Our location by the sea and close to a natural park with pine woodland and hills makes the surrounding area of Albir a great one to explore on foot. We offer three main walks, to exercise your body, burn calories, connect with nature and to feel invigorated. The guided walks also give you an opportunity to get to know our health and wellbeing mentors and other retreat guests. We also encourage you to explore on your own, to enjoy the scenery, sea and fresh air and get outside to exercise. Walks take place on a morning (usually 8am or 10.30am), and in the summer after dinner (7.30pm).
Beach Walk (4.4 miles / 7 kms, 1.5 hours)
This stunning walk takes in the coast and beach of Albir, awarded an EU blue flag for cleanliness. The route leaves from the retreat and heads towards the beach and promenade. We follow the edge of the beach, with the sounds of waves and gulls, venturing as far as Altea (the neighbouring town), where we pause in silence before returning back to the retreat. Although the beach gets busier in the summer, especially during the day, the walk is still invigorating. This walk is mainly flat and on pavement; guests can walk along the beach if they choose. On some occasions, guests choose to continue their walk to explore Altea, walking through the cobbled streets of the old town and visiting the church at the top.
Lighthouse Walk (approx 5 miles / 8 kms, 2 hours)
This is a beautiful walk along the coast through the Sierra Helada nature park and culminates at the old lighthouse. The route leaves from the retreat, taking in a few residential streets to reach the start of the lighthouse path. We follow a well formed path through pine trees, enjoy the smell of the sea and pine, delighting in the amazing views along the coastline and end at the lighthouse. There is a gentle rise in the path up to the lighthouse, with plenty of lookout spots, and you can enjoy the gentle downhill walk home! During Spring and Autumn one lighthouse walk each week is timed to coincide with the sunrise, giving you stunning views of the coast. Dolphins have been seen off the coast and the natural park is home to a wide range of local flora and fauna, including the red squirrel.
Hill Walk (3 miles / 4.8 kms, approximately 1-1.5 hours)
The aim of the hill walk is to give you a good cardio and leg work out! The route is designed to take in some moderate hills and you are rewarded with some great views of the Costa Blanca coast, mountains and valleys. We leave from the retreat and walk towards the nearby hill, firstly through local residential streets and then into the pine forest, before returning back to the retreat. This is a circular walk and there is an optional quiet time in the forest.
What do I need to bring or wear?A.
We suggest that you bring trainers or comfortable walking shoes. Part of the hill walk covers some rough ground so we recommend sensible walking shoes for this (trainers are fine). A sun hat and sunglasses are useful almost all year through, plus a water bottle (we have some you can use). Camera and phones are great for taking photos of the beautiful coastline and mountains.
Can I do these walks on my own?A.
We offer guided walks to be part of the group, however you are welcome to walk any of these routes on your own, or with your new friends at the retreat. Indeed, some people head off every day to explore and enjoy the solitude. Sometimes guests on the beach walk decide to continue walking, to visit the nearly Spanish town of Altea. We have a street map of the local area available at reception, for more walks near Alicante.
Can I run?A.
If you are interested in running, the lighthouse and beach walks in particular are clear and easy to follow trails that you can run on your own or with other guests.