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Fuente Pouet Alemany (La Sella) - Partagas - Fuente de Forata - Aitana - Fuente Pouet Alemany

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How to get there: Drive on the CV-770 about 5km from Sella towards Alcoy. Turn on a narrow asphalt road, signposted to "Benifato 16.2 km". The 6.5 km long asphalt road ends at the Alemany fountain (Font Pouet Alemany). (Roadmap of Marina Baixa)

Distance: 5h/17km

Walk straight ahead from the fountain (995 m) on a track. Turn left on another track with a white-yellow waymark (5min) (1020 m). Follow the waymarks and ignore all sidetracks. The track ascends gently between mountain ranges. On your right, Puig Campana with a square shaped hole on its peak dominates the mountain landscape. On your left, you have the gentle slopes of Aitana.

When you come to a precipice with a gorgeous view over the Guadales valley (1h05min) (1250 m), continue on the track right downhill. At this point you see another track that goes left uphill. Later on, you will return on this track from Aitana.

The downhill road goes towards the reddish walls of Partagas. Do not go all the way to Partagas fountain, but ascend on a path on your left (1h20min) (1140 m). You can recognise this path by a stone arch that you can see uphill, obliquely left forward. The arch is a part of an ice house to which the path leads (1h25min) (1160 m). In the old days, these deep round buildings served as ice storages. Continue on the path that is now hardly recognisible. You pass a house ruin, and direct towards an almond grove that you can see ahead.

By the grove, you meet a track (1h32min) (1170 m). Follow it right downhill. The track zigzags to the lower part of the grove, and starts running westwards. Soon you see a cottage extending from a boulder on your left, and almost immediately after it a taller building. On the right hand side of the track you find another ice house (1h43min) (1125 m). Walk on the track past all these buildings. Some 25 meters after the tall building, fork on an ascending path with a white-yellow waymark on your left (1120 m). On your way up the landscape varies from bushy natural lands to rocky terrain with the reddish walls of Partagas and gray bolders.

When the path forks close to the Partagas rock (1h55min) (1180 m), keep left. Go left also at the next fork (2h05min) (1250 m). Soon you reach a charming fountain, called Mandas (2h07min) (1265 m).

A couple of minutes after the fountain, the path comes to a T-junction (2h10min) (1290 m), where you turn right. The path widens to a track that forks (2h16min) (1325 m). Go left uphill. The track takes you to the Forata fountain (Font Forata) (2h23min) (1370 m).

At the Forata fountain you find 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 after some 15 minutes. You have to climb over big boulders, and go through an opening in the rock wall called Pas de la Rabosa to the top of one projecting part of the mountain (2h47min) (1470 m), then descend to a crosspaths (2h50min) (1450 m), where you go straight ahead to the opposite slope. Before continuing on the route, visit the clefts of Partagas (Simas del Partagas) that you can find on both sides of the crosspaths. The uphill path is a bit difficult to detect, but if you keep left, you find a well beaten path on the top (3h05min) (1500 m).

Now you have the best part of the walk ahead. Follow the path that goes along the ridge to east. On your left, the sheer rock wall dips 160 meters to a plateau rimmed by a rugged mountain landscape. You can see numerous peaks and mountain ranges, most notable of which are Benicadell, Serrella, Monduber, Safor, Aixorta, Montgo and Ifach. Further on, will enjoy fine views down over the Guadalest valley with the Guadalest reservoir and town, and a number of other towns and villages. On your right, the slopes of Aitana descend gently in the Taqarina valley lined in the south by Peña de Sella. Obliquely right forward, you have Puig Campana, Ponoig on its right hand side and Monte Castellet on its left hand side. In front you have a splendid seaview over the bays and villages of the east coast.

The path descends to a track on which you walked the first part of toe route (4h05min) (1250 m). Turn right and return to the Alemany fountain (5h).


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