Start out by walking on the main street some 40 meters. By the sign for the
Arbre fountain (Font de L'Arbre) (785 m), turn right. Another 100 meters further
you have a sign for Puerto de Tudons. When the road forks, go right uphill
(5min). Follow the white-yellow waymarks.
The narrow asphalt road lined with
meadows and pine woods snakes
its way up to the Arbre fountain (1h20min) (1170m), where you find signs for the
top of Aitana (Cumbre Aitana) and Benifato.
The track from the Arbre fountain towards the top of Aitana slopes uphill through a pine forest and rose
bushes. The ground
flora consists of colorful tussocks and
salvia. On your way you encounter
also ice houses. One of them lies close to the
vertical rock wall crowned by
antennas, on the opposite side of the track. In the old days, these deep round buildings served as
ice storages. Ignore a fork left downhill
(2h05min) (1400 m) and soon after that another that goes right uphill.
At the Forata fountain (Font Forata) (2h10min) (1370m) you find
another ice house and a sign for
the top of Aitana. Take the path that starts at the upper end of the water pipe.
Try to follow the white-yellow waymarks and stay on the well beaten path. It
starts easy but gets more trying. You have to climb over big
bolders, and go
through an opening in the rock wall called Pas de la Rabosa to the top
of one projecting part of the mountain (2h35min) (1470 m), then descend to a
junction where you turn right. Behind you the top of Puig
Campana seems to float in the air. The path leads to the top
of the main projection with
antennas (2h55min) (1550m).
Since Aitana is the highest mountain of Costa Blance you enjoy fantastic
views over all other great peaks of the region. If the weather is clear, the
panorama reaches over the Alcoi as far as Montcabrer.
In the northern side of the Guadalest
valley you can see the mountain range of Aixorta.
In addition to the path that you came up there are at least two other paths
that you can return to Font Forata. As you can see from the top both of these
paths are much steeper than the one you came up. On your way back to the Forata
fountain visit the clefts of Partagas (Simas del Partagas) that you can find on
both sides of the junction wheere you turn left.
When you are back at Font Forata (3h30min), turn right on a track signposted
for Benifato. Again, pay attention to the white-yellow waymarks. At the first
fork (3h32min), go left, and, at the second (3h35min), go right. The track
peters out into a path (3h40min) (1300 m). When it forks, go left, and soon you
come to the Mandas fountain (3h45min) (1260 m). On your way
down the landscape
varies from bushy natural lands to
At the next fork (3h48min) (1250 m), go right. The path descends to a track
on which you turn left (4h05min) (1125 m). Ignore the track that forks left
(4h10min) (1085 m). Soon you come to a signposted track. Turn left to the
Partagas fountain (Font Partagas) (4h20min) (1040 m). If you
take this route in spring time, you can admire the pink almond groves on your
right, down in the plains of Alomes and
At the Partagas fountain
start walking on a narrow asphalt road signposted to
Benifato. Soon the reddish walls of Partagas rise in front of you. When this
road meets another narrow asphalt road (4h40min) (860 m), turn left. Now you
have a closer look at the towns of Benifato,
Guadalest. At the next
junction (4h55min) (815 m), go left uphill. The road keeps ascending for a
while. When it starts descending towards Confrides you see the
Benifato on your left.
When the road forks (5h30min) (835 m), go right. Descend to the CV-70
(5h40min) (740 m), and turn left. Walk on the CV-70 back to Confrides (5h50min).