From north to south, Spain is full of amazing natural landscapes that is worth discovering, and a good way is through hiking trails that immerse us fully in mountains, forests and canyons. For example, if we are in the province of Alicante, we will find interesting options, such as the dizzying Relleu Footbridges, the Estret de Mascarat route or the Forat de Bèrnia circular path.

If we are looking for a little-known route suitable for all levels in these lands of the Valencian Community, we cannot miss the Els Arcs Route. This simple itinerary leads us, as its name suggests, to some impressive natural stone arches that seem even unreal.


Castalla Castle.


Route of historic castles through a beautiful valley in the heart of Alicante

The Els Arcs Route

The Els Arcs Route runs through the municipality of Castell de Castells, in the Marinel region (north of the province of Alicante). The difficulty is low and is accessible to all levels, with an extension of 8 kilometers and a slope of 220 meters.

Els Arcs.
Els Arcs.

The starting point is a marked dirt road that starts off the CV-752 road, just outside the town of Castell de Castells. From where we will begin to enter the north face of the Sierra de la Xortà. Upon reaching the first kilometer and a half of the route, we will arrive at the Peña Cortadawhere it is worth stopping and enjoying the spectacular views.

We will continue walking along the forest track until the detour that leads to Els Arcs, to finally be able to contemplate this wonder of nature. This enclave enjoys a great geological valueand they were formed billions of years ago with the erosion of water and wind, giving rise to this curious, very particular shape, enormous stone arches with overwhelming dimensions.

Els Arcs.
Els Arcs.

After resting and taking some photographs, we will return to the path until we reach a detour that offers us the possibility of visiting the so-called Aljub del Xarquet, an old water well that supplied the people of the area. To finish, we will only have to complete the last two kilometers to reach the town of Castell de Castells again.


Natural Park of the lagoons of La Mata and Torrevieja.


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How to get to Castell de Castells

He car ride from the city of Alicante and the town of Castell de Castells is approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes along the AP-7.

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