I remember reading about this walk a couple of year’s ago with it’s intriguing name, La Caldera de Gigante! Although, we’d not visited this area before, I expected that the terrain would be totally flat, hence being suitable for the fruit and vegetable farmers of the Vega Baja.
Off we set taking the N332 south from Gran Alacant heading for Guardamar where we turned right on to the CV-91 to Algorfa before taking the CV-935 towards Los Montesinos. Turn left at the Montemar urbanisation and take the second left turn on to Calle Manuel de Falla.The information board at the start of the walk will soon come in to view.
The route itself is very well signposted. At first, it’s reminiscent of any verdant forest walk through the pine trees although the path has a few ‘ups and downs’ as it dips in and out of the watercourse following the shallow ravine! It’s well worth the 3 km walk when you emerge out of the trees and into a miniature Grand Canyon!What an amazing geographical feature! Although the water wasn’t very deep due to the recent drought, it’s not hard to imagine the ravine turning into a seething mass of flood water channelling through the rocks before being sent on its way to the River Segura at Benijófar.
Take time to look around you – study the eroded sandstone rocks that are now silky smooth and marvel at the ‘Swiss cheese’ effect in others. The path crosses a track and drops to the ravine floor. Ahead lies a stretch of shaded sandy beach ahead, which looked, inviting in the afternoon sunlight, shafted by giant pine trees! A wild orange grove soon appears as you emerge from the trees again. The track leads straight down to A7 motorway and continues left alongside, eventually completing the circuit walk as shown on the information board at the beginning. However, we opted to return the same route, escaping from the reality check as soon as possible and enjoying a second look at one of nature’s wonders!