An exciting way to discover the inland areas of Costa Blanca when on popular Alicante holidays is jeep trekking in 4x4s. Take out an expedition tour with a driver and either family or friends, or ideal as well for hen or stag parties and golfing groups looking for an alternative day’s excursion. With their own professional drivers, hire out the Santana Anibal jeeps for an exciting tour of the Alicante badlands, or if you have a driving license the opportunity exists to drive the Suzuki jeeps as long as someone in the group is prepared to drive. Either way it’s an exciting experience of a lifetime, one with excellent photo opportunities and fantastic pictures with more and more beautiful places to visit and see. Travelling past small forgotten villages around picturesque reservoirs, at some point an off-road climb to 1200 metres above sea level where the surrounding area can be seen in all its majestic glory.
After a morning’s excursion the group will no doubt be hungry and in need of sustenance, so take lunch around midday in a traditional Spanish restaurant. The use of the swimming pool is also a possibility; a slight addition for the meal may or may not be required. Before the end of the trek, the guided tour’s last stop is the Algar waterfalls where even on a hot day the water can be extremely cold.
One of the most exciting parts of the guided tour takes the group over the Barranco de Garx, known locally as the “Costa Blanca Grand Canyon” because of its rock formations and canyon like appearance. Nearby other similar canyons, some with flowing water are also popular with tourists that require the action of fast water canoeing, with scenery that the mountainous region of Alicante provides. With the possibility that there is no water, canyoning in Alicante is another of those group sports where it’s ideal for a group of friends, all determined to enjoy the same sport than one where the rest of the family would like to be involved. There are ten canyons in the Alicante area; most of the year they are dry. Canyoning has become tremendously popular recently, finding a way through a canyon with or with water and using ropes and climbing equipment in the driest conditions. While when extremely wet it’s advisable to bring the canoe. Finding the way down is easiest by use of jumping, sliding or abseiling.
Some of the better canyons are Estret de les Penyas or even Barranc de la Mela. Most of the canyons are local to the Algar waterfalls which for those that feel energetic, workouts up and down canyons maybe too much even if it’s using a Jeep. With a steady supply of mountain spring water, the Fuentes del Algar to give it the full Spanish name is just 10 km from Altea, south of Benidorm and north of Alicante. It is not the most clearly signposted place in the world and, like a lot of Spanish towns, the signposts become less and less visible as it is approached so one needs to look for the town of Callosa de’n Sarria. Either of these excursions will make ALICANTE HOLIDAYS, a holiday of a lifetime.