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serra mariola hike

national parks & ancient villages

Valencia is a mountainous region, with a rich history of culture, civilisation, agriculture and wine making. In the 16th Century its wines were considered to be the best in the world and in recent times are seeing a vibrant rebirth at the forefront of organic winemaking. It is home to some of the finest castles in all of Spain, spectacular National Parks and glorious verdant landscapes unfamiliar to many visitors. The gastronomy is second to none and a warm greeting is guaranteed from people keen to welcome to you to the real Valencia.

hiking week

Our week explores the Vall d'Albaida, Serra Mariola and the surrounding area, as we take you on beautiful walks, through mountains and wine county and into stunning National Parks, to the most scenic villages and historic towns from our countryside base located in the most beautiful corner of Valencia and Alicante. We take time to stop and visit some of the sightseeing highlights and sample the best coffee, restaurants and views to be found anywhere.


The week balances fantastic hiking with visits to historic sites, towns and vineyards.

We also take you to the start of each trail (vehicle transport if required) and collect you at the end of the walk, to return to Casa Sanz for a 3 course post-walk meal with drinks, craft beer and organic wine.

We can tailor the walks in terms of distance and elevation to suit your requirements and fitness levels. 

who is it for?

Weeks arranged for abilities.
Mountain routes can be tough

Wine routes can be easy

Bespoke distance & elevation 

how hard is it?

Difficulty: all 

Daily distance: 6-36 km

Total distance: custom

Daily climbing: custom

Minimum group size: 4

Maximum group size: 8


Bocairent & Covetes del Moros

Agres Convent

Anicent ice caves


Pou Clar

Xativa Castle

Bodega wine tour

Emita Sant Esteve

Hand picked coffee stops

Dinner in fantastic restaurants

dates & prices

2019-2020 Season

Availability from £745

*B&B Only From £55

Per Person Per Night


typical trip overview

Summary of the weeks hiking, daily distances and climbing. Extensions for longer walks are available to add more miles and mountains. We have tourist videos for each destination in our media library

Day 01 Arrival day & welcome reception 

Day 02 bocairent - 15km

Day 03 pou clar - 6km 

Day 04 rest day, hike or sightseeing

Day 05 agres montcabrer - 16km (1-way)

Day 06 xativa castle - 10km

Day 07 sant esteve 10km

Day 08 depart


The itinerary is indicative of the planned week, it may be adapted according to your arrival and departure flights, local conditions, and to the level of the group - enabling hikers to get the best out of their week.​ Guided support and vehicle pick up and return is available. 


day 01: arrival

One of the escapar team will meet you on arrival at the airport and transport you directly to the retreat.

If you are arriving on an early flight and wish to hike, we can recommend easy walks into the Serra Grossa and Serra Ontinyent. It's locally known for good reason as the 'Tuscany of Valencia'. We have many other routes to choose from, if you want something more challenging.

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day 02: bocairent

From the Finca to the historic town of Bocairent over the Serra Ontinyent for lunch. 

You have the option to return to the Finca on foot or we will collect you to relax in the afternoon ahead of dinner in the evening.

Click for official Bocairent tourist information.

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day 03: pou clar

From the Finca to the local beauty spot know and Pou Clar or Pozo Claro. The source of the river Clariano is located nearby and you have the opportunity to bathe in the cold mountain water. This is best reserved for hot summer days!

From Pou Clar we will explore the ancient bridges, historic mountain side mills located where Ontinyent was previously sited before moving further down the val d'Albaida.


Click for official Ontinyent and Pou Clar tourist information.

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day 04: rest day

On the rest day you can choose to put your feet up and relax at the Finca, go sight seeing, walking or perhaps a gentle spin to a Bodega.

We recommend and can arrange the following:

  • Day in Xativa and trip to Xativa Castle 

  • Day trip to Valencia

  • Long walk and lunch in Fontanars

  • Sighting, shopping and Menu del Dia in Ontinyent

  • Train ride through the Serra Mariola to Alcoy

  • Wine testing Bodega visit and trip to Villena


day 05: agres

The most challenging walk of the week takes us to the peak of Montcabrer in the heart of the Serra Mariola via the Cava Gran ice caves. the route is open all year, but ascends to nearly 1300m so appropriate clothing is required in the winter.

We take lunch in Agres Convent, with it's spectacular views of the Serra Mariola and val d'Albaida below.

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day 06: xativa

A wonderful climb from the ancient town Xativa and its imperious castle, sitting atop ridge on Via Augsta road.

Click for official Xativa castle tourist infomation

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day 07: sant esteve

A stunning hike to finish the week, climbing into the Serra Grossa to Hermitage Sant Esteve. The views of the vall d'Albaida and Ontinyent are unequalled and hot days we finish the week with a celebratory picnic within the church grounds.

Click for official Sant Esteve tourist information

what is included?

7 nights accommodation

scheduled airport transfers​

daily room cleaning service

hiking kit wash

swimming pool and towels


the hiking​​

5-days hiking

Support vehicle (as required)

GPX route map files

Wikiloc routes

Organisation of rest day trips

food & drink​​

welcome reception

continental breakfast

coffee & soft drinks

post-hike 3 course meal

restaurant or packed lunches

group dinners

finca paella night

restaurant bookings

restaurant transport

not included


travel insurance

cost of evening meals

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