Walk back from the restaurant (705 m) to the "Benasau" sign, and
turn uphill on a paved road. Ignore the left fork immediately after the turn.
150 meters further on (725 m), by a chapel, turn right and start following the
white-yellow waymarks. When the road forks (7 min), bear right.
The paved road ascends along the southern slope of Sierra de Serrella through
almond, olive and cherry
groves. On the opposite slope you see the town of Alcoleja.
The road turns first into a track
(23 min) that snakes its way smoothly
uphill. Then the track peters out into a path (45 min) (1035 m),
which dives into a pine forest and comes to a sand
road (53 min) (1080 m). Turn
left on this ascending
When the road forks by a big green water tank (1h15min) (1240 m), curve left
uphill. At the top (1h30min) (1290), you see two tracks coming in from the
right. Join the one closest to you. The track
lined by pine trees takes you to the Penya Creus. When the
track ends (1h45min) (1315 m), find a path that climbs to the crest. If you
cannot see the path clearly, just start climbing right uphill. You'll find the
path further up. Atop the Penya Creus (1h50min) (1350 m) you come to a
particularly good viewpoint over the Guadalest reservoir to the coast line.
Around the Valley of
Guadalest, you can see the mountains of Aixorta,
Bernia and Aitana besides the eastern
peaks of Serrella. In the northwest rises the Benicadell
mountain. In the north you enjoy a sea view over the Seta
Start following the crest to the Serrella summit where you see a wooden
cottage. On your right the gorge Figueretes opens a view to the Seta
valley. It looks like the path would go all the way to the summit, but after
some twenty minutes you see the track on your right. Go left on this track, and,
when you come to another track, turn right (2h12min) (1290 m). A
path joins in from
the right and you see the wooden cottage uphill (2h20min) (1320 m). Take the
path to the cottage (2h25min) (1360 m) to enjoy views of Aitana,
Almudaina and Safor.
You can also look
back to the route you have taken.
Return to the road and turn right (2h30min). In some ten minutes the road
peters out into a path which goes through the Alt del Alt to a
crest. At some
points the path that goes along the crest is difficult to see, and the crest is
very narrow with steep drops to the
lower plain. When you have negotiated your way through the difficult part (3h) (1185 m), the
path keeps descending to 1140 meters, and starts rising again. At the top
(3h12min) (1175 m) it curves left. Ignore a path that forks right downhill
(3h17min) (1160 m).
It is a steep haul back to Benasau. Most of the way, the path is just a trail
of loose pebbles. Finally you emerge into a track (4h) (825 m). Turn left. You
come to an aspahalt road. Turn right. Now you see behind the southwestern slope
of Serrella along which you climbed down. From
this angle the path seems to be almost unnegotiable. At the next junction, turn left, and, at
the following one, turn right. Pass the chapel, and turn left. Descend to the
CV-70, and turn right to the Restaurante - Bar Serrella (4h10min).