ROUTE OF THE CASTLES
Area: Valley of the Vinalopó, west of Alicante. Route: Alicante – Novelda – Monòver – Elda – Petrer – Sax – Villena – Castilla. Distance: 142 kilometres. Trace the necklace of castles that kept warring Aragonese and Castilians apart, raise your eyebrows at a bizarre shrine and admire a copy of the world’s most expensive shoes.
ALICANTE’S LUNAR LANDSCAPE
Area: Inland southwest Alicante Route: Alicante – Santa Eulalia – Pinoso – Baños de Fortuna – Abanilla. Distance: 135 kilometres. Visit a semi-deserted village with a murderous past and wallow in the warm waters of a natural spring on an excursion that passes through Alicante’s wine-producing hinterland.
SEA OF PALMS
Area: Southwest of Alicante city. Route: Elche – Aspe – Novelda. Distance: 42 kilometres. Stroll through Europe’s largest palm forest which provides the white fronds used in Easter celebrations all over the world, and marvel at how the other half lived at the turn of the 20th century.
BUTTERFLY MAIDS AND PAINTED PIGEONS
Area: West of Torrevieja. Route: Torrevieja – Orihuela – Murcia – Archena – Abanilla. Distance: 119 kilometres. Visit a fabulously decorated old-time casino to see the butterfly maidens and dance a polka, then drive through the arid south to wallow in medicinal mud.
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