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A bike tour
The Algar river in Altea is a beautiful natural area and perfectly suited to enjoy by bike with your family. The route is mostly flat and the first part of it is separated from the general road where cars drive by. The second part is a very quiet rural road with almost no traffic. Therefore, it is a safe tour for all ages. And if you bring some food and drinks so you can rest and enjoy the wildlife, the sounds of the water in the river and the beautiful landscape.
Not all routes can boast of passing near the sea, two rivers, a wetland and the mountains. Above all the start is in the town of Altea.
The starting point in Altea
The beginning of this route is located at the Garganes sports centre, on Clot de Mingot street to be precise. From here you can already appreciate the beauty of the Cap Negret beach and the river mouth. This large wetland of high ecological value is home to more than 100 different bird species. You can see singing birds, snipes and maybe a hawk in winter. Little plovers and reed warblers in summer or the elusive Pintoja chick during the spring migration.
Start the route by holding the Algar River in Altea on your right and the sea on your back. You will pass under the tracks of the Tram, to continue on the path parallel to the Via Pista. After a kilometre and a half, you must cross this road and continue this path for the rest of the route.
Interesting places to see near the Algar river
After 2.4 km of you arrive at the Molí Vell or Molí dels Moros. This old mill is surrounded by lots of fruit and vegetable gardens. Because of its location on the river bank and its interesting history, the Molí Vell is declared as a local cultural heritage. Only some remains of the building, the raft and some ditches that provided water to the mill are preserved. However, it is important to highlight its great historical value, since it dates from the Middle Ages, between the 8th and 17th century.
After 4 km of the route, you reach the highest point. Here you can see a small dam known as the mini-reservoir. This point is where the river Guadalest and the river Algar meet. From here it is possible to continue all the way to El Castell de Guadalest. However, this part is more difficult and not really suitable as a family excursion.
After arriving here it is time to turn back. The easiest way is to return the way you came until you pass the bridge of the Mediterranean Highway A-7 and reach the next junction. Here you can turn left and cross the Algar river to the other side. This road will take us directly to the beach of Cap Negret while we enjoy the silhouette of the town of Altea, with its historic centre at the top dominated by the blue dome of the Church of Our Lady of Consuelo.
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