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.