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Not everything in Benidorm is sun, beach and / or nightlife. There are also natural places with great wealth, both landscape and ecological. Either in the vicinity of Benidorm or in its surroundings, we can find corners where you can walk or relax like these. That is why we are going to talk about the Natural Park of 'Serra Gelada' or 'Sierra Helada' .

 

Geologically speaking, the 'Sierra Helada' constitutes a small mountainous alignment of Northeast - Southwest orientation that separates the bays of Benidorm and Altea. It is characterized by its asymmetrical profile along its 6 km length . Its southeast flank forms an impressive rugged coastline, while the northwest flank shows a much smoother slope, strongly dissected by the drainage network. The highest point is the 'Alto del Gobernador' where radio antennas are located with 430 meters of altitude.

 

The area of ​​'Serra Gelada' has been considered a Natural Park of the Valencian Community since 2005 (being the first maritime park in the Community). It is formed by an impressive relief that rises abruptly from the plain between Benidorm and Alfaz del Pi. In the mountains, steep cliffs can be formed up to more than 300 meters high and contains vegetation of exceptional value, such as the interesting hanging fossil dune and the peculiar vegetation that colonizes it.

In addition, the mountain range shares several unique species with the neighboring Peñón de Ifach, a natural park in neighboring Calpe, having two micro-reserves of flora.

 

The cliff creates a unique landscape , with its fractures, among which the fallas of Punta de la Escaleta and Punta del Albir stand out. The presence of eolianites and fossil dunes, the caves, in particular the Boca de la Balena, and the paleontological deposits and fossil traces distributed by the Cretaceous column of the mountain range. Also of interest are the caves of karst origin that open along the mountain range, among which it is worth highlighting the cave of Faro del Albir, recently explored and notable for the presence of stalactites and stalagmites inside. There is also the Torre de les Caletes, located at Punta de les Caletes in Benidorm, which has been of great importance for many years and is currently pending rehabilitation.

 

 

 

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1.3 sierra helada route

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The longest and hardest of all if you go on foot, but you can do it both on foot, by vehicle or bicycle. Tour the Natural Park from one end to the other ; only the one way is 8.4 km. And you can start it both from El Albir and from Benidorm , since this route connects both towns .

If you leave from Benidorm, you can start it as the first route, from the Levante area. It is marked with white and yellow signs from the Rincón de Loix Tourist Information point , located at the intersection of Calle Gerona and Avenida Derramador. From this point we will head towards the Sierra through Gerona Street, and then turn towards the beach through Avenida de L'Ametlla de Mar.

Once en route, on the way up we can head to the right to a viewpoint, from where we will have an excellent panoramic view of the cliffs or continue climbing to the left, where the end of the road will lead us to a small path that will take us to the famous Cross , an iconic point in Benidorm, whose story we will tell you in this other post , and where it is worth making a stop along the way to contemplate the beautiful Benidorm skyline. ( The road to Cruz de Benidorm can already be considered as a proper route, but we have included it as part of the complete route like El Faro del Albir ).

 

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After this we can continue towards the 'path of the antennas' (named after the antennas installed there), always signposted, guiding us along the edge of the Sierra until we reach the highest point of the Park, the ' Alt del Governador 'or' Alto del Gobernador ', with 440 meters of height and where several telecommunications antennas of. From here you can appreciate almost everything, including the 'Illa Mitjana' and the 'Puig Campana'.

 

The descent is a "winding" path until we reach the Albir Lighthouse Route , which once completed we could say that we have made the journey.

 

You can find these routes and many others in 'Google Maps' or in 'Wikiloc', a portal where you can search for outdoor routes all over the world. We leave you the link of this last Sierra Helada Route:

 

https://es.wikiloc.com/rutas-hiking/serra-gelada-sierra-helada-26112015-11504888

 

Whether on vacation or not, if you want to spend a perfect day with nature and the sea as a setting, enjoy unique views, sunbathe or simply clear your mind, this is a plan that we advise you very seriously.

 

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