It’s a huge joy to see the enormous extentions of water invade this nature reserve. As is seeing the flock of flamencos (there could thousands) that wander from one side to the other, looking for food. It’s a true pleasure to see the freshwater wetlands and the extensive areas whitewashed by the salt. It’s definitely a relaxing walk with several places to take gorgeous pictures of the many species of birds.
This location was declared a nature reserve first in 1988 by the Valencian town hall and then again in 1994 by Spain, with the aim to preserve to few “natural jewels” that still remain on Alicante’s white coast.
There’s a handful of interesting birds, some amphibious species along the shore, and some plant life you’ll only see in this area.
There are places to park along the CN-322 highway, but be sure to be careful where you leave you car.
This location was declared a nature reserve first in 1988 by the Valencian government and then again in 1994 by the national government, with the aim to preserve to few “natural jewels” that still remain on Alicante’s Costa Blanca.
There are places to park along the CN-322 highway, but be sure to be careful where you leave you car, as many thieves can be present in summer.
Only a few minutes’ walk from Albir Beach in Alfaz del Pí, you’ll find the entrance to this natural park that offers one of the most rewarding hikes in all of the Costa Blanca.
The idea is to walk until you reach the lighthouse, a trip which takes about an hour if you go at a good pace. You can, of course, also go by bike, but come prepared as the trail is somewhat tough due to the heat. But it’s worth it. The trail has viewpoints scattered throughout which give great views and there are also some benches along the way to sit down and take a rest.
I really recommend taking something to eat or drink in your backpack to refresh yourself at the halfway point.
I found out about this place thanks to a good friend who’s a photographer. He showed it to me because it has a spectacular sunset during the summer. When the water begins to dry up is when this place really displays its charm, as everything is covered in salt, leaving spectacular shapes, colors, and textures. In addition to the pretty sunset, there’s also great reflections in the water. It’s a special place.
Earlier this summer I decided to take a tour of this natural area which is mostly populated with oaks and pines and the foot of the mountain is usually dominated by fields sown with wheat. This natural setting is perfect for hiking.
The coast of Jávea from the road connecting the port to the Arenal beach (named Montañar) offers some of the best views of the Bay of Jávea and especially Cabo de San Antonio. This area has pebble beaches, so I’d recommend bringing sandals to explore the waters pain-free. In summer, various beach bars set up so you can enjoy a cold drink day or night
This protected area has three official routes you can do: two walking trails and one for bikes. I’d highly recommend these routes which let you enjoy this cinematic and enchanting natural area. The yellow route is short and gives you a nice overview of the park. It has some viewpoints set up called VOLCAM which give a good idea of the natural lakes.
The green route takes you further into the park and lets you see the yellow ponds and the Raja reservoir.
The real treasure, though, is the red route. We did it last Saturday from 8 to 11:00am, which is one of the two available times you can do it. This route passes by the two large reservoirs, Ponient and Llevant. In the spring, the reservoirs fill up and you can see them up close from the viewpoints. The view is priceless. I’d really recommend getting there early. There are some interesting wetlands in the park as well.
The Sierra de Bernia is most well-known by those that live in the Marina Baixa region. It's a collection of mountains that extend perpendicularly towards the sea are specifically located between Altea, Callosa d´En Sarrià, Calpe, Benisa and Jalón.
Two of its main attraction are:
El Fuerte de Bernia: a building built to prevent the uprising of the Moors and defend the coast from the frequent Barbary pirate attacks.
El Forat: a small thirty-meter natural tunnel that connects the south slope with the north. You can go through the tunnel, but you must crouch.
The paths surround the sierra that go through Fuerte y the Forta are well indicated with the typical yellow and white lines. We got confused one time but we quickly spotted the markers and realized we were about to head off the beaten path.
Following the trail takes about four hours (with a relaxed pace).
This is coastal natural area near the city of Elche that is equipped with a playground, barbecues, and recreational areas. The space features a Nature Centre that's meant to cater to group visits, but you can visit the park on your own. The park has a wide variety of bird life and several viewing points near the ponds where they usually nest. Hunting is banned here and it shows in the large number of rabbits running around.
This park is also next to a nearly-virgin beach called Playa de Carabassi. This beach is the best in Elche and I would really recommend it. It's free to the public and the sunsets are really spectacular.
The "Xorret del Cati" is a good place for a day trip, with plenty of picnic areas, toilets, bars and a camping area. The facilities are well equipped, clean and maintained. There are several trails to follow and other places to visit. All these places are easily accessible as they are all clearly marked. You can also camp with permission from "Mediterranean Silvoturoismo SL". I have left their phone number and website if any of you are in the vicinity and decide to camp. Normally you are granted permission, unless bad weather is forecast.
I took the bus 35 from La Cala de Finestrat at 11.30, arriving at the village of Finestrat at 1200. In the center, I turned off to the north toward CV-7672. Continuing about 900 meters to the Moli fountain on the right side of the road. Start climbing the asphalt road. After crossing a bridge over a small canal (7min) (385 m), you will see signs on the right side of the road. Desert road and follow the sign that points to a wide path to Puig Campana. Follow the markings of white. Further up the path is marked with red markings and stone montocillos. I reached the summit at 14:30. An interesting and exciting walk - I would highly recommend it!
From Guardamar, follow the channel of the river Segura on the left bank to its mouth in the Mediterranean and, from there, along a dirt road, you will come to this protected area where you can see birds, coots and herons who have chosen these dunes as their habitat. Cottages in Alicante: http://www.Toprural.Com/comunidad-valenciana/casas-rurales-alicante_bd-es-03.htm
El Paraje Natural de El Hondo is located between the towns of Elche and Crevillente, both belonging to the Bajo Vinalopó, south of Valencia, Spain. If the Vinalopó river hasn't run dry, it flows into the lagoons of this park.
Its geographical coordinates are 38 ° 12 'north latitude and 0 °' 42 'west longitude. The park is included in the Ramsar international convention for the protection of wetlands and the European Directive SPAs as Special Protection Area for Birds. It has 2,495 hectares and was declared a National Park by the Generalitat Valenciana on December 12, 1988. If you visit in the wet season, you should birdwatch, as there are many different species as well as many interesting native flora.
At the northern end of La Mata Beach (Torrevieja), there’s a small natural park. At first, it’s not something that generates great expectations but that changes once you spend a few minutes in its interior.
You’ll see a great variety of wild birds, many of which are song birds like Canaries, a popular pet in the local area that will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside in an instant! Then, if you’re lucky, you’ll also see some of the squirrels that live in the area. While squirrels might seem right at home in a lot of places, it’s somewhat of an oddity in southeastern Spain due to the lack of trees thanks to rampant construction along the coastline.
It’s a place to rest and relax next to the sea since the park ends right at the edge of the La Mata Beach.