Start out by crossing the dam wall (370 m). After the bridge, turn left on a
paved road signed for Cumbre Aixorta. The gently ascending road leads through
almond, olive and orange groves and pine forests. Sierra de Aixorta stretches
along to the right. On the opposite side of the reservoir, on your left, stands
the Aitana mountain.
When the road forks (1h) (395 m), go right uphill on a road with signs for
Cumbre de Aixorta and Castell de Castells.
Ignore the road that turns left (1h17min) (540m). Further up you have a clear
view of the reservoir in front, the sea behind it and the slopes of Aitana
dotted with white villages: Guadalest, Benimantell, Beniarda, Benifato,
Confrides and Abdet. On your left you see the gorge
of Canal (Barranco de la Canal).
The pass of Castells (Collado Castells) between the Serrella and Aixorta
mountains (Sierra de Serrella and Sierra de Aixorta) (1h50min) (860m) opens a
panorama of mountains. Ignore the road signposted to Castell de Castells and turn right to Morro Blau and Cumbre de Aixorta. Soon you see
Castells in the valley below. Behind your rise the Penya
Castellet and Barranco
de la Canal on the slopes of Serrella. The road keeps curling the
mountainside in a pine
forest, revealing more
ridges, gorges and valleys. Finally you can see the whole coastline from Gandia to Cap
When you reach a small cottage surrounded by a meadow with almond trees
(2h22min) (1045 m), you have a magnificent view over the northeast and southeast
Soon after the cottage, you find the first sign for the Teixos fountain (Font
dels Teixos) (2h27min) (1075 m). Keep following these signs, and ignore the road
that turns left. The road reveals Sierra
de Alfaro in the northwest, Cocoll
in the north and Cordilleras and
Sierra del Ferrer in the northeast.
Just before the fountain, the road forks (3h) (1055 m). Go
the sign for Cumbre de Aixorta. Almost immediately you come to a wooden house
and the Teixos fountain. Behind the house starts a
steep path to Cumbre de Aixorta.
When you reach a pass and a plain with fields (3h10min)(1135 m), the top (cumbre) of
Aixorta is on your right.
Work up your route to the top following
the red marks (3h20min) (1219 m). Look down for the fields in
the south and a sandroad behind them, because the route goes on that way. From
the top you have a clear outlook to all surrounding mountain
tops: Sierra de
Serrella in the west and next to it Sierra de
Alfaro; Sierra de la Safor and
Monduber in the northwest; Sierra del Carrascal de Parcent and behind it the
reddish Sierra del Montgó in the northeast; Sierra del Ferrer,
de Bernia and Olta in the east; Helada between Altea and Benidorm in the southeast;
Campana and Ponoch in the south; and Aitana in the southwest.
Behind the Ferrer opens the view to the east
coast with the Cape of Moraira.
Once you are back in the plain (3h30min), take the path that leads to the
fields, and cross the fields to a sandroad (3h35min) (1100 m). Turn left and
when you meet another road (3h40min) (1100 m), curve right uphill.
By the house at Morro Blau (3h55min) (1120 m) you have a closer view to the coast of
Altea and Benidorm than from the Cumbre de Aixorta.
Keep following the downhill road that curves left towards
Aixorta. You have a nice view to Bernia.
When it forks (4h05min) (1040 m), turn
right, ignoring the road signposted to Morro Blau, and continue to the Teixos
Descend back to the Guadalest
valley on the Guadalest reservoir road (6h05min).
Once you are back on the road that circles around the reservoir of Guadalest
(Embalse de Guadalest), turn right. Soon you are accompanied by a sound of
running water in the valley below. When a small bridge crosses the Guadalest
river (6h40 min) (385 m), go left. The road climbs quite sharply to the fountain
of Beniarda, which is surrounded by lush citrus groves. Pass a swimming pool on
your left, and soon after that, before reaching the Beniarda village, turn left
to a wide track (6h50 min) (430 m). The track descends close to the water level
(360 m). A number of paths and tracks fork left to the reservoir. By keeping
right you ascend back to the dam (7h35min).