Not every path we could walk with a stroller. And there baby carrier came in handy. Tomek liked it even more because he was able to see surroundings and felt the safe closeness of his parents at the same time. So what did we visit this way?
1. Cala Blanca Bay
The first time we tried with a stroller and failed. This time we reached the place. Unfortunately, the best spots were occupied. We were forced to come back a bit and start a picnic somewhere on the way. Tomek had stone massage, Jurek swam with the crabs and I relished robust Spanish grapes 🙂
2. Cap Prim
A short trip to Prim Cape goes through the dark forest. The trail is very well marked. There are crosses painted on paths leading to nowhere. Nevertheless, we chose them few times on purpose just to explore the greater part of the area. Very enjoyable trip.
3. Els Molins mills and the lighthouse on Sant Antoni Cape
There are several Els Molins mills but we saw only a few because there was no parking space nearby. Mills are built on the hillside just above Xàbia. Therefore the scenery is beautiful. Cap Sant Antoni lies a bit further east. The lighthouse is fenced but the views are great.
4. Cala Baracca and the lighthouse on Cap de la Nau
There are two roads to Baracca Beach. One is easy – by car you can get just off the beach. The other one leads through the hill from the same place that trail to Cap Prim. The short but quite steep route to the beach which we weren’t so much fond of. It was small and surrounded by white buildings. There was not a suitable spot for us so we went back up the hill.
We drove to Cap de la Nau. The lighthouse was fenced like the one on Cap Sant Antoni so we just took few photos and decided to go home.
5. Gobernador peak in Serra Gelada
Serra Gelada range charmed us so much (first time we were there with a stroller) that we went there again. This time to hike up to the peak Gobernador which is 438 m. above sea level. It is maybe not that high but we started practically from the sea level and the hike was almost all the time up the mountain. Furthermore, the sun was shining up in the sky. I was exhausted! I guess the fact that I am a nursing mother is also significant. And the last thing – my shoes. Rather for the city walk than trekking in the mountains. To sum it all, it was hard and I had few moments of doubts. But I don’t give up easily so slowly with breaks every few steps, I reached the top. And it was worth the effort. The view was astounded! We were on the edge of the cliff looking at the sea from one side and Benidorm from the other. And filling my lungs with the vast expanse I felt like on the top of the world.
6. El Castell de Guadalest
Sometimes the destination is not as excellent as the road to it. But on this trip both were extraordinary. Scenic route through the mountains with the sea in the distance led us to the Guadalest Dam. Our real destination was Guadalest Castle but HERE maps were not accurate. Not the first time. But the dam was also quite a view. And from there it took only 5 minutes to the castle. It was built in the rock and is now a popular tourist attraction with plenty of souvenirs shops.
7. Cova Tallada
This was our last trip on holiday although Jurek found this place at the very beginning. At first, we resigned from it because we were afraid the route is too difficult. There were chains along it after all. But… The chains do not always mean that the trail is tough. Sometimes they are useful in bad weather conditions otherwise they are just hanging on the side. We decided to go, ready to retreat at any time.
From the parking, we went into broad plain with few bushes and trees, partially burnt in the recent fire. Then we started down the mountainside till we reached the chains. We were discussing options when three tourists appeared. They went down without hesitation, one of them practically without the help of chains. So I went after them to check is it really so easy. It was, so Jurek and Tomek followed.
After a while, we saw the sign “Cova Tallada” but not the cave itself. Few more chains led to it. Here we took turns. I went first. The most difficult part was to circle the rock without any protection just above the surface of the water. But I saw children and two older ladies who did it so, again, it looked worse than it was. The cave was huge with two sea pools, in which it is possible to swim. In fact, it is possible to swim in the open sea as well, what few better swimmer did. Nature made impressive job there. Jurek went second and took some photos. I stayed with Tomek enjoying the sound of the sea. Satisfied we return to the car.