Hiking in Orihuela Costa
The municipal district of Orihuela, surrounded by the mountains of Orihuela and Hurchillo, has various natural landscapes in which it is possible to practice hiking through short routes, which are perfectly designed. From the peaks of these mountains, a magnificent panoramic view of the Vega Baja region becomes the focal point of the moment.
This area declared of cultural interest lies to the northeast corner of the town, it's near to the neighborhood of San Anton and at the base of San Miguel Mount next to the Sierra de Orihuela and the Cerro de Oriolet.
The site presents a landscape contrast for its palm grove and the steep grounds that surround it. The origin of this peculiar spot and its beauty goes back to the Islamic period, leaving in heritage archaeological sites such as the castle next to the peak of San Miguel, from which you can see the Segura River.
The hiker can access this route via Collado de Oriolet.
SIERRA DE HURCHILLO
This mountain range is nestled between the towns of Arneva and Hurchillo and is one of the most important characteristics located to the right bank of the Segura River.
In this landscape dominated by cliffs, strange rocks appear with wavy marks that reflect the footprint of the marine currents. The sandstone and limestone fossils are dominating features.
The route through this area leads to the top of the Sierra de Hurchillo on which the television and mobile phone receptors are located.
To the right of the cemetery, in Hurchillo, you should take the tarmaced road and when you reach the river transfer, cross the bridge, entering into an area dominated by pine trees, which will continue for the rest of the journey to the top of the hill. Once you have reached the peak, you can take in the views of the Segura valley and on sunny days the river mouth.
Lenght: 3 km
Duration: 45 min
Dificulty level: Low
VISTA DE PAJARO – MONTE DE SAN MIGUEL
This route runs through part of an ancient Islamic pathway which connects to the Diocesan Seminary of San Isidro. From this spot, via Collado Oriolet, we reach the Palm Grove of Orihuela which is situated in the San Anton's neighborhood.
Along the route we will visit the old town with the churches of Monserrate and Santiago, as well as the famous neighborhood of Rabaloche and Las Espenetas Mount. By taking the path on the West slope of the mount, you can also see the contact between the sediments of the lower part of the Sierra de Orihuela and the alluvial plain of the Segura River.
Lenght: 1 km
Duration: 30 min
Dificulty level: Low
SOTOS DEL RIO
The Segura River begins its journey in Orihuela, close to the spot Las Norias and runs about 40 km until it reaches the river mouth in Guardamar del Segura. The route passes through the Huerta of Orihuela following the riverbed of the river Segura.
Throughout the trip, the hiker can contemplate the beautiful mountain range scenery with its great peaks from left to right.
A feasible route that emerges between the summits is the Pico de Aguila (Eagles Point), which runs between the rock of Orihuela (633 meters) and the Cross of the Grindstone (464 meters). This is the dividing spot between Las Norias at the end of the province of Murcia and you follow the path to the right side of the river, except in the stretches between the water transfer pipes and the town of Orihuela.
Longitud: 10 km
Duración: 3 hours
CRUZ DE LA MUELA
A prominent uneven mountain range that contrasts with the plains of the Segura River. Its highest point is the rock of Orihuela but the Cruz de la Muela is also of importance. .
The route begins at the Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Pilar. To reach this point, the hiker takes the Orihuela road to Santomera (CV-868). From here, walk over to the Montepinar urbanization and turn right by the Carril de las Murcias. Reaching La Coruña Street, go right and continue through Orense Street, where you then go left and walk to the end. Immediately cross the Alicante Street where you arrive at a small ravine where the route continues.
From Montepinar urbanization you ascend the indicated path. It runs through the northern part of the mountain range to reach a base where there is a sign that indicates the location, Punto II de Senda la Muela. Five minutes later, it reaches the Cruz de la Muela, which is recognized by an enormous metal cross at the top.
Next, is the commencement of the Cruz de la Muela – Peña de Orihuela section. For this, the hiker returns to the base and continues along the ridge in a westerly direction towards the Peña de Orihuela. Further on, the trail splits and the hiker takes the path on the left to descend to the south of the mountain range and finds the sign Paso del Gato, quite an uneven and steep area in which the hiker has to climb in order to ascend. After this area, the path forks again and the hiker branches off to the left and ascends again until he reaches the ravine of La Sendas, which he later descends. Now, the hiker carries on along the path until the Peña de Orihuela or Leja Millamon, the highest point of the tour with 634 meters.
To return to the starting point of the route, we descend the crossroads of the ravine Las Sendas. The path filled with pine trees, surrounds the ravine until you reach a track cultivated with orange and lemon trees. Finally, after passing through several irrigation ponds, we reach the sanctuary again.
Lenght: 17,1 km
Duration: 5 hours
Dificulty level: High
SALINAS DE LA MATA (TORREVIEJA)
The route begins at the car park of the Nature Reserves visitors centre, situated in the old forest house in the district of La Mata (Torrevieja), which is located at point 64.5 km of the Alicante-Cartagena road.
It is recommended that you go into the visitors center to develop a better understanding of the area which you are about to explore, because there is a wide range of information available. After the visit, the journey commences in a westerly direction by the so-called wine route as it runs between old vineyards. After a short while, you come to a junction between the vineyards and turn right taking the path filled with eucalyptus trees.
The route continues north on a dirt track which descends slightly, seeking the shade of the eucalyptus. After a short while, we reach the Canal de Las Salinas or El Acequion, where the sea water from the beach of Torrelamata enters. On reaching the canal, we turn left in a south-westerly direction, giving almost half a turn. At this point the road runs very close to the salt flats and from the viewpoint Mirador de la Cigüeñuela. The hiker is completely absorbed in the beauty and silence which the area transmits, contemplating the vegetation and waterfowl.
After taking in the views, we return in a westerly direction. The next stop is La Pinada, an area filled with pine trees where there is a picnic area and a view point. The journey then continues toward the next observatory, El Zampullín, a trail that passes through a mini reservation of flora and another view point very close to the edge of the lagoon.
Finally, the hiker arrives at the Canal de Las Salinas, which connects the lagoon La Mata with the one of Torrevieja (very close by is the CV-905 road next to a roundabout). If you have a car, the route ends here. On the other hand, it is possible to return via the same route or opt for the trail which skirts to the right and runs through the houses of the El Chaparral district.
At the end of the pine grove you take the direction to the left and after passing the cemetery, you arrive at the visitor's centre, the place where your journey started.
Lenght: 13,6 km
Duration: 4 hours
Dificulty level: Low
TOURIST INFO ORIHUELA COSTA
Tel. (+34) 96 676 00 00
TOURIST INFO OF TORREVIEJA
Tel: (+34) 96 570 34 33