Fly to Alicante. Drive to the little village of Benimantell, half way up on Gualdalest valley on the north face of the Aitana Massiff.
From Benimantell we drive to Guadalest water dam and climb on a track to Portet de Castells. From here, we make our way up Penyo Gelat and Penya Alta (1,219m), where we are rewarded with breathtaking views of the horseshoe-shaped Guadalest Valley. We then descend along the northern slope of Morro Blau via the 'Correuero' (or postmans route), passing beneath the ruins of the region's most ancient Moorish defensive point, known as Castellet, en route.
The day ends by walking through avocado and citrus orchards to reach the village of Bolulla, from where we join the short transfer (approx. 35mins) back to Benimantell.
Duration of walk: 7½ hours
After a short transfer to Abdet, we begin by ascending to Pico Serrella (1,323m) and follow the western spine of Serrella to Mallada del Llop (1,361m). We usually stop for a picnic lunch here to take in the sweeping views of the Aitana Range, and even the Valencia Mountains on a clear day.
After lunch we descend the spectacular and remote Barranc de la Canal Gorge with its two parallel fins of upturned limestone strata leading to an abandoned farmhouse at Penyeta de la Hedra. During the last stretch we enjoy pleasant views of terraced olive groves and centenary carob trees, which lead us to the village of Beniarda.
In Beniarda there's time to visit the local olive oil factory, a small scale outfit producing award-winning olive oils. Afterwards we can either walk or be transferred back to our accommodation in Benimantell.
Duration of walk: 8½ 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 and often beautiful sunsets over this fabulous mountain. Duration of walk: 8½ hours
We make our way to Barranc de l'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, visit the chocolate museum, or head to 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 (1,410m) with 360° panoramic views! 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: 8 hours
Transfer to Alicante airport after breakfast. If your flight leaves before the group flight, please note a private transfer from Sella to Alicante airport will be EUR75 (paid locally to taxi driver).