My name is Heidi and I come from Helsinki, Finland.
With my husband Olli-Pekka and our 3 dogs we live in Gran Alacant and enjoy the brilliant Mediterranean climate and possibility of discovering new hiking routes all over our Alicante province and sometimes even a bit further.
Ironically, I have a fear of heights, but I love the views from tops of the mountains too much to stay away. Our dogs are getting older so all the hikes need to be suitable for them too as they always go on our adventures with us. I also love photography and always take load of pictures from our hikes.
August is a hot month and this walk is an easy one with beautiful views, interesting history and offers a perfect day trip away from the beach.
Google maps finds Batería de Castillitos. The last 10 kilometers you drive up along the mountain side in a narrow, curving and twisting road with cars going both ways, so be patient. For me it felt like the road would never end, but after about 20 minutes it did. There’s a small parking place at the end of the road. I suggest you leave early, that way going up will be more pleasant.
This military battery is located at the very tip of Cabo Tiñoso, 218 meters above sea level. The battery was built between 1929 and 1933. There are four Vickers cannons.
You will also see lots of military buildings, such as accommodation, offices, residences of officers and non-commissioned officers, kitchens, etc.
Once again the views are fantastic. You can really understand how these two military batteries (La Batería de las Cenizas and Batería de Castillitos) have been able to defend city of Cartagena and its citizens. No unwanted ship has been able to access Cartagena harbour.
Batería de las Cenizas was introduced in July 2018 issue.
Next month we go on foot again.
Heidi & Olli
Always when going on hikes check that:
- Your Mobile Phone is fully charged
- Water – climbing up is hard job & you will need it
- Snacks (Remember to take all the garbage back down with you!)
- Have good shoes for walking
- Have small first aid kit with you
- Have layered clothes. Up hill might be very windy and cold, even on a warm day. Coming down might be chilly, so extra dry t-shirt to change into if needed is not a bad idea
- Always tell someone where you are going and when you’ll approx. be coming back