Views of the Albir and Altea halfway up
What reason do many of my friends have when they tell me that it is a shame that I know places so far away, and yet I don't know the many beauties that exist a few kilometers away from my hometown, Alicante. And sometimes it is not necessary to take a plane and change the country or continent to enjoy beautiful landscapes and enriching experiences.
Last weekend we took the car and drove just 45 kilometers from the center of Alicante to spend the day in the Serra Gelada (Sierra Frost), very close to another of the wonders of the area, the Rock of Ifach.
This mountainous formation that seems to emerge from the sea abruptly to die a few kilometers later, is one of the most visited Natural Parks in Spain. Its secrets to reach such a high privilege are two: its scenic beauty and being located in one of the most tourist areas of the Community, between Benidorm and Albir beach (Alfaz del Pi, Alicante).
To arrive from Alicante You can choose to take the N-332 North direction (taking Benidorm as a reference) or the A-7, payment option. If you are not in a hurry, I recommend the N-332, which borders the coast and you can stop at other picturesque places in the area such as Villajoyosa or beautiful coves such as La Coveta Fumà or Finestrat. After entering Benidorm you just have to follow direction Albir Beaches and, once there, take the road to Albir Lighthouse, which is clearly marked.
The cliffs we saw after climbing to the communication towers
Last Sunday was the third time in my life that I visited Serra Gelada. On the previous two occasions he had taken the path that dismembers to the right of the main road and climbs, steeply, to the communication towers that crown one of the highest points.
That path does not require technical conditions but it does have an important slope and will make you sweat with jets on a hot day like the one that closed the month of August.
In February of last year I took this route with my great friend Manu. After an initial gentle ascent under the branches of the white pines that populate the skirt of the mountain, we went out to a bright sun that would accompany us on the ascent of the biggest slopes that would come later. Once the communications tower is reached, it is simply about continuing to walk closer or further away from the ledge, in the direction of Benidorm. We wanted to get as close as possible to the East limit and contemplate theScarpados cliffs up to 300 meters high that mark that side. The views are really spectacular.
The complete route to the other end is about 6-7 kilometers.
Aerial view of the cove that we found on the way to the lighthouse