It was these mountains that attracted us to the area and Vall de Laguar in particular as we’d had a recommendation from fellow travellers that the hiking and cycling was excellent. We’ve read that this tiny valley containing several small mountain villages is one of the best kept secrets of the Marina Alta and after just a short time here we’re already inclined to agree.
The entire area bears the history of the Moors who invaded Spain via Gibraltar in the 8th century and occupied the region of Alicante for the next 400 years. They moulded the mountains of the area, creating irrigation systems and terraces and planting orange and almond groves, agriculture which still persists today.
The route itself was actually very easy to follow since all you need to do is stay on the clearly visible, primarily stepped path as you descend/ascend in and out 3 gorgeous rocky canyons. We were especially fortunate during our hike that we had incredible sunny weather that really bought out the scent of almond blossom and wild herbs in the breeze, leaving the air smelling sweet and inviting as we slowly walked the ancient stepped route.
Overall the circuit took us around 5 hours (even though many guides suggest 6-7 and we weren’t hurrying). The campsite manager also said it rarely took longer than 5 hours, but it was still a challenging walk with all of the ascending and descending on rocky steps, but well worth it as well.
Arriving back at our campsite with tired feet, we prepared dinner and sat gazing right out to the Mediterranean Sea as the sun slowly set and the sky turned orange, pink and the stars appeared. A perfect end to a wonderful day in a new area.
Motorhome Base: Camping Vall de Laguar
Start/ End Point: Camping Vall de Laguar/Fleix
Total Distance: 14.3km
Time it took us: 5 hours
Map: (1:25,000) 822-1 Orba