A visit to the Algar Waterfalls or ‘Las Fuentes de Algar’ is a definite must on your list of things to do whilst in the Alicante region, especially if you have children or are adventurous and love nature. Only 30 minutes from the built-up area and crowded conglomeration of Benidorm, the waterfalls offer a peaceful and relaxing haven in the midst of the surrounding mountains.
This natural phenomenon consists of a 1.5km-circuit of waterfalls, tolls (natural pools) and rocky caves all set amongst a stunning scenery of exotic plants, flowers, and woodland. This area has been declared a natural wetland and is now protected by the Valencian Government.
As soon as you enter the natural park you will come across the first of the tolls (pools of water). Those daring and strong enough will be able to swim through a narrow gap between two rocks and enter a cave into which the most majestic of the waterfalls falls into.
From here there is a steep climb (by steps) up to the first level of the area. This is a fairly arduous ascent for those that are not reasonably fit and can leave you gasping when you reach the top. There are, however, places to stop and catch your breath on the way up.
The main attraction of the first level is the large pool and diving board situated 2m above. Obviously, the water in this pool is extremely deep. The whole day you will see children and adults jumping or diving off the board into the pool of clear, crystal water, with the most daring performing somersaults and back flips.
Moving along from the diving board area is the first part of the circuit where you can actually walk through the riverbed, practically right the way up to the top waterfall and the source of the river Algar.
The water in most parts is shallow but in some areas, it can come up to your thighs (if you are short). Trekking along the riverbed is immense fun, as you’ll cling to branches as you move along and step over rocks and boulders on the way.
Before you reach the source of the river, you will encounter three or four natural pools, each with their own waterfall. Here, there are areas to sit and sunbathe plus pathways for the not so brave, who prefer to carry out the journey on foot.
- The water in the pools is absolutely freezing – be prepared for this.
- There is a strong current the nearer to the waterfalls you get – only strong swimmers should swim right up.
- To save money, take a picnic.
- The riverbed is rocky and many rocks have algae growing on them, making them slippery to walk on. Take extreme care when crossing the riverbed.
- To protect your feet and to make things a lot easier, wear waterproof shoes that enclose the feet rather than flip flops, which may end up falling off and floating away with the current!
Directions to the Fuentes de Algar
To get to the waterfalls from Alicante take the A7 motorway to Benidorm and come off at exit 65A – Benidorm Poniente. Follow the signs to Callosa d’en Sarrià, passing through the villages of La Nucia and Polop. Pass through the village of Callosa d’en Sarriá and when you come to the main roundabout, take the second exit (CV-715) into Bolulla Road. Continue approximately 2km, turn right, and follow the signs for the Fuentes de Algar for a further kilometre.
Entrance (peak season)
- Adults: 5,00 €
- Seniors: 4,00 €
- Children (4 – 10 years): 2,00 €
- Children (0 – 3 years): Free
- There are discounts for groups of more than 20
The waterfalls are open all year round, however, due to the coldness of the water, it is best to visit in July and August.
- Dec – Feb: 10am – 5pm
- Mar, Oct, & Nov: 10am – 5.30pm
- Apr – Jun: 10am – 6pm
- Jul – Aug: 10am – 7.30pm
- Sept: 10am – 7pm