The Cholera Walk

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The Cholera Walk is a 4.2 kilometer loop trail located near Sella, Alicante/Alacant, Spain that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking and walking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 km
156 m

dogs on leash

kid friendly




This short walk follows an early village 'bypass' . . . The ancient mountain village of Sella is located 18Km inland from the coastal town of Villajoyosa on the Spanish Costa Blanca. This small and authentic village is surrounded by magnificent mountain peaks and ridges, almond terraces, forested valley trails and dramatic gorges, making it a perfect location for walkers. Sella is also famous for having some of the best rock climbing in Europe. In the 19th century cholera was widespread in Spain and even small rural villages did not escape. The worst epidemic here in Sella was in 1885 and lasted for 19 days - 18 people died and 45 were seriously infected. At this time the main route between Villajoyosa and Alcoy passed through Sella, so, to minimize the spread of the disease (and probably from a travellers perspective, to minimize any chance of contracting it!) an alternative route that bypassed the village was created. This short circular walk retraces much of that ancient bypass and takes you past the main spring and picnic area (Font Mayor) so if it's a nice day, consider a picnic.

Friday, February 24, 2012

This is a great little walk for anyone when they first come to Sella - doesn't take long and helps you to get your bearings.