This stage begins in Sella, surrounded by a beautiful mountain setting: Aitana, Puig Campana, El Cabeçó d'Or and Castellet. We leave the Marina Baja to enter l'Alacantí and continue discovering beautiful environments and spots in the province of Alicante, such as the municipality of Torremanzanas and its surroundings.
We set off from Sella towards Relleu and after crossing the river Sella we come to a continuously upward sloping path, next to staggered terraces of almond trees. At the start of the path we can see explanatory panels about the 'Water Route', a small local trail that reveals the advanced agricultural and irrigation methods that the Arabs knew how to work.
In just over 2 kilometres we will have climbed high enough to see from here wonderful views of the Puig Campana or the Island of Benidorm, as well as a charming view of the municipality of Sella under the Aitana mountain range. If we undertake this stage at the beginning of the year we will enjoy the spectacle of the almond trees in blossom, because the route runs alongside endless terraces of this characteristic Mediterranean tree.
We start the descent to Relleu along a pretty and quiet path, also between terraces, that takes us to the municipality through its northern area. We go through this small town skirting around the castle, which stands on the hill overlooking the town. In front of the wash house, we will leave the municipality by the river Amadorio.
This stage coincides in some sections with one of the stages of the south- eastern pilgrimage route to Santiago, so in some stretches we will see the signposts for this.
We cross the river to begin the ascent by a dirt path bordering the Penya del Figueret, a territory of eagles, owls and hawks.
This track starts to climb, reaching its summit at 957 metres above sea level.
We are in the Grana range, locked between the town of Torremanzanas and the imposing Sierra del Cabeçó d'Or.
We cross the Surca ravine and once again along a path with terraces of almond trees we will reach the Relleu road, which we will cross and continue through the Teix district that runs through pine trees to our destination, the municipality of Torremanzanas.
It has buildings of historical and architectural interest, such as the
house, the medieval mill, "masos" or farm estates, Casa Balde and La Vallonga. The
museum, where we can see the archaeological remains found in the town.
It has buildings of architectural and cultural interest such as the
Santa Ana, the Pou de la Neu and
House that houses the
Ethnological Museum, as well as prehistoric remains such as
Relleu, surrounded by the Cabeçó l'Or, La Grana and Aguilar mountain ranges. Torremanzanas, among the mountains of Els Plans and Rentonar, the Sierra de Penáguila, La Grana and Monteagut.
From Relleu there are routes for hikers, such as the Camí Bortolons, Bassa del Molí Vell and Camí de L'horta among many others. From Torremanzanas, the PR - CV 232 along the Serra dels Plans and the Montagut.
For mountain bike enthusiasts, there are beautiful trips that take in the towns of Relleu, Sella, Torremanzanas and the Sierra de Aguilar.
For the more intrepid, Relleu has an excellent via ferrata, the Via Ferrata del Figueret. You can also practice canyoning in Barranc del Estret de Relleu, which we advise you to descend after the rainy season, as it will be more fun. From Torremanzanas, in the nearby town of Penáguila, you can descend the ravine of Castell de Penáguila.
Since Cabeçó L'Or and La Grana are declared special protection areas for birds, they offer an ideal environment for birdwatching. They host important populations of birds of prey like the golden eagle, the aplomado falcon and the eagle owl. The presence of the black wheatear and redbilled chough are worthy of mention.
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