|Start at Casa les Planisses (720 m) by taking
the signposted path down to the fountain (Les fontes).
You see the slopes of
Benicadell in front of you. Follow the
white-yellow waymarks, and ignore a left fork some 150 meters further.
The fountain is a nice picnic place with
tables and a
Continue from the fountain straight ahead following the sign for
Pista Forestal and Alt Benicadell. The path bends to northwest and comes
to the ruins of a house (20min) (645 m). A couple of meters before
reaching the house, the path curves left, and widens to a track that
goes through almond groves.
When you come to a sand road and signs (28min) (705 m), turn left for
Alt Benicadell. Keep an eye on the right side of the road looking for signposts. When
you encounter a sign for Alt Benicadell (40min) (785 m), take the path
right uphill. At the fork (50min) (850 m), go left. If you go
will meet a dead end by a small cave and have to return to the fork.
From the path you have a nice view over the Beniatjat
town below and to the rock
walls rising in front of you.
Further up the path starts ascending
in zigzag. The next fork (1h20min) (985 m) is signposted. Go straight ahead for
the Benicadell ice house (Nevera del Benicadell). Ignore a left fork
which you encounter in two minutes, but go left at the signposted fork
(1h25min) (1015 m). The ice house (1h28min) (1025 m) is well
preserved with a roof and windows
framed by climbing plants,
and locates in a nice spot where you can have a break before returning
to the Alt Benicadell fork (1h35min) (985 m). At the fork, turn right
uphill for the plain
of Benicadell (Alt Benciadell). From the plain continue on the path
to the top of
The top of Benicadell (1h50min) (1104 m) opens a view to the
surrounding valleys rimmed by mountain ranges. In the southeastern valley you
can see the town of Beniarrés, and behind it the reservoir
(Embalse de Beniarrés)
lined by mountains all the way to Aitana, the highest top in Costa
Blanca. The crest of
Benicadell streches out southwestwards.
When you have descended back to the sand road (2h 40min), turn right
to the Casa les Planisses (2h55min).