From the UK it is just a couple of hours travel to Alicante, then a quick transfer and you are in a different world where adventures on two feet await those willing to explore.
The Guadalest Valley has seen many changes over the last 1,000 years, and presently it is slowly reverting to a haven for wildlife.
The Mediterranean pine forests are reclaiming the rugged mountain slopes and red squirrels, wild boar, foxes (zorros), wild sheep and goats are on the increase, while high above the mountains Golden Eagles ride the thermals as they cruise along the ridges.
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Valencia's highest summits
At over 5,500 feet (1,558 metres) the Sierra Aitana is the highest peak in Valencia Province and lies to the south of the Guadalest Valley. Hidden on its Northern flanks are an amazing series of rock crevasses, formed by colossal cubes of rock, many hundreds of metres across, which have become detached from the mountain and are descending like a rock glacier down the slopes.
The tranquility of the Secret Sanchet Valleys
Get away from it all in these remote valleys.
Explore ancient castles
Perched on top of spectacular pinnacles, thousands of feet up in the mountains, the Moorish castles are amazing places to explore.
Almond blossom and Spring flowers
February to April you can experience a riot of colour with whole terraces ablaze with fragrant almond blossom - and spring flowers in abundance.
Take a short cut through from one side of a mountain to another! A cave through the limestone is a bizarre and never-to-be-forgotten experience.
Sierra Helada sea cliffs
Superb views from these 2,000-foot high cliffs above the Mediterranean.
Best times to go:
It's a great venue for walking from Autumn to spring, as you benefit from the warm and sunny climate and the relatively long days.
Summer can be a bit too hot for some people, although on the higher peaks it can be quite pleasant.
Throughout the year, different treats are available.
In Winter and Spring oranges and almonds are still on the trees. Early summer brings an incredible harvest of cherries in the orchards on the higher terraces, and also the local speciality - the nispero or loquat which is very energising and has a flavour mix of peach, citrus and mild mango.
Late summer is fig season, and you can fuel a long run with their energy! Self-seeded grapes and super sweet blackberries can also be found. Don't be tempted to try the olives though, without processing they are completely inedible.
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