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Faro del Albir bajo la luz de la estrellas
Ruta nocturna, bajo la luz de la luna, en la Serra Gelada
Picaeta productos artesanos y vino DO Alicante
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Under the moonlight

Night walks in Albir lighthouse route

15 €/p.p.
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4h 5km Low 130m

When the sun sets and forms a backdrop to the horizon, everything changes, including our perception. It becomes very distinctive, unknown and even strange. The same is true of our mountains and coastline. As darkness envelops what we can see, the mountains and cliffs reach a magical and mysterious atmosphere.

This summer Oxytours are offering a novel way to enjoy one of the most amazing Costa Blanca’s protected areas, Albir lighthouse route in Serra Gelada Nature Reserve, at night to discover its secrets and hiking through after a “picaeta” of local products and Alicante’s organic white wine.

This place offers it unique story and is home to extraordinary environmental life of great ecological importance, both sea and mountain. Along this excursion you will discover why such species as the Bottlenose dolphin and Posidonia seaplants, which are vital to the Mediterranean conservation exist here. In addition, you will be able to know the astonishing and terrible story of Barbary pirates attacks on the coast of Alicante for centuries.

Through these summer night excursions we will experience nature as never before. A suitable route for all ages, these activities are not to be missed. An activity to be enjoyed with family, friends or maybe both!

Could there be a better way to discover the Costa Blanca?

Details

  • Dates: July. Tuesday 16,23 and 30
  • Dates. August. Tuesday 6, 13 and 20
  • 20:30 "Picaeta" and dinner time
  • 21:00 Start guided route by our guides
  • 00:00 End of the itinerary

Prices by number of people

  • 15 per person. Under 12 years: € 5 (VAT included).

Price includes

  • Guide service in English by expert guides on environmental and cultural heritage of the Costa Blanca.
  • Taste of local products (cheese, cold meat, artichokes) and organic white wine
  • Insurance.

Price not includes

  • Transfers.
  • Dinner of participants.

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Bed in hells gully, Alicante
Stairs in hells gully
Flora in hells gully
Cultural heritage in the valley of Laguar
Cultural heritage in the valley of Laguar
Fields of culture in the Vall de Laguar
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The Devil’s domain

Hells gully

100 €/p.p.
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4h 10km Medium 400m

The first time you access Hell’s gully you feel overcome by a strange sensation, indeed it is almost mystical as the countryside before you appears not to be real. The banks of the dry river bed practically touch each other and an enormous amount of stone blocks appear completely covered in white chalk.

It is almost as if an uncontrollable force of torrential rain has sculpted this great passage, more than 15 kilometres in length. Undoubtedly impressive to both visitors and inhabitants who must have thought it could only be the work of the Devil, the interminable action of its water throughout thousands of years has not only given rise to gullies or ravinesbut also various caves. For example the Rull’s cave, a marvellous example of stalactites and stalagmites.

This custom made excursion by Oxytours will immerse you in the heart of the mountain via its gullies and singular vertical countryside. Before arriving we will stroll through paths of cultivation to later on descend into the gully by a narrow pathway set up by the Arabs.

The gastronomy of this area is in harmony with its villages and inhabitants. Its tranquility rich not only in detail but also delightfully attacking your senses arises from a tradition often lost. In addition you will be able to learn how its cuisine is created as our selected restaurant will demonstrate the traditional cooking methods as carried out by generations of locals and so we take our tables to enjoy our well deserved mouthwatering food.

For this trip your camera is a must!

You will discover all this and more with Oxytours.

Details

  • 08:00-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).

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Snow cave on the north face of Plá de la Casa. Serrella mountain
The Frares of Quatretondeta. Serrella mountain
Endemic flora of the Serrella mountain
Snow cave on the north face of Plá de la Casa. Serrella mountain
Serrella Mountain
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The little Alps of the Costa Blanca

Serrella mountain

100 €/p.p.
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4h 9km High 650m

A mountain of Paradise in the heart of Alicante, Serrella is known as the Little Alps of the Costa Blanca due to its impressive 15 kilometres in length leading to 7 peaks of more than 1.300 metres in height. All in all an authentic mountain range in miniature.

Visiting Serrella is indeed a pleasure for the senses as they are seduced by this mountain. The crystal sound of its waters or the song of Red-billed Chough, the delightful smell of aromatics flowers, the sight of Barbary sheep or even the cold touch of the chalky rocks spectacular blocks of stone known as els Frares (the friars).

This mountain encourages you to enjoy yourself at your leisure. Only in this way will you discover the history that its snow wells narrate, together with the many species of bushes used by ancient inhabitants to cure illness or banish evil spirits.

We continue with this delight of the senses by visiting a specially selected restaurant to enjoy the flavours of traditional gastronomy from this region. Cuisine that has been brought about by a fusion of the various cultures passing through the area and its locally grown produces.

You might wish to extend your day by booking a visit to an olive oil press. This is available at a small extra charge. Here, we will sample its excellent oils which have one won numerous international awards.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *.
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader.
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant.
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey.
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location.

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit.
  • Full guide service throughout.
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Mid morning snack.
  • Personal insurance.

Price not includes

  • Visit at Olive groves (Additional extra. Booking optional).

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Arch of Atanços in Xortà mountain
Rockrose in Xortà mountain
Polley in the Aljub of the Xarquet
Milestone in the Xortà mountains
Xortà mountain
Tárbena sausage
Trail in the Xortà mountain
Tárbena and Guadalest valley
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The arc of Atanços, a wonder of nature

Sierra de Xortà

100 €/p.p.
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3.5/4h 6km Low/Medium 200/405m

Among the great mountains of the Costa Blanca lies a small jewel known as Xorta mountain. Due to its 1.220 metres in height and imposing profile this is often overshadowed by Serrella, Aitana or Bernia mountains.

That is perhaps why its richness is only sampled by these lucky enough to pass through its trails. The arch itself is hidden but soon appears to surprised hikers. Some 20 meters in height with two openings separated by a narrow column which looks as if it is about to fall into the Foies ravine. This is without doubt a natural wonder of great geological and botanical importance.

Let Oxytours take you along almond and olive groves, at the feet of the enormous vertical walls of Xorta. We then ascend to the top (according to the fitness level) giving us exceptional views of Mediterranean sea, Guadalest valley and neighbouring Aitana mountain. Countryside of great beauty immortalised by the exceptional Works of the painter Emilio Varela, one of the most important Alicante artists of the XXth century.

At the end of the hike extraordinary cuisine awaits you. As we visit a restaurant hand selected by Oxytours. Here you will sample traditional flavours which have evolved with time thanks to traditions and new trends preserving the quality of products of this area.

After lunch you might wish to extend your day by booking a visit to an artisan workshop to learn are prepared its famous handmade meat product named Sobrasada.

Details

  • 08:30-09:00 Pick up from your accommodation *.
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader.
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant.
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey.
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location.

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit.
  • Full guide service throughout.
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Mid morning snack.
  • Personal insurance.

Price not includes

  • Artisan workshop handmade meat (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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Puig Campana mountain
Barbary sheep on the mountain of Puig Campana
Ponoig and Racó de Tovaines
Flora from Puig Campana Mountain
Sierra of Aitana from the Puig Campana mountain
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The Giant Roldan’s mountain

Puig Campana mountain

100 €/p.p.
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6.5/7h 15km High 900m

Visible from almost anywhere along the Costa Blanca coastline, Puig Campana emerges as an imposing colossus at a height of 1.410 metres and only 8 kilometres from the Mediterranean sea it draws you like a magnet.

Visitors wonder at Roldan’s cleft, a spectacular cut in the mountain’s silhouette. There are those who say that Roldan’s cleft was created naturally, however legend says otherwise. A giant’s rage and his desperation to protect his loved one caused the cleft hundreds of years ago. It is still said today that at night under the moonlight you can hear Roldan’s sobs among the solitary slopes.

Puig Campana is considered a hiker’s Paradise for those who visit the Costa Blanca can contemplate the best views from its top. Without doubt on this excursion with Oxytours you will discover it is so much more, a place where rare botanical species find shelter, where we can easily observe Barbary sheep and Peregrine hawks amaze you with their spectacular flight.

We will spend approximately 6 hours exploring this imposing mountain, naturally with breaks to recharge our batteries and take in the breathtaking scenery. We shall of course provide snacks and homemade picnic food using delicious products typical of this area.

Roldan’s mountain tells us the tale of Marina Baixa, an agriculture and fishing area which has turned into one of the main tourist destinations. Close to La Nucia, Guadalest and Benidorm with abundant sunshine, unique gastronomy, exceptional environments and a culture legacy which has given rise to this astonishing region.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *.
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader.
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Break for picnic.
  • 18:30 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey.
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location.

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit.
  • Full guide service throughout.
  • Lunch, picnic with traditional dishes.
  • Mid morning snack.
  • Personal insurance.

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Bernia mountain
Stone vantage point at Bernia mountain
Stone vantage point at Bernia mountain
Puig Campana, Ponoig and Aitana from Bernia mountain
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Bernia, the Pirate watchtower

Bernia mountain

100 €/p.p.
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3.5/4h 8km Media 400m

Emerging from the sea is the gigantic Bernia mountain, which stretches as far as the Tarbena valley, reaching 1.129 metres in height.

We invite you to ascend its slope observing the countryside giving unsurpassed views of Marina Alta, Marina Baixa as well as Alicante’s interior. On a clear day we can even see the island of Ibiza.

Its proximity to the sea combined with its altitude makes Bernia one of the greatest diverse habitats, unbelievable species of flora and fauna are found only in this area.

The incredible stone vantage point made up of the mountain, itself and the16th century fortress some 800 metres high, aimed to protect the coastline from the constant pirate attacks which plagued this land as since ancient times.

We visit the remains of this fortress to get to know its story,wild orchidsand the Forat, a natural orifice crossing the mountain from one face to the other offering spectacular views of the entire region.

You will have the opportunity to discover typical Alicante cuisine, famous throughout for its excellence. You may already be familiar with paella, however we invite you to try various other delicacies accompanied by good wine of course!

After lunch you might wish to extend your day by booking a visit to anexcellent bodega in order to sample its exquisite wines and olive oils. This is available at a small extra charge.

In a nutshell: the perfect combination of hiking, nature, history, culture and gastronomy to immerse yourself in the authentic Costa Blanca.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *.
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader.
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant.
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey.
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location.

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit.
  • Full guide service throughout.
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Mid morning snack.
  • Personal insurance.

Price not includes

  • Visit the Bodega (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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Stone arch of the Foradà in the Gallinera Valley
Gallinera Valley, Costa Blanca (Alicante)
Flowers of the Gallinera valley
Flowers of the Gallinera valley
Gallinera Valley
Gallinera Valley. Costa Blanca (Alicante)
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The Forada Arc of stone

Valle de la Gallinera

100 €/p.p.
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3.5/4h 6km Medium 400m

There has always been magic in the air as we explore mountain paths. This sensation is difficult to explain but it’s exactly what is felt as we hike through Penya Foradà.

Our route tell the tale of ancient villages and their inhabitants, working the land and cultivating it opening tiny paths to unite the valleys. The majestic stone arc of Forada spectacularly appears before us, inviting us to scale its 700 metres. Our reward is a unique panorama not to be found elsewhere on the Costa Blanca. Most visitors never will witness its beauty.

In addition, you will discover why this area is included within Natura 2000 Network, an ecological network of European protected areas, thanks to its numerous important environmental values. Among these are rock plants, protected eagles and the Stone arc to name a few. The arc in particular is one of nature’s miracles, twice a year the sun shines through to reveal the now disappeared site of the Franciscan convent in Benitaia.

There is no better way to end the morning than speaking about what you have seen and experienced in these wonderful surroundings while tasting the excellent cuisine. We have selected a restaurant which upholds not only artisan traditions but also the quality of produce found in this unique valley.

To end the trip journey excursion you might wish to extend your day by booking a visit to a Cherry Co-operative. This is available at a small extra charge. Here we will sample their produce, discovering its social and economic important.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *.
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader.
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant.
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey.
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location.

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit.
  • Full guide service throughout.
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Mid morning snack.
  • Personal insurance.

Price not includes

  • Visit to the cherry Co-operative (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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Benissili Castle in the Gallinera Valley
Spring in the castle of Benissili
Gallinera Valley
Benissili Castle in the Gallinera Valley
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The last castles of Al-Azraq, Benissili fortress

Gallinera Valley

100 €/p.p.
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3.5/4h 7km Medium 350m

Located at the western entrance to the valley, the 13th century castleremains, the last Arab bastion in these mountains, stand the test of time majestically dominating this part of the valley.

Oxytours offers you the possibility to know this area through this itinerary which takes in not only the cherry farms but also the once inhabitedIberian remains of Xarpolar.

There are a great deal of elements which allow us to encounter the Valley’s ancient inhabitants, thanks to the chalk ovens or spectacular amphitheatre bench seating.

This area is of great environmental value due to its varied botanical species used in the traditional methods for medicinal or domestic applications.

There is no better way to end the morning than speaking about what you have seen and experienced in this wonderful surroundings while tasting the excellent cuisine. We have selected a restaurant which upholds not only artisan traditions but also the quality of produce found in this unique valley.

To end the trip journey excursion you might wish to extend your day by booking a visit to a Cherry Co-operative. This is available at a small extra charge. Here we will sample their produce, discovering its social and economic important.

Come with us and discover this extraordinary hidden area where you will enjoy spectacular scenery and have the Vizir’s castle at your feet, whole Valleys and even the beauty of the Mediterranean Sea in the background. An experience you will never forget.

An experience you will never forget.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader
  • 11.30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Mid morning snack
  • Personal insurance

Price not includes

  • Visit to the cherry Co-operative (Additional extra. Booking as an option)

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Punta del Albir in the Sierra Helada
Sailing in the Sierra Helada
Bottlenose dolphins in the Sierra Helada
Cliffs and fossil dune in the Sierra Helada
Lighthouse of Albir in the Sierra Helada
Snorkel in Sierra Helada
Touring the Sierra Helada in Catamaran
Sailboat in the Sierra Helada
On a sailboat through the Sierra Helada de Benidorm
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Among dolphins and pirates, the secrets of the cliffs

Serra Gelada Nature Reserve by boat

85 €/p.p.
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4h 45km Low

Only from the sea is it possible to truly appreciate the true wonder of the Serra Gelada terrestrial marine Natural Reserve located between Benidorm, l’Alfàs del Pi and Altea. Oxytours and Rumboaltea Chartercome together to offer you this unique opportunity to experience a guided sailboat pirate tour.

Having embarked in Altea we sail to the feet of its incredible cliffs where we will come across the Serra Gelada flora and fauna, the highest fossil dune in Europe, the greatest presence of Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Valencia region and know the existence of an impressive marine plant named Posidonia oceanica.

Throughout this amazing sailboat route you will discover the chilling history of Piracy on our Mediterranean coast. In particular the Berber pirate attacks which devastated coastal resident life for over 300 years dating back to the 16th century. We will sail along the cliffs and coves of Serra Gelada nature reserve which gave shelter to these thieves, rapists and Kidnappers based in Benidorm, Altea and the rest of Alicante coastline.

We also have the chance to get to know Altea and Benidorm marine birdlife where depending on the time of year it is posible to see various protected species such as Balearic searwather (Puffinus mauretanicus) and Mediterranean searwather (Calonectris diomedea), European storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus), Audouin’s Gull (Ichthyaetus audouinii), Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis) or Northern gannet (Morus bassanus).

We offer you the unique opportunity to board a great sailboat to discover the secrets of the cliffs and enjoy swimming in these fabulous surroundings. This fantastic experience cannot be achieved any other way. What’s more we can provide transport to and from your accommodation if required and lunch in a traditional restaurant at an additional charge.

Without doubt, the best way to discover the Costa Blanca.

Details

  • 10:00 Start marine guided route from the harbour of Altea
  • 11:30 Break for snack on board and swim
  • 14:00 Return to the harbour

Prices by number of people

  • 85 per person. (VAT incl.)(6 people group). 85 € for Mid season (May, June, July, September, October). € 95 in High Season (August). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Exclusive rent of sailboat with skipper service
  • Full guide service throughout. Expert guides on environmental and cultural heritage of the Costa Blanca
  • Insurance
  • Mid morning snack with traditional products (artisan cheese, cold meats, cocas a la pala, fruit) and Alicante's wine

Price not includes

  • Collection from home or accommodation and lunch in a traditional restaurant (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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  • Minimum 2 people, maximum 8. For a different number contact us.
  • Price: 85,00 €
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Peñón de Ifach symbol of the Costa Blanca
Medieval town of Ifach
Cove in the Peñón de Ifach
Teucrium buxifolium subsp. hifacense
Cliffs in the Peñón de Ifach
The Mediterranean Sea from the Peñón de Ifach
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Medieval remains and botanical paradise

Peñon de Ifach Natural Reserve

75 €/p.p.
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3h 3/6km Low/Medium 130/250m

This Natural Reserve in Calp is without doubt one of the landmarks of the Costa Blanca thanks to its unmistakeable silhouette against the Mediterranean due to its steep structure. One of the most visited attractions in the area it is surprisingly not as well known as you would expect.

With Oxytours you can discover its secrets. One main attraction is the existence of medieval remains, the entrance to the old city, its walls and defensive towers, the necropolis and of course the church of our lady of Angels. This site is currently under archaeological excavation and we will see this in progress.

We will hike to a tunnel 180 metres in height and cross the mountain until we reach its peak. On our way we will encounter species of protected vegetation among which we will find the extremely rare Silene de Ifach.

Continuing onto the Peñon peak (according to the fitness level) at 332 metres above sea level from where we can see both north and south of the Costa Blanca as well as the island of Ibiza. An incomparable sight which explains the transformation the province of Alicante has experienced during the last 60 years, making it one of the main tourist destinations in Europe.

great cultural and environmental legacy with a unsurpassed views in 45 hectares of this small Natural Reserve. While it may be small in size it is a giant in possibility offering the richest of experiences.

To end our trip you might wish to extend your day by booking optionally visit a selected restaurant to enjoy the flavours of traditional gastronomy from the Costa Blanca, respecting the original methods used to create exceptional dishes. This is available at a extra charge.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 75 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack

Price not includes

  • Lunch: 5 course traditional lunch (set menu). (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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  • Price: 75,00 €
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Steppe of cereal inland La Mancha
Great bustards in the steppe of La Mancha
Laguna within Albacete
Stonechat inland Alicante
Steppe of cereal inland La Mancha
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The sea of cereals, kingdom of the Great Bustard

La Mancha and Alicante inland areas

120 €/p.p.
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9h 250km Baja 100m

Inland of southeast Spain between the Costa Blanca and its neighbouring región of La Mancha we cross a totally different sea which has little to do with the traditional coast. The wind still creates its waves but on occasion gives us such an intense green which later becomes golden toasted crops.

The inland seas are a spectacular mosaic of cereal fields which are home to among others the Great bustard (Otis tarda), one of the largest birds in Europe, whose nuptial courtship is one of the most amazing seen in nature.

These areas also offer us the chance to see more wonderful birds such as Lesser kestrel (Falco naumanni) which brings up its young in the old abandoned houses of the area. Little bustard (Tetrax tetrax), Pin-tailled sandgrouse (Pterocles alchata), Black-bellied sandgrouse (Pterocles orientalis), Stone curlew (Burhinus oedicnemus) or Calandra lark(Melanocorypha calandra) are all present in this protected birdlife area designated IBA by the European Union.

The great diversity of the environment coupled with high and low salt content lagoons, little woods of Holm oak and pines, cereal fields or cultivation lands enable us to witness the extraordinary gathering of species just a few kilometres from the coast. You will delight in seeing ducks, flamingos, waders or cranes in this exquisite home of birdlife.

We might even be lucky enough to see one of the rarest and most significant European birds, the Spanish Imperial eagle (Aquila adalberti) which uses these fields to hunt for its prey.

We are able to provide you with the necessary prismatic lenses or scope so you can thoroughly enjoy your birdwatching.

Details

  • 07:00-08:00 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 09:00 Start guided birdwatching tour, from the vehicle and walking, by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 120 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Lending of optical equipment for birding

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Flamingo in the salt flats of Santa Pola
Natural reserve Salina de Santa Pola
Sunset in the Laguna de la Mata
Sternula albifrons
Oxyura leucocephala in Costa Blanca
Recurvirostra avosetta in Costa Blanca
Marmaronetta angustirostris in wetland of Alicante
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Birds of the wetlands of the Costa Blanca

Parques Naturales de El Hondo, Santa Pola y La Mata

120 €/p.p.
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9h 90km Low -m

Few places in Spain attract birdwatching enthusiasts like the Costa Blanca. Here its wetlands are bringing together a great number of peculiar species. You will find the most protected species, some of which are in danger of extinction and impossible to find in other parts of Europe.

Oxytours has a wealth of experience in showing these exceptional areas to visitors. The region’s importance has earn its declaration as protected natural places and inclusion in international conventions such as RAMSAR.

By a route which takes in the main marshlands of the region we will observe a great variety of birds in the different seasons, among these we find two of the most threatened species of ducks in Europe such as the Marbled teal (Marmaronetta angustirostris) and White-headed duck (Oxyura leucocephala), the latter being our chosen corporate logo.

We can also admire the slow movement of wading birds as they walk on the water’s surface just like the Flamingo (Phoenicopterus roseus) and the rare Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus), accompanied by Squacco heron (Ardeola ralloides), Purple heron (Ardea purpurea) and we can even have the opportunity to see the spectacular cobalt blue of the Purple gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio).

The close proximity of the coast makes its possible for us to see interesting seabird species that have made nests in these adjacent marshlands, such as the elegant Audouin’s gull (Larus audouinii), Slender-billed gull (Chroicocephalus genei) and Whiskered tern (Clhidonias hybrida). In addition, there are very distinct groups like Collared pranticolle (Glareola pratincola), Bearded tit (Panurus biarmicus), Penduline tit (Remiz pendulinus), Moustached warbler (Acrocephalus melanopogon), Roller(Coracias garrulus) or Bee-eater (Merops apiaster), among others.

If you would like to fully know the marshland species, don’t hesitate to consult our listing and ask us anything you wish.

We are able to provide you with the necessary prismatic lenses or scope so you can thoroughly enjoy your birdwatching.

With Oxytours you can truly discover the aquatic and marine birdlife of the Costa Blanca.

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Details

  • 07:00-8:00 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 9:00 Start birdwatching tour from the vehicle and walking by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 120 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu)
  • Lending of optical equipment for birding

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Wading birds in the Marjal de Pego Oliva
Marjal de Pego Oliva
Marjal de Pego Oliva
Rice field in Pego Oliva Marjal
Marjal de Pego Oliva
Panoramic of the Marjal de Pego Oliva with the Montgó in the background
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Land of water, birthplace of rice

Marshes of Pego – Oliva Natural Reserve

75 €/p.p.
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3h 8km Low 300m

Here in the northern Costa Blanca we find one of the protected natural spaces of the region. A place where water is the absolute protagonist and the cultivation of rice is present in every corner of the culture.

The cultivation of rice was introduced to the region during the Arab period and its story is a passionate one. As you will discover during your visit as we discuss illness associated with wetland areas, its elaboration process or how in the 20th century rice was responsible for feeding children after the Spanish war. We are talking about extremely harsh conditions, exhausting work and incredible effort, something which is difficult to imagine these days.

Obviously rice cultivation has led to haute cuisine and it is no surprise that this area produces one of the varieties most valued by chefs throughout Europe. The Bomba rice is fundamental for the elaboration of many dishes in our gastronomy.

The water of Marjal which for the most part comes from the Gallinera Valley flows with unique power and transparency its extreme quality permitting the existence of important animals and vegetation among which we find water lilies, the little protected fish Samaruc or colonies of herons. We are delighted to be able to show you this legacy.

We will accompany you trhough the canals and lagoons of Marjal discovering its vegetation, birdlife, rice fields and narrating its hidden stories. The place where water decided to leave the earth and flood everything allowing us to enjoy one of the most beautiful and unknown enclaves of the Costa Blanca.

To end our trip you might wish to extend your day by booking optionally visit a selected restaurant to enjoy the flavours of traditional gastronomy from the Costa Blanca, respecting the original methods used to create exceptional dishes. This is available at a extra charge.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 75 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack

Price not includes

  • Lunch: 5 course traditional lunch (set menu). (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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Light of Albir and Peñón de Ifach in the background
Plant growing on the cliff
Whale cave in the Sierra Helada Natural Park
Ocher mine in the Sierra Helada
Ocher in the mines of Albir
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The ochre mines and lighthouse of Albir

Serra Gelada Natural Reserve

75 €/p.p.
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3h 6km Low 110m

The spectacular mountain cliffs include the Serra Gelada Natural Reserve offering more than 6 kilometres of astonishing countryside to take your breath away.

In the extreme north of this mountain we find the Albir Lighthouse, the only one you can access in this region. A gentle slope leads from the beach to the lighthouse moving through beautiful coves and giving breathtaking views of Altea bay and Peñon de Ifach.

Along this excursion you will discover why species such as the Bottlenose dolphin and Posidonia seaplants, which are vital to the Mediterranean conservation exist here. In addition, you will be able to see the unique geological origins of this area.

Visiting the ochre mines or the remains of watchtowers you will be transported back to mediaeval pirate attacks during XV to XVIII centuries.

To end our trip you might wish to extend your day by booking optionally visit a selected restaurant to enjoy the flavours of traditional gastronomyfrom the Costa Blanca, respecting the original methods used to create exceptional dishes. This is available at a extra charge.

Fossil dunes, seabirds, dolphins, unique flora, spectacular views… A suitable route for all ages.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader
  • 11.30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 75 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack

Price not includes

  • Lunch: 5 course traditional lunch (set menu) (Additional extra. Booking optional)
Montcabrer in the Sierra Mariola
Fruit of the yew (taxus baccata)
Benicadell and Sierra of the Safor from the Montcabrer
Cava Gran in Sierra Mariola
Microreserva of flora in Sierra Mariola
Sierra Mariola
Cava Gran and Montcabrer
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Hiking between magical Yews and snow wells

Mariola mountain Natural Reserve

100 €/p.p.
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4h 10km Media 900m

The Costa Blanca mountains tell us hidden stories from time immemorial via their peaks, hills and ravines. One example of this is Mariola mountain, with its amazing cave paintings, created by the original inhabitants more than 10.000 years ago. As well as the castles of the region, they have stood the test of time to tell us the tale of battles between the Kingdoms of Castilla and Aragon.

The importance of its heritage is only comparable to its environmental worth. You will encounter an extraordinary variety of aromatic and medicinal plants, the possibility of witnessing the rare flight of Bonelli’s eagle and Griffon vulture all of which helped the establishment of this Natural Reserve in 2002.

We will take you to the impressive snow wells where you will see exceptionally preserved examples of these constructions such as the Cava Gran. We learn about their function and economic influence during the middle of the 18th century.

We enter a forest of Yew trees discovering why European mythology considered the Yew as the most magical of trees. Considered as the oldest species in Europe, with more than 3.000 years of age and its incredible properties you will be enchanted.

We finish our hike by ascending Mont Cabrer, the mountains peak at 1.390 metres high. From here you will have the most extraordinary panoramic views.

We move to a specially selected restaurant where delicious mountain cuisine awaits you. You meal will be prepared using traditional methods and locally grown produce plus an excellent wine list, of course!

Last but by no means least on our return trip you might wish to extend your day by booking a visit to an olive oil press. This is available at a small extra charge. Here we will visit olive groves for a tasting session of its international award winning oils.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader
  • 11:30 Break for snack
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey
  • * Exact time to be determined depending of your location

Prices by number of people

  • 100 by person. (VAT incl.)(4 to 8 people groups). Check price for a different number of participants.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit
  • Full guide service throughout
  • Personal insurance
  • Mid morning snack
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu)

Price not includes

  • Visit at Olive groves (Additional extra. Booking optional)

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Castle of Benissili
Street of one of the villages of the Vall de Gallinera
Gastronomy of La Vall de Gallinera
Stone laundry in La Vall de Gallinera
Gastronomy of La Vall de Gallinera on the Costa Blanca
The Valley of Gallinera
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The last castles of Al-Azraq. Gallinera fortress

Gallinera Valley

100 €/p.p.
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3.5 / 4h 8km Low 300m

Cada paso dado en estas montañas le transportará a tiempos remotos, cuando sus antiguos pobladores excavaron y afianzaron los senderos que unían sus poblados y que aún hoy se conservan. Una tierra orgullosa de sus orígenes donde fueron constantes las batallas y luchas por cada Castillo, por cada rincón del valle. Las fuentes y manantiales aún cuentan la vida de Al-Azraq, el ultimo visir moro de Valencia que luchó por estas tierras contra el rey cristiano Jaume I en el siglo XIII.

Caminará por sus senderos descubriendo un valle fértil y acogedor que alberga un excepcional patrimonio ambiental y cultural que incluye especies botánicas endémicas únicas en el mundo o abrigos con muestras de arte rupestre Neolítico declaradas Patrimonio de la Humanidad por la Unesco en 1988.

Actualmente, el cultivo del cerezo es la base de la economía de la zona y en primavera la espectacular floración tiñe de blanco el valle. Pero todo el año es posible disfrutar de este valle a través de sus caminos o admirando los restos del castillo de Gallinera, una de las últimas fortalezas de Al-Azraq, que resistió como pocos en el Mediterráneo la conquista cristiana y que aún hoy, 800 años después, exhibe orgullosos sus restos.

No hay mejor manera de acabar la mañana que hablando de lo visto y vivido en la montaña alrededor de una buena mesa. Para ello Oxytours ha seleccionado un restaurante en la zona en el que tendrá la oportunidad de degustar la excelente gastronomía del lugar donde la tradición de siglos, la calidad de los productos locales y el trabajo pausado en la cocina ofrecen como resultado platos con personalidad propia, como la de cada rincón de este valle.

Como opción para finalizar la jornada podrá contratar la visita a las instalaciones de una cooperativa de cerezas donde, además de realizar una degustación de sus productos, descubriremos la importancia económica y social de su cultivo para el valle.

Un valle increíble. Descúbralo con Oxytours.

Details

  • 08:30-09:30 Pick up from your accommodation *.
  • 10:00 Start guided hike by our Tour leader.
  • 11:30 Break for snack.
  • 14:00 Lunch at our selected restaurant.
  • 18:00 Transfer to accommodation of client and end of the journey.

Prices by number of people

  • 100 * Exact time to be determined depending of your location.

Price includes

  • Transfers from your accommodation to the area to visit.
  • Full guide service throughout.
  • 5 course traditional lunch (set menu).
  • Personal insurance.

Price not includes

  • Visit to the cherry Co-operative (Additional extra. Booking as an option)

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