The Magic Mountain: Monte Arabi

Monte Arabí is a 1,068-meter-tall mountain near a town called Yecla in the region of Murcia. In 1998, it was included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites because of archeological discoveries in the area and its unusual appearance. Traces of human activity in the area date back to over 4,000 years ago, including cave drawings and petroglyphs. Along the mountain trail, there are interesting natural rock formations, as well as one of the most beautiful caves in Spain. Legend has it that a UFO landed there long ago, and that the mountain has a magnetic field to it.

The Salt Trail to Rambla Salada

It’s a journey that takes you along a salt trail to the hot spring Rambla Salada. If you’re feeling lazy, you can do some sightseeing in the town of Cox instead, which features a windmill that is now an ethnographic museum, and a castle with an amazing view of Vega Baja and the sea, or the town of Novelda with its beautiful church and castle. After that, you can go to a Spanish winery. You can also visit an olive oil factory, where they have been producing olive oil for generations. You can’t get this kind of olive oil anywhere else.

The trip starts with a drive through beautiful scenery alongside orange and lemon plantations as you approach the mountain range. It’s not a long drive. After an hour or so, you’ll reach the salt trail in a ravine. The trail takes a few hours to complete, but it isn’t dangerous, and even children over the age of seven should be fine. The trail leads along Roman aqueducts, you climb up and down which makes the trip interesting. The views are amazing, worth stopping to take pictures. After about three hours, you’ll make your way back through the bottom of the ravine. Once you’ve completed the journey, take a rest and go to the nearby pub for some beer or a cosy restaurant for lunch, where you can try the local food and wine. After that, head to Almazara Nazario, where they’ve made some of the highest quality olive oil for generations. Watch a video about how it’s made, or try it for yourself. The last destination of the trip is a winery, where they sell wine straight from the barrel. You can buy a very good five-year-old red wine for the price of €1.6/L. If you’re not sure which kind you want, you can try a sample first.

The Sierra Cati Mountains

The trip to the Sierra Cati mountains includes sightseeing of a salt ravine, for brave people swimming in crystal clear waterfalls water, sightseeing of a dam from 16th century called Pantanet, harvesting wild herbs (thyme, rosemary, oregano), whose real smell you can learn only there, climbing to the Xorret de Cati peak with a breathtaking view over Sierra Maigmo nature reserve, and finally a bath in hot springs with healing water that helps with rheumatism, injuries, skin problems, but it’s also a great peeling for your skin.

The Trail of Windmills and Ice Wells

RUTA DE MOLINOS Y POZOS DE NIEVE

It’s a mountain trip in the colors of autumn. It’s located in Ibi, a town 90 km away. It’s a part of a mountain range that includes Menejador, the sixth highest mountain in Alicante at 1,356 meters. The town is located 755 meters above sea level, so it’s not that difficult to climb. The trail is very wide, and 15 km long. Ibi used to be famous for toys production, and there’s even a museum there now. The trail’s first step is a ravine with windmills, or rather ruins of them. The first of the windmills is close to a lavadero, an ancient place for washing clothes. Other than the windmills, we can see ancient sewage system, at some points hand carved in rocks. Ice wells are deep, circular things which resemble wells that used to be used for storing snow and producing ice.

Following the Ancient Culture: Famous City Cartagena and Its Surroundings

The trip includes a walk around Roman quarry in a town called Las Canteras, cape Cabo Tinoso, and famous army fortifications from the beginning of 20th century like Bateria de los Castillitos, as well as a visit to a fishing village Las Azohia.

Las Canteras, where the quarry is located, is a small town 4 km away from a famous city Cartagena. The quarry served the purpose of digging stone to build the huge Cartagena, which has a famous harbor and a few very famous historical treasures.

You’ll also go to the cape Cabo Tinoso, which is a very popular place in the region of Murcia, where Batería de los Castillitos (also known as C-1) is located. It’s located on the peak of it (approximately 250 meters above sea level), where a narrow, winding road leads. Adrenaline rises and the views are breathtaking. It’s really worth it, since at the top you’ll see fortifications with powerful cannons, which were supposed to prevent people from reaching the harbor of Cartagena.

The trip ends with a choice of either visiting a fishing village Las Azohia, where you can climb a Santa Elena tower, or going for a relaxed walk around beautiful narrow streets of Cartagena with a lot of bars and restaurants, where you can sit for a bit and look at buildings hundreds of years old.

 

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Costs

What we offer is active tourism to free places. The cost is 100 euro for a trip with a guide (for a trip no matter of the number of people). It doesn’t include the costs of transport. You must have your own means of transport, otherwise you can talk to the guide and figure out the transport, but you’ll be charged for the petrol (the cost will depend on how far you’ll be going). There’s a possibility to modify the trips, or include additionally paid attractions (museums and other paid places, traditional dinner in a local Spanish bar, hot springs, amusement parks). In the case of adding such paid attractions, they must have be paid by you for both yourselves and the guide.