SUCCULENT FRUIT AND PRIZE-WINNING WINES
Area: Vall de Pop, west of Benidorm. Route: Benidorm – Bolulla –Tàrbena – Alcalalí– Xaló (Jalón) – Fontilles – Pedreguer. Distance: 70 kilometres. Taste Valencia’s succulent fruit, the prize-winning wines of the Jalón valley, spicy sausages made to an historic Mallorcan recipe — and enjoy the tranquillity of Spain’s last sanctuary from a terrible scourge.
THE ICE MAN COMETH
Area: Inland towns of the Sierra Mariola, Alicante province. Route: Cocentaina – Agres – Bocairent – Alcoi – Cocentaina. Distance: 66 kilometres. Drive through glorious countryside and discover two medieval gems on a trip that’s short on kilometres but long on history.
HITTING THE HIGH SPOTS
Area: Mountains west of Benidorm, northern Costa Blanca. Route: Benidorm – Callosa d’en Sarrià – Fonts d’Algar – Guadalest – Penáguila – Quatretondeta – Benidorm. Distance: 122 kilometres. Take a dip in a cool mountain stream before anointing yourself with aromatic oils, delve into a latter-day Moorish bazaar, and get lost in a 200-year old maze.
Area: Inland North of Alicante. Route: Aigües – Torremanzanas – Xixona – Busot. Distance: 85 kilometres. Bless the bread in a pagan ritual with the villagers of Torremanzanas and indulge your sweet tooth in Xixona, the home of Spain’s favourite Christmas treat.
TIN TOYS AND KEYS TO THE KINGDOMS
Area: High Vinalopó, Alicante province. Route: Ibi – Banyeres de Mariola – Biar. Distance: 128 kilometres. Mountain beauty combined with mouth-watering cuisine and splendid wines as you travel highlands once the scene of ferocious disputes between Castilla and Aragon.
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