There are some great opportunities for hiking in Orihuela Costa. With its wonderful coastline, network of canals, natural parks and lakes, hiking can be as energetic or gentle paced as you choose. Some visitors like to enjoy hiking in Orihuela Costa alone or with friends, and others prefer to join a group. For this there are groups or clubs throughout the Costa Blanca who usually welcome newcomers with open arms. If you are only here for a short holiday, the majority of these groups will be pleased to let you tag along for a fun day of exercise.
The terrain in Orihuela Costa is predominantly flat with some hills, ridges, cliffs and valleys but no mountains. For mountain hiking, rock scrambling, rock climbing and via ferrata you will need to head further along the coast or to the inland mountain areas. When joining a club, especially ones that charge a fee, they will on regular occasions arrange days out. These could be through a nature park, around a lake, along the coast or further afield in the mountains.
Hiking The Coastal Path
Orihuela Costa is blessed with having one of the longest and most picturesque coastal paths on the Costa Blanca. This runs the length of its coastline and further still to the neighbouring city of Torrevieja. It is a popular and well used path with steps and railings on steep sections. It passes through gullies, along cliffs, across stretches of beach and through urban areas. Along the way there are ample places to stop for refreshments or a cooling dip in the sea.
Hiking The Lakes
Some of the most popular hiking in Orihuela Costa is around its two lakes. A large working salt lake divides the area from neighbouring Torrevieja. The lake shores and lovely surrounding countryside form a natural park with a selection of hiking trails. Running alongside the lake is a picturesque ‘Greenway' that is open to walkers, joggers, cyclists and horse riders. Lake Pedrera is located in the countryside around San Miguel. It is a popular area for adventure sports, fishing and hiking. Its trails offer pleasant views and the chance to cool off in the lake.
Hiking The Canals
A series of irrigation canals meander their way through the countryside and urban areas. These provide the least strenuous hiking in Orihuela Costa. The reason for this is fairly obvious; water can't flow up steep hills so they're perfectly flat in places. Other parts of the canals have very gentle inclines which are hardly noticeable. These canals are also favoured by German and Scandinavian visitors to get in some summer skiing practice on custom in-line skates.