Map for the route (ED50)
GPS waypoints for download (WGS84, gpx)
|How to get there: Drive on the CV 755 to southeast from
Guadalest. Some 1.5 km from Guadalest and 800 meters past the Nou Salat
hotel, turn left and drive down 1.7 km on a pine shaded road, signposted
to the Guadalest reservoir (Embalse de Guadalest) where you find a parking
place. (Roadmap of Marina Baixa)
Start by crossing the dam wall (370 m). After the bridge, turn
left along a paved road signposted to Cumbre Aixorta. The road
lined by flowers ascends gently. On both sides you see almond, olive and
orange groves and pine forests. Sierra de Aixora stretches along to the right.
On the opposite side of the reservoir, on your left, stands Aitana and the castle
of Guadalest. If you take
this walk in January or February the mountain tops of Aixorta,
Serrella and Aitana
might be covered with snow,
while the almond trees are full of white and pink flowers.
Ignore the road that forks right (1h) (395 m),
with signposts to Cumbre Aixorta and Castell de Castells. Keep left and continue
around the reservoir. From the western side of the reservoir you look out to
the dam wall in the east.
After you have crossed a small bridge over the Guadalest river (1h35min) (385 m),
continue left. The road climbs quite sharply to the fountain of Beniarda. Above
the orange groves rises
the mountain range of Aixorta. Continue past a swimming pool on your left,
and soon after that, before reaching the Beniarda
village, turn left on a wide
track (1h42min) (430 m). From this point you have a lovely view to the rock of Ombría
del Castell and the town of Guadalest behind it. 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 (2h30min).