By the information board (610m), take the track that turns southwest to the fortress of Bernia (Fort de Bérnia).
In early spring the blossoming almond trees give a pink hue to the landscape. If you want to spot
marine fossiles, take a path to
the right, when the track
curves left uphill by a pine forest. You can see the quarry on the other side of
the vineyard. Besides fossiles, you find also geologically interesting
mineral aggregates and rocks.
It takes a couple of minutes to walk to the quarry.
The track to the fortress opens up a nice view to the mountain
of Ferrer before turning into a path (30min) (740m), which ascends
gently to a saddle (45min) (820m), where you can climb up a big rock for
better views, if you have a head for hights. The highest
peak of Bernia with its 1126 meters is clearly visible from the saddle.
From the saddle the path slopes to remains of the fortress (47min),
composed of a
number of archs and some buildings. The history and structure of the
fortress are well presented in a number of boards you can find in
different parts of the field. The peaks of Ponoch
and Puig Campana rise in the South.
By the fortress, you have signposts to Casa Mengual and Fonts de Algar. Take
the path for Fonts de Algar - PRV 7. On your left rises the crest
of Bernia. From now on, it is important to pay
attention to the white-yellow waymarks. First you descend to an altitude of 760 meters (1h),
but then you start climbing upwards. Do not go all the way down to the houses
you see below. When you see waymarks to both uphill and downhill, go uphill.
Also further up, it is easy to stray from the right path to one of the narrow
paths market with red arrows. If you lose the well beaten path, look down for
the white and yellow waymarks and a tall tree. Throughout the walk along the stony
path on the southern side of Bernia you have fine views down over the valley and the
east coast. The mountains
of Ponoch and
Puig Campana line the valley in the South.
When you reach a cave (2h) (850m), go in, and crawl through a short tunnel
(some 20 meters) to the northern side of Bernia. Vast areas of Marina Alta open
up before you. You will enjoy views over the towns of Denia, Moraira, Teulada
and Benissa, and to the mountains of Montgo and Ferrer.
Down in the valley you see the group of houses called Cases
de Bernia. Vegetation on the northern side
is more lush. Moist walls are covered with various climbing plants.
The path dips down to fountain of
Bernia (3h) (600m). At the fountain, a
narrow unpaved road curves left. You have a nice view to the mountain of Olta
on your way back to the parking place (3h10min).