If you are looking for a beautiful route, of low difficulty, suitable for the whole family (including 4-legged relatives), at Almafrà Camping we recommend you visit El Faro de Albir, one of the many routes that can be done through Serra Gelada.
From the campsite, you have to join the N-332 road towards Valencia until the cross roads of Albir, (2.2km), turn right towards the beach along Avenida de l’Albir until Camí Vell del Far Street. Once there, continue until you reach the pedestrian entrance of the route. There is a free parking open 24 hours where you can leave your vehicle.
The original road was made in 1863 to give access to the lighthouse for its workers. In 1863 the original path was modified and improved to what we know today.
The route has a linear route of just less than 5km (ascent and descent) with a little steep slope and is asphalted throughout its route, which makes it suitable for walkers, cyclists or families with prams.
At the entrance, there is a font for drinking water. For those who make the route with dogs, it is interesting to know that there are drinking troughs and bags for excrement. During the walk there are bins to deposit if necessary.
Once you start the walk, the first thing you come across is a well shaded picnic area ideal for a family picnic.
Along the way you can find information panels on the history of the place, flora and fauna, any environmental actions carried out and alternative routes. Also you will find several viewpoints and balconies from where you can admire the beautiful landscape that varies from the dense pine forest at the beginning, to the steep cliffs at the end, and taking in the beautiful views of the sea and the beach of Albir.
One of the most special points is a tunnel carved into rock about 20 meters long. Those who bring children … ask them to sing! The echo is fun for them to hear.
At the end of the walk we arrive at the Lighthouse, currently called the Faro de Albir Interpretation Center, where, in addition to the lighthouse building and the permanent museum inside, we have a dolphin watching area during the migration period and some telescopes. The lighthouse is still active today. You can see its light from the walk of the stars on the promenade of L’albir.
For the more adventurous there are two alternative routes that begin shortly before reaching the center:
Cave of the Bou or Boca de la Ballena
The point of interest marked with the number 10 is the access to the cave called “The mouth of the whale”, a large cavity in the shady part of the mountain. The access is not paved but it is not complicated.
To the right of the path, in the ravine before the reach to the center, you can see the remains of a stone construction that corresponds to the foreman’s house and the pillars onthe road for the wagons of the old red ocher mine, which was active from the middle of the SXIX until the beginning of the XX. Once the ore was extracted, it was lowered to a small cove, often frequented by boats today, where it embarked on small barges that took it to a larger ship, which anchored in the bay.
Here we show you the complete route with the points of interest indicated
Hopefully you will be encouraged to enjoy the route as much as we do.
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