Without debate, Calpe and it’s region offer all that one can ask for. This is a paradise for hikers and for those who just want to relax.  As I promised in my previous post to write another article about things to do in Calpe and its nearby cities, unfortunately, I can not write about all activities you can do in this region, so I will just review the things that I did and share my own experiences.

We left from Calpe by vehicle in the morning to Altea. After a while driving through the fabulous mountains and tunnels, we arrived at our destination. We parked in a free parking terrain next to mandarin fields, then we walked uphill to the old city along small streets with whitewashed walls.

Altea

Typical Street and house in Altea. Altea is a city in the north of Alicante, Spain, on the Costa Blanca.

At the top, we arrived at the Altea square where you can enjoy a very beautiful view over the Mediterranean sea. However, this is the social and cultural center of the town. On the right side of the plaza, a highly decorated church called ” La Mare de Déu del Consol” (The Virgin of the Consol) is situated. This church was build in the early twentieth century and can be visited.

A view over the town and mediterranean sea from the old city of Atlanta

A view over the town and mediterranean sea from the old city of Atlanta

After lunch in a local restaurant next to Altea beach, we left for Vía Ferrata del Albir to start our hiking adventure.  Just after a short walk from Vía Ferrata del Albir, you come to a crossroads where a sign refers to Faro del Albir and Alto del Gobernador. We have chosen for the climb to the Alto del Gobernador. For this climb make sure to have proper hiking boots as it is not a simple climbing route.  On the way up you will be rewarded by the beautiful panoramic views.

Parque natural de la Sierra Helada

A view of the city and the Mediterranean Sea from Parque Natural de la Sierra Helada

If you decide to walk to Alto del Gobernador, you can follow the marked route with white and yellow stripes. For the walk to the Faro del Albir (lighthouse) just follow the marked route as shown in below picture.

Parque natural de la Sierra Helada-  Faro del Albir - Altea

A walk route sign of route 2 in Parque Natural de la Sierra Helada

 

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