Guadalest Valley Tour
Driving in a foreign country, especially when it's on the opposite side of the road you're used to can be quite daunting and not exactly a relaxing holiday experience, so why not explore one of the most stunning regions of the Costa Blanca on a Guadalest Valley tour. The Marina Alta region boasts breathtaking scenery and secluded villages amongst soaring mountains, dense forests and lush green valleys where the air is scented with pine and the views reach to the sea.
Guided coach tours are are great fun and one of the best ways to learn about the area you're visiting while relaxing and enjoying a drink or two and letting someone else do the driving. With the Spanish having a somewhat chilled out attitude to life, most coach tours are very flexible and if you feel like leaving the group and doing your own thing they are usually fine with it as long as you know where and when to meet for the return journey. This is the case with Mandarinablue Tours who operate a number of coach and walking tours to many parts of the Costa Blanca and try to be as flexible as possible with their itineraries.
Guadalest Valley Tour – Starting at around 10:00 the coach heads into the mountains behind Benidorm along steep, windy roads to Spain's most visited village, Guadalest. Entered via a granite tunnel, the village was once an important fortress stronghold and the old Moorish Tower still remains where the stunning views reach all the way to the Bay of Altea. Here you can explore the narrow cobbled streets, stop for a drink at a street side cafe or visit some of the charming village museums. Then it's down the valley hiking trail to the turquoise waters of Guadalest Lake that offers cruises on a solar powered boat. After Guadalest the tour continues to a couple of other villages where passengers have the option of enjoying a tasty lunch in a favourite village restaurant before heading home (lunch not included in the tour price).