1. A hidden gem
WeatherThe weather was rainy on day one but cleared for the rest of the week to be warm and sunny and just what we needed to enjoy our walking holiday to the full.
HolidayWe went here in November 2011 and the weather was a little rainy on day one but for the rest of the week the weather cleared and revealed the beautiful setting of this charming little mountain village, nestled in dramatic Spanish mountain scenery.
The village was so quiet and tidy and we found it very easily following the simple instructions the owner gave us.
The pictures of this property don't do it justice. It is really lovely, with tons of character whilst being homely, stylish and charming.
The facilities were great and could not be faulted. So as a place to stay it was wonderful.
There is a secret that Benimaurell has, which we were delighted to find. It has some great walks on its doorstep.
As keen hill walkers / ramblers we were stunned by how wonderful the ridge walk was along the back of the mountains to which we winded our way up an ancient mule track.
The moorish mule tracks of a walk called the 5000 steps started from our front door and zigged and zagged its way down into the Gorge of the "Inferno" (great name).
Honestly, and I mean honestly - we have done thousands of walks and we rated these two walks at least in our top ten, maybe top three of any walks anywhere in the world.
Within an hour's drive are a feast of walking treats and we would thoroughly commend this area for walkers.
It is nothing (NOTHING) like Benidorm - it is rural, mountain natural Spain - where we saw Peregrine Falcons, ancient springs, paths cut over thousands of years, a rather funny Goat Herd (with goats who seemed to ignore his every command!) - wonderful flora (nice crocusses), preying mantis, and wild Flamingos (rather amazingly they live on the salt pan lake in the middle of seaside town called Calp near a great mountain walk we did).
The village itself has several little bars and a nice hotel on top of the hill which did some very nice food (and it was really cheap we thought too).
We found the hypermarket at the bottom of the valley some 25 minutes away really handy for provisions, and found everyone was friendly in the village.
In November it was so quiet that it seemed like we were the only ones around, but we were happy to catch a few refreshing beers in one of the little bars in the village (nice cold beer...mmmm).
So we had a great time, did some great walks and some truly great walks.If you think that we are related to the owners or this is a cheat review, it really isn't. History, charm, and views to die for.
We loved it!
Recommended for: Age 55 , Adventure Seekers, Romantic Getaway
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