Active tourism

Those seeking an adventure can head inland, but without losing sight of the sea, to experience landscapes which encourage you to challenge nature

The rough geography of the province's inland has led to the practice of adventure sports. The province's natural and cultural heritage, therefore, also includes sports. Hiking, climbing, canyoning, bungee jumping, paragliding and flying a hot air balloon are just some of the things you can do in this inner part of the province, which will delight even the most adventurous travellers.

The Infierno ravine in La Vall de Laguar, known as the king of all hiking trails, is a narrow and steep passage measuring nine kilometres in length. You can either choose to go alone or accompanied by experts from specialist companies. For those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, there are 212 short hiking trails (known as PR-CV) distributed throughout the province and one long distance hiking trail (known as GR), which extends from Alcoy to Pinoso. There are also a number of green routes which run along old train lines, such as the one in Maigmó and in Alcoy. Those who prefer to climb mountains without using trails have a variety of options to choose from, given that Alicante is the second most mountainous province in Spain. Activities are organised by a number of companies specialising in active tourism as well as clubs and associations, such as the Federació d'Esports de Muntanya i Escalada de la Comunitat Valenciana (the Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing of the Valencian Region).

The Aitana mountain range, measuring 1,558 metres in altitude, is known as "the roof of Alicante" and is a must for lovers of cycling. In fact, the Tour of Spain bicycle race has included it in its itinerary. For those who are less professional, there are a large number of cycling routes to choose from. It is just a matter of looking for them or seeking advice from one of the province's two MTB centres, located in Lorcha and Vall de Pop. There are hundreds of kilometres that are signposted for you to get lost in, if this is what you want to do. And if you need any help, you can go to the Association of Companies specialising in Active Tourism in the Valencian Region.​​​