I am writing this review in January, with rain outside and in the wettest winter for ages. So any book that is going to inspire me to go hiking in the sun is going to get my thumbs up. I have made numerous climbing trips to the Costa Blanca and my walking has usually been a bit of a stab in the dark, usually ending up getting ridiculously lost or a short walk as I didn’t have a map.
This handy guide should remedy that as Terry Fletcher has produced a great little guide that will easily fit into my pack and provide plenty of excitement if I want it. If you are a holiday maker and don’t venture far from the coast when you are visiting Spain you are missing out on a real experience and Spain has so much to offer. I have never been disappointed with what Spain has to offer in its mountains and Spain is more mountainous than you would realise with many summits much higher than you will find in the UK.
Spain is actually well crisscrossed with well waymarked footpaths and hiking is a popular Spanish activity so have an English language guide is well worth the investment. The Walking on the Costa Blanca guide has all the information you will need to spend a few days in the mountains whilst on holiday or a more sustained walking trip. Most of the walks are a short drive away from the coast or you could plan a circuit of several days, staying in casas rurales or pensions. I’ve stayed in some great places in time with fantastic service and food for modest prices. Terry supplies information on where to base yourself.
The walks are based around areas, so if you are using the main tourist bases of Benidorm or Calpe you will find the majority of the walks within striking distance. For those who want even more solitude then there are walks described in the North and West where you would have to find accommodation.
Each walk has a well detailed description and map, although this shouldn’t be substituted for a proper map. The information box at the beginning of the description offers all the information you will need in order to select whether it is suitable for you to do. It offers length, time, difficulty as well as access, parking and height gain. So plenty of information at a glance before you delve into the description proper.
The actual descriptions are very detailed, with accompanying photos and notes that enable you to complete the walk safely as well as enjoying the history and scenery. The prose is easy reading and practical in its descriptions, rightly leaving you to explore for yourself the beauty of your surroundings. If you do come across some wildlife or an interesting plant then there is some information at the beginning of the guide to help in your identification.
So, Walking on the Costa Blanca is a great guide. It is well written, informative and at £14.95 is an inexpensive accompaniment to any holiday in the region, as you can’t really spend all week on beach can you?
Available in all good bookstores and from Cicerone