Sierra de Callosa
Walk from Redovan in the Sierra de Callosa
This is a lovely mountain walk high above the town, mostly in pine woodland but with frequent panoramic views over the Vega Baja. The route is well signed and there are features of interest along the way. The mountain section has a few quite steep ascents on stony paths but there is no climbing or stone scrambling involved. The descent is assisted by some handrails and cut steps which are very helpful. The return is on tarmaced roads back through the town. The round trip is only about 2¾ miles and takes about 1½ to 2 hours. If you get chance to get a street map of Redovan off the internet to find the start it will help but is not essential. Take plenty of water, particularly in hot weather.
The walk begins at the Area Recreativa Santuario de Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Salud in Redovan. Like the many other such Areas there are picnic, barbecue and toilet facilities here. It is located at what is virtually the highest point of the town at the start of the tree line on the mountainside.
From here follow the path signposted for the Cueva Ahumada that takes you uphill away from the car park at 2 o’clock. The path winds its way above the houses built on the mountain side then crosses many gulleys. The woodland is not particularly dense and clearings open up at regular intervals on the right to give good views over the town and across the valley towards Orihuela.
To get there follow directions from Algorfa to Callosa and the Cueva Ahumada, then continue on to Redovan.
Bear right into the centre of town and make your way upwards.
The Area Recreativa is signposted from the town centre, but not particularly well, and a one way traffic system makes navigation difficult. Just keep going uphill.
There is only one road with houses that goes higher up the mountainside; you turn left into the area before going up its last section. The map shows its general location. Persevere, it will be worth it.
Parking is plentiful near the centre of the site by the Santuario.
As you approach the highest point of the walk going ‘round the corner’ towards Callosa there are a number of interesting features. First a large cross and altar on an extremity above Redovan, then a cave containing the Virgen de la Cueva with an altar outside. The cave is not very deep but was strangely warm even in the middle of winter.
The walk then descends steeply down steps to arrive at a slightly bizarre area, marked as El Rincón on the map, that includes a monument, toilet (four concrete walls and a hole in the floor) and a helicopter pad! There are great views from here too. There are two ways off the mountain from this point. One is to continue on uphill again to reach the Mirador de la Vega at the next summit, then on to the Cueva Ahumada car park. (This would add a mile and some ¾ hour on to the round trip). The other way is to continue your descent down the mixture of cut and concrete steps to emerge down a narrow passage into a small barrio on Calle de Gabriel Moro which is the eastern limit of Redovan. Turn right to return to Redovan. Once ‘round the corner’ the street layout is messy but keep heading upwards to make your way back to the Area Recreativa and your car.
There are a few bars and cafeterias in the town for refreshment.
With thanks to Denise and Geoff Brooks, Montemar.