Valenica South

LABYRINTH OF THE FULL MOON

 Area: Canal de Navarrés, Macizo del Caroig, north Alicante province. Route: Sumacàrcer – Navarrés – Bicorp – Anna – Enguera – Moixent. Distance: 120 kilometres. Enter the mountainous heart of the Valencia region where a vast subterranean reservoir feeds verdant forests and a wonderland of lakes, mountain pools and towering cascades.

PITCHFORK CENTRE OF THE WORLD

Area: Valle de Ayora, western Valencia. Route: Picassent – Dos Aguas – Cofrentes – Jalance – Jarfuel – Ayora – Moixent. Distance: 162 kilometres. Enter the land of honey, hearty country stews and long-pronged wooden pitchforks – and take the waters beside an inactive volcano.

PUPPETS, BONFIRES AND CHURCH BELLS

Area: Sierra Grossa, north-west of Benidorm. Route: Canals – Moixent – Ontinyent – Albaida. Distance: 55 kilometres. Visit the highest church bell tower in Valencia, the town with the biggest bonfire fiesta in Spain and a unique puppet museum that hosts the annual International Puppet Fair.

THE WORTHY VALLEY

Area: West of Gandia, northern Costa Blanca. Route: Gandia – Simat de la Valldigna – Carcaixent – Xàtiva – Quatretonda. Distance: 73 kilometres. See one of the splendours of the Valencian region and be awed by an ancient bastion of defence.

FOLLOWING OLD BLUE EYES

Area: Mountains west of Denia in northern Alicante province. Route: Pego – Vall de Ebo – Vall d’Alcala – Castell de Castells – Pego. Distance: 97 kilometres. Take to aromatic hills in search of The Blue-Eyed One, a legendary Moorish leader, delve into enchanting chasms and marvel at Neolithic man’s artistic endeavours.

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