Inland from the dreadful Costa Blanca, the Alicante countryside turns mountainous and is the most wonderful place for hillwalking.
I'm used to Yorkshire and the Dales - well, this is limestone too but rugged and forested with the advantage of excellent trails and routes for walking or biking.
Sometimes there are even waymarks. But wandering shepherds with herds blessed with goatbells! Of the many little villages I pick out Sella because it's just 12k from the A7 motorway (exit 66) has several bar restaurants (lively! No tourist stuff, little English) and there are even a couple of excellent B&Bs, one of which does self-catering stays too. In winter you´ll bump into rock climbers here but spring and autumn are the best times.
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