The Sierra Helada,mountain of ice and fire


The sky on fire over Benidorm

Overlooking Albir is Sierra Helada, the “Ice Mountain”. At 438m above sea level it’s no giant, and no specialist gear is required. I was visiting Albir Lighthouse, a stunning building perched high above the sea, in the Sierra Helada national park, when I noticed a track leading uphill from the main track, signposted in Spanish. I couldn’t understand all of it but it gave me the idea of trying to follow it, and seeing whether it would take me to the top of the hill, where a large transmitter sits. At the other end of the mountain is Benidorm, and the Benidorm Cross, visible from the beach, and home to a geocache which I had hoped to visit. If I could get to the mast I could then judge whether to head along the coast to the cross, and on down to Benidorm. Google Earth also helped me recce the route, now all I needed was a few hours to spare.

Full trip report and photos HERE.

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