A Costa Blanca path for hikers, not rebels

REPAIRS: Improvements made to centuries-old path Photo credit: Altea town hall

MORE work has been carried out on paths belonging to Altea’s section of the Sierra Bernia mountains. Following improvements to the sierra’s principal road, the town hall’s Environment and Tourism departments turned their attentions to the Cami de les Revoltes trail. This path linked Altea la Vieja with the highest parts of Bernia’s southern face and, historians believe, the Fort that was builtin 1562 by Felipe II but destroyed by Felipe III in 1612 to prevent it from falling into the hands of Moorish rebels. Four centuries later,Cami de les Revoltes is used mainly by hikers and mountain walkers and the town hall has now spent €15,800 on improvements to the path. These included cutting back undergrowth on either side of the path and repairing and reinforcing the drystone walls that shore up the path to preveterosion. He was most satisfied with the result of the work carried out on the path, said Environment councillor Jose Orozco, who drew particular attention to the traditional drystone techniques that were used, as these were recently awarded Intangible Cultural Heritage status by Unesco.

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