Mountain Journeys

Multi-activity holiday, Costa Blanca


Cala Testos - always a pleasure and privilege to visit

It's been another super busy week here, with 6 lovely people visiting us from the chilly North East of England. In search of winter sun and adventure they certainly chose the right place. On this occasion the adventure started a little earlier than intended, at the airport!! A broken aeroplane led to delays and diversions, but thankfully everyone made it to Spain.

We started with a rock climbing session at the nearby Alcalali crags. This was a welcome tonic, to be outdoors, in the sunshine, and touching real rock. To round off the day we took a walk through the local hills around Llosa de Camacho.

Day 2 was a big one! Barranco del Infierno canyon trip. A chilly wind blew today, this helped cool us during the approach walk, but was then thankfully lacking once in the depths of the canyon, perfect. With about 10 abseils into increasingly wonderful scenery, this definitely touched the spot for everyone and I think became the highlight of the holiday.

Day 3 brought along a few aching muscles, so a beach day had been planned. But no ordinary beach. We were heading to Cala Testos via a short canyon descent. As is often the case, the beach was deserted and felt just as paradise should, wonderful in every way.

Thursday brought a mix of activities to make for a true Mountain Journey. Walking from Llosa de Camacho, following trails through the ancient groves over to Font d'axia where we enjoyed an afternoon of rock climbing in the sunshine. We had the whole place to ourselves once more, so only the sound of Bees, Birds, and Owen sending another tough climb!!

Friday comes around too soon again! We spent the day by the coast, rock climbing at Toix crags. About 7 routes in all, including a new addition to the crag, courtesy of Andy Hedgecock. The sun belted down on us today and by mid afternoon we retreated to the ice cream parlours of Calpe, well why not? A walk under the mighty Penon to round off another fantastic week here on Costa Blanca.  

We'd heard of a local medieval market going on today (Saturday), so headed over to check it out. It was pretty special, taking over the whole village, with stalls selling all-sorts, including lots of freshly produced and very likely locally grown food. Geese roaming the streets, Donkeys too. Folk dressed up in medieval costume, and medieval memorabilia on display.
Only a few days left here for us this season, then it's back to the beautiful Lake District and hopefully a long, hot summer in the mountain there 🙂

Thanks to Michael, Andi, Dean, Michelle, Owen, and Robert.



The narrows of Barranco del Infierno


En-route to our Barranco del Infierno adventure


Enjoying the great climbing at Alcalali crag


Climbing in glorious sunshine at Toix crag


Colourful medieval market in Lliber



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