got the train from Benidorm up to Albir (15mins) and found myself heading for the mast by going directly up the north side (very steep and rocky for 30 mins) and came out about 200 metres east of the communications tower/mast/lighthouse or whatever it is!! it was a beautiful December day about 20degrees , looking south at the mediteranean and north/east/west to puig campana/Benidorm/ Albir and Altea- if these stunning views don't put a smile on your face then there is something wrong with you! and its like this the whole walk. Once you are travellling along the top ridge it is constant declines and inclines that will get your blood pumping and about halfway there is a pretty steep/tricky descent (there was a couple in front of me who gave up at this point and turned back) this is definetely the hardest part of the trip, once your past this i wouldn't say it gets easier- but its not as bad, if your not used to hillwalking (ie- you prefer sitting in a benidorm pub all day- then this is not for you) I walk in the Angus hills most weeks and i was tired after this. The journey starting at Albir train station across the serra helada and back to my hotel at the old town took about three and three quarter hours - but this was going at a good pace and only stopping for a few minutes to take in the views and have a drink, if your thinking about doing this and are reasonably fit- what are you waiting for? just do this walk and it will be one of the highlights of your holiday......
Written December 19, 2018
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cljung123
Marstrand, Sweden60 contributions
Oct 2017
We started our walk in Albir following a path that took us to the first top of the mountain. After a break with fika, we continued walking all the way to Benidorm! The view was stunning and we saw herbs that we use for cooking att home, like thyme and rosemary. There were a lot of lavender, blooming with purple flowers! Everybody in our group was physically fit, except me! And, to be honest, the walk was very exhausting! There were five or six tops to climb on the way to Benidorm! But in the end it was worth it and I'll do it again!
Written July 10, 2018
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Balderdashface1
Greater Manchester, UK13 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
The Sierra Helada is a fantastic area but is a serious walk. I believe it has the same ascents and descents as England's highest mountain! We walked up to the cross above Benidorm and a little foolishly decided to walk across the "ridge" to Albir without a great amount of water.
The path is not a ridge walk as it appears at first at first glance but follows a series of undulating hills. The path is well marked until the end at Albir where the markers on the floor do seem to disappear. It was a bit of a struggle to get down as the path disappeared and there was a lot of scree and loose stone underfoot. The walk itself is brilliant with fantastic views of Benidorm, the sea, Albir and the surrounding mountains. I would really reccomend this walk but would not advise people to walk it in the full glare of the sun (morning or evening would be best) and it is NOT a stroll for beginners. Transport back from either Benidorm or Albir, depending on which way you choose to walk is easy to find and cheap. Lorent Bus run a great service between Benidorm and Albir.
There is a walk from Albir up to the lighthouse which is much gentler and more suited to people who haven't a great deal of walking experience.
The route is suitable for cycling and it would be almost impossible to get lost!
Written June 1, 2016
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SalsaChickNik
Galera, Spain1,269 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
I was so impressed that the route to the lighthouse from the excellent surfaced car park was tarmac all the way, and wide enough for 3-4 people to walk side by side.

It was a lovely walk and although the lighthouse had recently closed for the day, it was still worth doing. The walk felt easy and pleasant. Although it was an unseasonably hot end of June day, there was a breeze throughout so it was fine.

The toilets at the car park were open at the start of our walk (around 1 o'clock) and were spotlessly clean. They were, understandably, closed at the end of our visit around 6 o'clock.

Just after setting off on the track, there's a picnic area on the left with benches and just past those is a tap for water; although the water is drinkable/potable, it was very warm and so not very palatable.

We had some people pass us on electric bikes - so that is an option for anyone who doesn't want to, or feel able to, walk the 2km or so of the track.

We did go off the main track to the small cove for a swim afterwards but the route to that is not that easy to navigate, nor is it particularly safe, so I wouldn't recommend it for others.
Written June 29, 2019
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Veronica494
Liverpool, UK50 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
There are several walks,all of them way marked. The walk from Albir to Benidorm over the mountain is tough in the heat,but well worth the effort. Take plenty of water and wear good footwear. I would recommend catching the bus back from Benidorm, costing 1.50 euro.
Written July 15, 2018
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nnmercman
Camberley, UK13,802 contributions
Dec 2017 • Solo
Visited mid December and work was being undertaken on the access road so be patient and you’ll find the alternate route to the car park. At the entrance from where the walk starts there’s a brand new access building with toilet facilities. The lighthouse walk is just under 5km on a smooth and gentle incline with great views as you ascend - the walk there and back took me around 45mins at a brisk pace. You don’t need specialist walking shoes/boots unless you want to take one of the side trails to a cove, the Ocre Mine or further uphill - there’s also seating along the walk if you need a rest. There’s an interpretive centre at the lighthouse building but you need to check opening times (see my pic for details). If you undertake the walk on a hot day then would strongly suggest you take a bottle of water with you. The lighthouse route has been restored to make it easily accessible for all ages and abilities and is an excellent example of how public money should be spent - you could even complete it on a “madgemobile”!
Written December 20, 2017
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Travelor1962
Tavira, Portugal126 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
I did do the lighthouse walk and well worth the time for the views and the trail is very easy to walk. The trail for Albir to Benidorm, if you are not in good physical shape or a good hiker, this trail may be very difficult. The trail head said 6km, but it is more like 11km. The climb to the top is 1500 feet incline and parts of the trail are rocky to climb and you need to watch for the yellow trail signs. The yellow markings could be on a tree, on the trail itself or on a rock along side the trail. It could def use better markers. Once at the top you have an unbelievable view 360 degrees. You can see Benidorm and it seems you are going to take a service road down but it turns left back onto the mountain. There are 2 very steep rocky mountainsides to get down. We followed a marker showing yellow/white and headed down the mountain only to add a longer trail to our hike. We should have gone straight and done another up and down of the mountain to arrive at the Cross. I would do this hike again, but would start on Benidorm side this time to make sure I take all the correct trails. This trail is difficult, so be prepared, have good shoes and pack plenty of water. It may have been a difficult trail but the great feeling at the end that I made it was worth it and the views are unbelievable as you hike the mountain tops.
Written March 13, 2015
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benisteve
Birmingham, UK15,634 contributions
Jan 2021 • Couples
The world changes but these views remain stunning, great walks, some very rugged off the main pathway.
Written January 30, 2021
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