WALKS AND HIKES AROUND MORAIRA
Not everything revolves around the beach in Moraira ! The area is actually a hiking paradise and draws thousands of hiking aficionados every year. The most famous is, of course, the Peñon de Ifach hike in Calpe but there are many other more accessible options available. Moraira’s town hall often organizes free guided hikes if you don’t feel comfortable walking on your own, so keep an eye on their website (Click here).
Take a look at our Guide of Hikes around Moraira
* NB : Forrest fires are a real threat in our area, as recent examples on el Montgo and Cumbre del Sol have shown us. Never light any fire without a townhall permit and never dispose of cigarettes stubs on hiking trails.
Torre de la Vigia
Start this hike at Portet Beach and go up on the right side. There are signs on the road to guide you. You will get to the Torre de la Vigia, a military defense system build in 1553 by the Maqueda Count, to protect the coast against pirates. This tower is one of the many built along the coast, other examples were found near Ifach and Granadella. You’ll notice that the tower doesn’t have a door! There was always a sentinel in the tower and he would throw a rope ladder to whoever wanted to access the tower.
You will enjoy fantastic views on Moraira and Calpe from the top. On good days you can even see Ibiza in the distance.
Duration : About 1 hour
Level : Beginner Friendly
This eco-trail runs along Benissa’s coastline and offers wonderful views on the Peñon d’Ifach. This hikes starts off on Fustera Beach and ends in Calpe at the top of the Fossa Beach. The area is protected, as it is home to local flora and fauna. It’s a very attractive and easy walk and can be enjoyed by both parents and children.
On your way, you will come across the small Bassetes Marina. There are 2 bar/restaurants if you fancy a drink and they also offer SUP and kayak rentals. If you want to keep walking to Calpe, take the path on the right side.
Duration : 2h
Level : Beginner
Details : If you want to only do the hike one way, you can come back to Moraira on the bus ( Ifach bus). It stops in Calpe and at the top of the Fustera Beach
El Peñon de Calpe
This is one of the most emblematic hiking routes of the area. We do not recommend this route for children or if you are not in good shape. Some parts are very steep and have to be crossed holding a rope. The total hike is about 7 km with 305 m height difference.
Although this hike is a little more difficult, the views at the top are absolutely worth the effort.
Duration: 3 h
Details: Pack good shoes, plenty of water and a little jacket ( it can be very windy at the top of the mountain)
Cabo de San Antonio
Start this hike in Jave’as Marina (There is free parking ). Find the path that goes up at the end of the Parking, direction Cabo San Antonio. This part is the hardest as it is quite rocky and steep. Unfortunately, part of the mountain was devastated during a forest fire a few years ago, although trees are slowly growing back. You will then get to the San Antonio lighthouse where you can enjoy the fantastic view over Javea’s Bay and the Cumbre del Sol on your right. Follow the path that will take you to the “Molis de la Plana”, the old windmills. The windmills were built during the XVIII century. This is another great viewpoint, with exceptional views on Javea and the valley.
Duration : 2h
Level : Beginner – Intermediate
Coll de Rates
Discover a different side of the Marina Alta ! Charming villages and dramatic scenery are awaiting you on this unique trail. Start your journey in Alcalali ( there are many signs to guide you along the way). You will then cross almond and orange tree fields, a historic hermitage, and picturesque traditional houses.
There are 2 different routes, you can choose depending on your fitness level. The first one is a circular route in the almond tree fields. The second one goes up the mountain to reach the Coll de Rates restaurant at the top.
You will be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views of the Jalon valley at the end of your hike.
Duration : 3 hours
Level : Intermediate
Barranc de la viuda
Discover Benitatchell’s coastline and numerous caves! The total journey takes about 3-4 hours and is of intermediate levels. We do not recommend it to families with young children as some parts have to be navigated with care.
The hike starts in Moraira, on Camino de la Viuda ( look for the signs). You will then walk along the Barranco de la Viuda until you reach the Llebeig Beach. Follow the “Ruta de los Acantilados” trail until you reach the Arc Cave and the Moraig Beach.
Duration : 2-3 hours
Level : Intermediate