Alicante self guided walking vacation

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Daily departures from September to May
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Responsible tourism: Alicante self guided walking vacation

Environment

Diversifying into rural tourism allows the villagers to develop an income that contributes towards sustaining the rural economy, and in turn, allows the villagers to continue caring for their land and conserves the diversity of flora, fauna and landscape.

The conservation of these biological and landscape values is crucial in an area acknowledged as a European bio-diversity hotspot but that has little, or no, official status or protection.

A walking vacation also has a small carbon footprint and so has little impact on global warming.

Community

Your visit to this area will both make a difference to the local community and the to the environment. Rural depopulation and an aging population structure are slowly eroding the traditional way of life pursued by the inhabitants of these mountain villages for hundreds of years.

Our main aim in promoting this trek is to help provide these villages with an economic alternative that respects cultural and environmental values. In most, farming is the only means of earning a living. However, continuing reductions in crop prices and rising production costs means that it is becoming less and less viable to farm these steep mountains.

Reviews of Alicante self guided walking vacation

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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 26 May 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Walking all day in fantastic and uncrowded scenery. Seeing wild boar, eagles and wild tulips. Staying in wonderful small casas/hotels run by lovely local people. Being fed delicious local food and wine by people who wanted to share their enthusiasm for their area. The satisfaction of walking a circular route over 6 days. Erik's local knowledge and enthusiasm for the area.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you want to go walking in this area then look no further. We have been on walks with bigger operators and this vacation was better organised, more enjoyable, more personal....and lower cost! Think about temperature you will be walking in when booking the vacation. The routes usually give options to shorten or lengthen to tailor it to your fitness level.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I felt that it definitely benefited local people/local economy.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Wonderful experience - well organised and stress free!

Reviewed on 23 Jun 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The scenic beauty of the landscape along the trails, the friendliness of our accommodations hosts.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


I am not sure I have tips to offer. Since our trip was very well organised by Erik. He's knowledge of the area history, culture, landscape and his supporting materials such as maps and GPS tracks is all that was needed to enjoy our hikes. And the food and the accommodation provided by our hosts were all excellent.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, since some of our accommodation were located outside the main tourist areas providing some extra business for them.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent, regarding the quality of Erik service, the selection of the trails and of the accommodations.

Reviewed on 07 Jan 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The Walks everyday were so amazing and varied, it is hard to pick a favorite. Also the food was great, and there was lots
of it. And the hosts were always welcoming and hospitable. I felt I had made a new friend every day.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Book and go as soon as possible.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I felt that I was contributing to the hosts livelihood and that I didn’t have any negative impact on the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was well planned and thought through by Erik and I definitely will be going on another one of his walks.

Reviewed on 16 Mar 2012 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Difficult to choose. Probably the longest day over the "moorland " and then down into the valley where we were dwarfed seemingly on all side by the high mountainous walls surrounding it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


We enjoyed the Almond flowers throughout - it would be a different experience at different times of the year

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


8.5 out of 10.

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2011 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Fantastic scenery in the Sierra Altana - even though there was a fair bit of cloud and rain! The people we met and stayed with were, without exception wonderfully helpful and welcoming! Joaquime in Caossa was an absolute star!

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Use the map as well and the guiding notes. A number of things have changed on the ground so there are places you need to keep your wits about you. There are places where little or no English is spoken so a few basic phrases in Spanish are very helpful.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


All services provided by locally based people in small out of the way villages. The food was very clearly part of the 'normal' diet of the people who lived in the area and was wonderful. Walking routes were all on (by UK standards) very quiet routes so minimal impact in terms of foot path erosion.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Despite the weather being somewhat less good than expected - (a lot of cloud, rain and even thunder!) it was a very relaxing week in an area of stunning scenery and lovely people. The walking was excellent, the wild flowers smashing and the bird life frustratingly difficult to see but I would certainly highly recommend it to others!

Reviewed on 20 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Staying in lovely and different places every night, great hospitality. Walking fantastic with well organised routes.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Go when the weather is not too hot.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes - all accommodation in small places using local people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Fantastic.

Reviewed on 23 May 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The scenery with great views, friendly locals, few tourists, excellent local food, wonderful wild flowers.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Brush up your Spanish to get the most from the vacation altho' some English is spoken by many people. Take a jumper even in May as can be cold at night up in the mountains. Worth spending an extra day/night in Alicante or Valencia.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, provided them with business & income at a quiet time of year. All food was locally produced. We walked everywhere but of course our bags were transported so not totally green.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent.

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