Mountain Journeys

Beyond Benidorm – multi activity holiday Costa Blanca


Walking to Les Arcs

​This week we’ve been out with a group of youth workers from the North East of England. Looking to escape the grey drizzle for a few days but wanting much more than a beach and sunbed.
We have the answer. How about: Canyon; climb; mountain walk; canyon; beach; swim; canyon; and climb grap you? Well that’s what Michael, Andy, Dean, and Matt took on and we all had a fantastic time.
After settling in on Monday evening we got straight into activities on Tuesday. The Viudes canyon is a perfect introduction to the fun and varied activity, the best part of it is always the impressive scenery. The canyon leads us straight to a superb climbing venue, and Kate had gone on ahead with the additional gear we needed. Lunch under the shade of olive trees before a couple of climbs on the sharp limestone.
This was all washed down with an afternoon walk to the Les Arcs rock arches near the mountain village of Castell de Castells. Oh and then came the coffee and cake at the mountain café!
On Wednesday Kate led the team over the Sierra del Castell de la Solana (our local mountain here in Llosa). Walking from the doorstep is always nice and allows for a more relaxed start to the day. As well as all the wild flowers on display, they visited two castles and a cave. A cooling breeze helped as the sun was feeling pretty warm today. A tired and satisfied team this evening, well done all.
Thursday and already it’s the final activity day! An easier day is on the cards and that seems to be welcome news for the team. We would go to Cala Testos beach this morning. But remember, this is no beach holiday, and this is no ordinary beach. To arrive requires a canyon descent (or a boat) down numerous fixed ropes far below the towering cliffs of Morro Falqui. The sun beat down and warmed the pebbles on the beach, we sunbathed and swam in the turquoise waters, even some bouldering was enjoyed. Picnic lunch on the beach before an ascent of the same canyon and a return to civilisation. The rest of the day being spent on the crags of Morro Falqui, including an ascent of the fabulously fun ‘Coming Out’ route.
These activities are a small selection of what’s on offer here in the Costa Blanca. If you’ve thought about visiting but are put off by the Benidorm towers, there’s so much more to offer here and it’s all so close by. Or maybe Benidorm is the reason for your visit (it’s actually rather nice, honestly), why not tear yourself away from the beach for a day and let us show you a whole new side to Costa Blanca.
Thanks to Michael, Andy, Dean, and Matt for a fantastic few days. We hope to see you back in the Lakes soon.


The Viudes canyon near Tarbena


Climbing near Tarbena


Excellent limestone climbing near Tarbena


Perfect for swimming - Cala Testos



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