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Benimaurell (Fuente dels Olbis) - Collado de Garga - Juvees del Poble de Dalt - Barranco del Tuerto - Benimaurell (Fuente dels Olbis)

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How to get there: Drive on the CV-715 towards Orba. By Orba turn on CV-718 signposted to La Vall de Laguar. This road joins the CV-721. Drive through Campell, Fleix and Benimaurell to the Olbis fountain. The fountain is easy to recognise by the stone tables and benches on the right hand side of the road. (Roadmap of Marina Alta)

Distance: 2h35min/10km

Start the walk at the Olbis fountain (Font dels Olbis) (580 m) by continuing the narrow asphalt road uphill. Pass the signposts on your right. Green hills dominate the scene. The Moorish steps are clearly visible on the northwestern slopes of the Costeras Baixes. When the road bends sharply left, you see the Migdia mountain range on your side and the Montgo mountain in front of you. Soon after that, when the road bends right, you find the sign for the Pass of Garga (Collado de Garga) on your left (15min) (680 m). Take this path.

When the path comes to a track by a house, turn right uphill, and a minute later, climb back on the path that forks left. At the top (25 min) (765 m) you find three signposts. The views encompass the plains of Cocoll (Alts del Cocoll), and, behind it, the Aixorta mountain (Serra d’Aixorta) in the south and southwest. The mountains of Aitana and Serrella are on their western side.

The route continues to the pass of Garga, but if you want to visit the fountain of Carrasque, go straight on downhill. Follow carefully the white-yellow waymarks. It takes about thirty minutes to get there. The path goes on from the fountain, but, if you do not want to tresspass a private property, return to the signposts. The fountain itself is nothing special, but the path has some charming spots.

The path to the pass of Garga turns right, and joins a concrete walkway by a wooden house. Walk some twenty meters on this walkway and return on the path on your left.

In the pass of Garga (35min) (760 m), you find the restaurant Venta el Collao and signs for the Gorge of Inferno (Barranc del Infern) and fountain of Mata pointing to the right. Follow these signs, and continue on the track ignoring the path and track that fork to the left (40min).

If you want to visit the fountain of Mata, fork left to a path that you find soon after the restaurant. You can return from the fountain to the pass of Garga also by taking a narrow asphalt road. This circuit of some 45 minutes offers nice views to Aitana, Serrella and the valley of Pop.

Going forward on the track signposted to Barranc del Infern, you see Montcabrer - the highest peak of Mariola range - in the west. When the road curves to northeast, the Montgo mountain and the Denia valley come into sight. In the east, the Laguart valley spreads out to the sea. Beneath runs the Barranco dels Racons.

The track leads to a group of abandoned houses - the village of Juvees del Poble de Dalt (1h30min) (500 m). Just before the ruins of a stone house, turn right downhill on the path signposted to the Olbis fountain. The path soon turns into steps that curve from west to east and then to south coming to the Barranc del Tuerto, and, soon after, to the bottom of Barranco dels Racons (1h55min) (380 m). Turn right, walk some twenty meters on a stony bed, and climb back on the path on your left. When you encounter signposts (2h), continue straight ahead for Benimaurell.

At the top (2h30min) (600 m), the path curves right, and comes to a road. On your left you soon find the Olbis fountain (2h35min).


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