Hiking and Running
A short morning walk, a more challenging mountain hike, or long running routes for marathon training the northern Costa Blanca and the landscape of Jávea can offer one of the widest and most varying selections of terrain in the Mediterranean area. With La Finca as your starting point, you follow the main road towards Jávea for 150 metres. From there, you head onto the smaller streets, leading you along orange groves and between farmhouses. If you’re looking for a longer running stretch, you can continue on towards the sea and follow the coastal paths towards Cabo de La Nao National Park. Additionally, down by Jávea´s sea port (3 km from La Finca) you’ll find the starting point for the hike up to Cap Sant Antonio nature reserves, a steeply climbing hike with a breathtaking view of the sea.
There are several spectacular nature reserves in Jávea. The closest one is Montgo National Park, which is 753 metres above sea level and visible from La Finca. On clear days, from Montgo’s top, you can see the island of Ibiza to the east. We encourage you to experience the Montgo Challenge, a 5-hour hike or run up and down the mountain.
Cabo de la Nao Nature Reserve, one of the Costa Blanca’s largest ”wilderness areas”, is located slightly south of Arenal Beach. Despite its steep clips, the area is host to several walking paths leading down to the hidden coastal bays. The mountain paths can reach heights of 200 metres above sea level, where you can expect to spot birds such as Meadow Pipit, Sardinian Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Chaffinch, Eurasian Crag Martin, and the Corsican Finch. Cabo de la Nao is also commonly home to Peregrine Falcons and Common Kestrels.
For those looking for longer and more challenging hiking and climbing routes, Costa Blanca’s inland has many alternatives. Places like Vall de Laguar, Vall de Ebo, Bernia, and Tárbena offer hikes ranging from a couple of hours up to several days in length. You can hike through cherry and fruit tree gardens, olive groves, patches of almond trees, deep ravines (Barrancos) and along mountain ridges with views that stretch for miles. You can even explore ancient Iberian settlements and Moorish ruins and discover plants, insects and birds unique to the area. The link below will tell you more about some of the most popular hiking routes.