Running through the mountainous interior of the Costa Blanca is the Algar River, and more importantly the stunning Algar Waterfalls. Known in Spanish as Les Fonts de l'Algar, the falls are about 20 kilometres from Benidorm and provide for a magical day out. The countryside around Algar is beautiful with lush valleys and soaring mountain ranges such as the Sierra de Bernia y Ferrer that offer picturesque hiking trails and a diverse wonderland of flora & fauna.
Getting to Algar Waterfalls
Getting to the falls is via the steep and windy CV-715 where at each twist and turn of the road there are wonderful views and hidden villages. Many visitors stop along the way in the lovely hilltop village of Polop that is crowned by a Moorish castle and surrounded by mountains. Continuing further, the road passes through Callosa d'en Sarriá, a quaint medieval town and the closest to Algar. From here the road is clearly signposted to Algar Waterfalls where there is ample parking space below the falls, a souvenir shop, cafe and ablutions.
Attractions of Algar
Throughout the area, which has been declared a protected nature reserve, there are stone and wooden walkways winding their way along the cascading river as it tumbles over rocks and through gullies forming delightful rock pools. Visitors should bear in mind, the walkways are steep in places as well as slippery so a good pair of trainers or hiking boots is advised.
Visitors wishing to swim during the summer months often forget to bring a towel as they think with the weather being so hot they won't need one. Well, let me tell you, even on the hottest days the falls are icy cold due to the river's source being high in the mountains and after a swim you will be glad you did bring a towel 🙂
Although there are ample spots along the walkway to stop for refreshments or a picnic, when you reach the rock pools in the area known as Toll de la Para where many visitors turn around for the walk back down, you can continue higher where you will find a larger picnic area and arbolarium where quite often children come on school trips to learn about the nature of Algar.
There are several restaurants around Algar Waterfalls including Restaurante La Cascada, Restarante Casa Marcos and Restaurante El Algar de Don Joan, but for truly awe inspiring beauty right next to the falls, al fresco dining on the beautiful terraces of Restaurante Les Fonts is a must.
Around Algar Waterfalls
Such is the beauty of Algar, some visitors to the Costa Blanca choose to spend entire holidays in the area and stay at Fonts de l'Algar Camping & Caravaning just a short distance from the falls and 3 kilometres from the town of Callosa d'en Sarriá. The camp ground offers 100 tent pitches and 40 caravan pitches, cafe/bar, mini-mart, laundry room, equipped BBQ areas and shady picnic areas.
There is a multi-activity area called Algar Ventura where kids summer camps are held as well as one of the largest cactus gardens in Europe, and a children's favourite, the exciting Dino Park. This is a small Dinosaur theme park boasting lifelike replicas of these ancient creatures at every turn as well as a small museum, 5D cinema and natural swimming pool.