The influence of the Arab civilisation that ruled for many years in Spain is explored in this walking holiday that visits castles, Mozarabic trails, and historic battle sites in remote canyons. We also visit some ancient cave paintings that are a record of the civilisations that inhabited the area more than 8,000 years ago.

Itinerary: this is a typical weeks walking, but it may vary according to weather conditions, etc,

Day 1:  Arrival in Abdet. A short walk around the village (depending on your arrival time), looking at some old mills, anclent irrigation systems built with Moorish technology, and the old wash house (lavadero).

Day 2: Serrella Castle and Summits. Our route follows an ancient mule track that negotiates a hidden canyon and a massive rock arch, it then visits the spectacular ruined Moorish castle perched high on rocky ridge, finally traversing an easy ridge to the summit of Mala de Llop

Day 3: Barranco de Sinc. Witness the amazing vulture colony and the historic castles and watch towers around Alcoy

Day 5: Confrides Castle and Guadalest. The impressive remains of Confrides Castle command extensive views over the whole valley. The 12th Century Moorish village of Guadalest is also explored.

Day 6: Val de Laguart. 5,000 steps on the Mozzarabic trails that lead into the Barranco de Infierno. These Moorish mule trails are the quite incredible and take us down into the depths of a rocky canyon

Day 7: Bernia Summit and through the Ridge. We head to the Bernia peak which lies beyond Guadalest. A superb route with an easy scramble to reaching the rocky East summit. We also visit an unusal Mozarabic fort. Then a natural tunnel through the mountain!

Day 8 - Depart Abdet

As part of the week you are invited to help clear/maintain some local walking paths. This involves clearing collapsed walls and rocks, cutting back fallen trees and thorns, and making signs. This is of course optional and is just for half a day, it's actually great fun!

Dates:  
September 30th - October 7th 2017
December 2nd - 9th 2017

Or any other dates for groups of 3, 4 or 5.

Location: Guadalest Valley (Sierra Serrella & Sierra Aitana), Val de Laguart, Barranco de Malafi, Sierra Mariola

Price: £550 (based on two sharing)

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At a Glance

Price: £550

Grade: Easy

Highlights: mountain scenery, wildlife, geology, historical sites 

What's Included

  Meals (great home cooked nutritious food & great packed lunches)

  Drinks with meals (beer, wine, cordials)

  Expert guiding

  Accommodation in the mountain village of Abdet

  Transport during the week

What's Not  Included

  Flights

  Airport Transfers*

  Drinks or snacks in cafes

* Transfers cost between 10 Euros and 30 Euros depending on arrival time

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