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There are some lovely, scenic walks around Gran Alacant and the local council have spent many thousands of Euros constructing pathways and signage to help you make the most of your walk. Not to be done during the height of summer, but Spring and Autumn produces some gorgeous days when the weather for walking is at its best!
This is a delightful walk for a fine day! However, walking shoes/trainers should be worn as some parts of the walk are stony! It takes an hour of walking to get to Santa Pola from Gran Alacant. From the top of Avenida Escandanavia in Gran Alacant, head for the lighthouse (pictured) or take the 4km straight tarred road that connects the lighthouse to the N332.
Once at the lighthouse, walk back down the road and take the 1st track on the left, signposted Bunker 1.
Follow this track for 100m and it will lead you to the remains of a Spanish Civil War bunker which is worth a look.
Before you continue your walk, retrace your footsteps for a few minutes until you see a sign on the right saying Bateries de Costa.
This will take you on a slight detour of 45m to where you see the two Coastal Artillery Batteries from the Spanish Civil War which are joined by an underground V shaped tunnel and from where you can also take in some great views.
Then return to the Bunker, veer right and follow the path to continue your walk. Alternatively, you can take the 2nd track on the left down from the lighthouse. Initially you are enclosed by pine trees but they will disappear as, dotted at regular intervals, are the aromatic eucalyptus trees planted by long gone farmers! The openness and the silence is worth the walk so far but soon, the view opens out as you see the town.
Ahead, the Torre D'Escaletes/Torre Del Pep awaits and as you descend towards it, take in the view that encompasses the coastline including the island of Tarbaca on your left. From the tower, make your way down the flights of steps to the road. Turn right, walk along a short distance and you will see steps to take you down on to the next road. On turning right again and walking along, you will see two bus stops, cross the road to catch the bus to the town centre. (It follows a one-way route as you will see on the poster.) NOTE - If you would rather avoid taking the steps down then there is an alternate route. From the tower, follow the road to the right which will lead you to walk down the tarred road and round to where you can catch the bus.
Catching The Bus
Enjoy a stroll along the pier looking at the luxury yachts etc, make you way up the street behind and onwards to the bus station, a ten minute walk. Buses from Santa Pola to Gran Alacant generally run every half hour, on the hour and half hour.
You can catch either the Baile Circular Bus or the Gran Alacant Tourist Train, both of which circuit Gran Alacant and alight at the bottom of the hill by the sand dunes. From there you can choose one of the several wooden boardwalks which lead straight down to the beach. Alternately, enter the Clot Del Galvany Nature Reserve on the left. Walk along to the car parking area and turn right by the barbecue area to begin the 1 mile approx circular walk, Route 1. This will lead you through mature palm and eucalyptus trees to a lagoon and a lookout point and back. Should you stay on the bus/train until the next stop at the Carabassi Centre then you can enter the Clot Del Gavany Nature Reserve by another route. Walk approx 400m further along and you will come to another entrance on your right.
This circular 3 mile approx walk, Route 2, can be completed in either direction. It will lead you through different types of flora and fauna and up to the top of a hill which has a lookout and from where you can enjoy some amazing panoramic views! Return by bus or train which will complete the Gran Alacant circuit!
Walk info in collaboration with Dorothy Mitchell