Natural Park of Serra de Mariola walking tour

From 635 €
Places where you can immerse yourself in culture and history, learn about festivities, have the opportunity to experience a multitude of artesanal traditions, music and customs, explore small rural settlements...
Duration 7 days / 6 nights
Availability All year round with departures on Tuesday
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Cycling surface: Foothpath and dirt tracks

This walking tour is carefully designed for you to discover the amazing Natural Park of the Sierra de Mariola. This place is magical due to its rich landscape and culture. On one hand, its forests of pines and oak are dotted with a wide variety of aromatic plants. On the other hand, extensive olive groves, almond trees and vineyards occupy its valleys. In addition, its mountains are the source of rivers that fill its slopes with springs and streams. There are still remains of Iberian settlements, of the Arab civilization and of the commercial activity of the 16th and 19th centuries based on snow.



Day 1:   Arrival in Bocairent
You arrive in Bocairent, a town in the Sierra de Mariola (the Mariola mountain range) Natural Park; an enchanting, mediaeval town perched on a rocky outcrop that will captivate you with its breathtaking views and its narrow, winding, traffic-free streets. You simply must visit the quaint, old town where you can see plentiful evidence of the different cultures that once shaped this place. In addition, Bocairent offers a wide range of gastronomic experiences for you to try. Why not sample some typical local dishes at one of its numerous bars, cafes and restaurants?

Day 2:  Bocairent - circular of the River Vinalopó (14 km) 480m/480m up/down
Leaving Bocairent, you cycle towards the Sierra de Mariola. You head for the Vinalopo River’s source, passing fountains and historic farmhouses that were once inhabited by families who farmed the land. These are surrounded by impressive, old holm oaks. When you reach Toll Blau (the Blue Pool), you can cool off beside pools of crystal-clear water. Next you pass the Font de la Coveta , a spring of crystalline water which is the source of the  important Vinalopó River.

Day 3:  Bocairent – Agres (13 km 645m/581m up/down - 16 km 911m/756m up/down)
Today you leave Bocairent to enter the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park, where you can enjoy impressive views and the tranquillity with which this idyllic place surrounds you. You will pass the Iberian village of "Cabeçó de Mariola", a mysterious place with spectacular views, once inhabited by our ancestors.  Continuing, you come to Alfafara, a small village where you can take some refreshment and visit the old wash place, whose clear but freezing water is still used by locals. Finally, a beautiful path will lead you  into Agres, a village situated in the Natural Park.

Day 4:  Agres - circular of Teixera d’Agres (12 km 780m up/down)
Agres is a charming mountain village with steep streets, clear and fresh water fountains and a beautiful monastery that watches over the whole town from the highest point. The walk follows the botanical path of the Teixera (endemic tree) d’ Agres in the Sierra de Mariola. As we always say, Mariola never leaves anyone indifferent, it is one of the mountain ranges most closely linked to the collective Valencian tradition.

Day 5:  Agres - circular of the caves  (11 km 677m/677m up/down - 17 km 935m/935m up/down)
You  leave Agres and go back into the Natural Park to see the enormous, impressive structures known as “Cavas”. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, a period known as “the Little Ice Age", the weather was colder with much more snow than at present. This explains the reason for the construction of the so-called, "Cavas". They provide the most fascinating archaeological evidence of past, economic exploitation of the Mediterranean mountains. Until the 19th century, “Cavas” were functional constructions, ice houses, built to preserve and store the snow collected during the winter and used as centres from which to distribute it, as necessary, all year round. The presence of ice houses also helps to explain the tradition of  ice cream production in certain areas of Alicante Province.

Day 6:  Agres – Alcoi 15 km 632m/1.052m up/down
The alpine character of the last stage of the tour will surprise you. You set out on a lush path that takes you to Mariola's shelter. From there you can contemplate the majesty of Montcabrer’s peak (1.390 ms.). You approach it, with the option to walk to the summit, if you wish. From there you can see the island of Ibiza on a clear day. You follow the Coll de Sabata, from where you get magnificent views of the surrounding valleys. Finally you enter the Barranc del Cinc, a deep mountain pass with spectacular cliff sides,  that will lead you to the city of Alcoi.

Day 7: Alcoi
After a good breakfast, the trip will be formally over.

This includes

  • 7 nights.
  • 7 Breakfasts buffet style or substantial.
  • Detailed tour documentation: maps of the tour, route description, points of interest (English and Spanish).
  • Transfer from Villena Railway Station to Bocairent (by taxi).
  • Welcome meeting.
  • Local assistance on call.
  • Luggage transfer service between your accommodations.
  • GPS with the files.


PRICES (per person)       


Retail price

Basic price (double/twin)

635 €

Surcharge single room

167 €

Half board X5

128 €




Extra nights

Retail price

Bocairent doble room (Extra days before the route starts)

50 €

Alcoi doble room

44 €

Bocairent surcharge single room (Extra days before the route starts)

34 €

Alcoi  surcharge single room

36 €

These include 3***  and 4**** hotels, charming rural houses or farmsteads and  high-grade B&Bs.


The tour is available all year round (except from 30.06 till  02.09), with departures on Tuesday.


- Children under 5 sharing a room with 2 adults have a discount of 80%.

- Children under 12 sharing a room with 2 adults have a discount of 40%.

- Children under 15 sharing a room with 2 adults have a discount of 25%.

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How to get to Bocairent

  • If you fly to Alicante:

By train: from Alicante  Railway  Station to Villena  Railway Station (45mins. and 10 € per person), where a taxi will be waiting to drive you to Bocairent. You can check the timetables and prices in here.

  • If you fly to València:

By train: from València Railway Station (Estació del Nord) to Villena Railway  Station (1hr. 15mins. and 15€ per person), where a taxi will be waiting to drive you to Bocairent. You can check the timetables and prices in here.


Hotel l'Estació

Hotel l'Estació

An old railway station, converted into a beautiful 3-star hotel in the mediaeval village of Bocairent, from which there are glorious views of the Sierra de Mariola Natural Park. It has a swimming pool, garden and restaurant.

Pensió Mariola

Pensió Mariola

A rural hotel located in the quaint, mountainside village of Agres, in the Natural Park of the Mariolas. Excellent accommodation where you can experience  flavoursome local dishes.

Sercotel Ciutat d'Alcoi

Sercotel Ciutat d'Alcoi

A 4-star hotel located in the centre of lively Alcoi city with its multitude of modernist buildings and a wide range of restaurants in which to enjoy local specialities.

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