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30 January, 2017

A WALK TO REMEMBER: THE SERRA GROSSA

Dear associates of the Alamo, this time I would like to reveal to you one of the most precious treasures of our land of Alicante, La Serra Grossa. Close to the quarry, lookout of the horizon and the beauty of the Mediterranean sea is, undoubtedly, an outstanding natural space in Alicante, since from its summit you can contemplate all the beautiful landscape that surrounds the province of Alicante. If you are interested in knowing new spaces, we will wait for you at the reception of our hotel. We will be happy to welcome you and propose the best plans!

The Sierra Grossa or Sierra de San Julián is a small mountain of 161 meters of altitude located to the northwest of the city of Alicante and next to the Mediterranean sea. It separates the center of the city and the coastal districts of the Albufera and Cabo de la Huerta.

Serragrossa amanecer

It has been a very important mountain for the city. The first settlements date from the Bronze Age, which settled on their skirts. In the 19th century was installed the British refinery that created a unique industrial complex in Spain with over a kilometer of corridors and tunnels dug inside the rock with a score of huge vaults of between three thousand and five thousand cubic meters of capacity , Which housed fuel tanks. 

In addition, it has been the main quarry of the city. Many buildings of S. XX were constructed with stones extracted from this mountain range. The Spanish Civil War also had relation with the mountain. There is still some trench and there was Campo de los Almendros, a concentration camp prepared by the Italians to retain Republican military.

Nowadays, the Serra Grossa is a forest park close to the city ideal for running, cycling or just walking. It is a very simple route and with an impressive view of the city and the sea, where you can breathe tranquility. It is divided into two small saws, separated by a trough. The closest to the city is the Santa Ana hill. Inside, there are the deposits of the refinery “La Británica”.

 

The most common and simple routes to climb to the top of La Serra Grossa are:

 

  • La Albufereta, next to the beach, behind the car wash (Sierra San Julián street). In that street you can leave the car. You can go with the TRAM, stop La Isleta or bus line 9. Until shortly before reaching the top is a paved road. There is no loss. During the ascent you are glued to the sea, behind the buildings. You have beautiful views of the cove of La Albufereta and the Cabo de La Huerta. This climb is more advisable if you are going to ride a bike.

 

  • Along the Madre Teresa de Calcuta street next to the Los Jesuitas school, behind the Vistahermosa La Hacienda estate. This street has no way out. We left the car and before arriving at the end, we entered the mountain by the indicated road, between two cairns. Equally there is no loss. It is following a dirt road and stones to the top. Here we go up the northern part between pines, by the zone of the umbria. The views are of the city and of the mountains that surround the region of L’Alacantí.

Serra-grossa
Both roads take us to the top in a little more than a kilometer without excessive slope. The top of the Serra Grossa is flat, so it is worth reaching to the end and see the beautiful views of the port and the Castle of Santa Barbara. In front is the Loma de Santa Ana which we can also climb.

 

Without a doubt, we present a nice excursion, simple to realize and with a breathtaking view. It is also a very quiet route, since you will only cross with some hikers, runners or cyclists. A whole experience to live!

We invite you to get to know the most precious places of our beloved city of Alicante, full of history, art and culture. Stay at Hotel Alamo and experience new experiences! We will wait for you!!

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Hotel situado en el corazón de la ciudad de Alicante. A 200 metros del mar, entre el centro de comercio, la playa del Postiguet y la zona de ocio del Puerto deportivo de Alicante.

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