Start in the little village of Benimantell, half way up on Gualdalest valley.
From Benimantell we walk down past the water dam of Guadalest towards casa de Gorgues.
From here, we make our way up to El Somo and up to Xortá (1037m), where we are rewarded with breathtaking views of the horseshoe-shaped Guadalest Valley. We then descend along northern slope of Penyó Gelat walking past the region's most ancient Moorish defensive point, known as Castellet. The day ends in Beniardá, where we visit the local olive oil factory, producing award-winning olive oils in small scale. We have the option to wither walk or be transferred to our accommodation in Benimantell. Duration of walk: 8 hours
After a short transfer to Beniardá, we start the day by ascending the spectacular Barranc de la Canal gorge with its two parallel fins of upturned limestone strata leading to Malla del Llop (1360m), from where we can enjoy sweeping views of the Aitana range and even the Valencia Mountains on a clear day.
The descent to Abdet along the western spine of Serrella with views over two valleys makes the long climb worthwhile. Duration of walk: 8½ -9 hours
From the pension we walk along the northern slopes up to the Font de Partagat and then scramble through Pas de la Rabosa, the only natural break on the Aitana, which gives access to the summit from this north side. We have lunch at the Simas limestone fissures, up to 90m deep, situated on a ridge near the summit of Aitana. It is an impressive geological formation and a perfect picnic spot. Weather permitting, it's possible to climb the summit (optional). We make our way down to the village of Sella - possibly the most scenic descent and dramatic views of the whole trek! We stay at a family-run guesthouse, perched a thousand feet up on the slopes of the Aitana peak and under the shelter of the dramatic Puig Campana, with wonderful views, gardens, and great hosts. Duration of walk: 8½ hours
We make our way to Barranc dl Arc, where we access the spectacular limestone peaks and needles of Pena Roc and walk through El Salt down to the Barranc de Sanchet. This area enchants people with its soaring towers and walls of rock all around. Early sunset lights will catch the spine of the jagged Castellets ridge that stretches down to Orxeta. On the way to Sella we discover beautiful 'huertas', green orchards with citrus plantations, vegetable gardens and ancient irrigation channels. Duration of walk: 8 hours
A free day to relax or explore the lovely village of Sella, visiting the hermita (shrine), the Moli de Baix (one of the best preserved water mills of the Mediterranean, just under our guest house!). Alternatively, head for a quiet beach near the town of Villa Joiosa and visit the chocolate museum or sea kayaking or Altea where there are handcraft shops and art galleries (transfers not included).
A fairly tough walk to complete the week - the summit of the Puig Campana (1410m) with a 360° view! Almost all of the peaks and ridges traversed on the previous days may be seen. On the other side the Mediterranean stretches to the horizon. We approach the north face of this mountain along good trails and paths, embarking on a gentle climb passing the Collao del Llamp to the Collao Pouet, the actual base of the mountain. From here, we climb a new footpath on the north face of this spectacular peak, returning to our vehicle by the Sacarest access, over the Castellets. Return by vehicle to Sella. Duration of walk: 7 hours