Series of waterfalls and stunning crystalline swimming holes in an area with lush vegetation. Located in the mountains, 19 km inland from Benidorm (Spain).
Algar Waterfalls (‘Fonts de l’Algar’ in Valencian Language) are located 3 km from the village Callosa d’en Sarrià. This ‘Protected Humid Zone‘ running along the Algar river has a high ecological value. It’s also a theme park.
The visit consists of a 1.5 km circuit along the Algar (‘cave’ in Arabic) river bed. It consists of a landscape resulting from the karst modelling of limestone rock. You will see waterfalls, springs flowing from rock and swimming holes where you can take a dip. These natural pools were considered a source of health. You will also see the old dam, canal and old ditches that are still in use today.
Algar Waterfalls are very popular. They charge a small fee (between €2 and €5). It has several free and also paid car parks, restaurants and 2 free toilets once you enter.
During summer you will enjoy a refreshing swim in the waterfalls and most of the swimming holes. The water is so transparent you can see the riverbed. The bottom of the pools is rocky. Wear comfortable shoes and watch out for slippery areas and stones. Some people like to wear booties. These are available in stores here, but you will find them at half price in Benidorm. There is a lifeguard service at Easter and during the summer season.
The wooden building on the left is the entrance to these spectacular waterfalls in Alicante.
Straight after, you’ll cross a cute narrow bridge. From it, you’ll see the largest waterfall.
It’s very popular, so in high season there are many people.
The swimming holes have breathtaking crystalline water. Most of them are shallow.
This is one of the few deep natural pools.
The 1.5 km route along the course of the Algar river is beautiful and well signposted.
The colour of the water, its transparency and the vegetation around make this place so unique.
You can take an unforgettable dip anywhere along the route in the Algar river!
The water is chilly and reinvigorating.
This area of Alicante is quite dry. In contrast, the area around Algar Waterfalls is very humid.
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HOW TO GET TO - Algar Waterfalls
How to get to Algar Waterfalls
It’s very easy to get to ‘Fuentes del Algar’ and there are plenty of parking areas.
From Benidorm by car, the journey takes about 25 minutes through picturesque villages and rural areas.
Take the exit onto CV-70. Go straight through all the roundabouts and go through La Nucia and Polop. Enjoy the beautiful view of Polop on the right-hand side. It’s one of the most beautiful towns in Alicante. In Polop take the second exit from the roundabout towards CV-715, Callosa d’en Sarrià road. This is the town where Fuentes del Algar is located. Look at the trees on the road! In Callosa d’en Sarrià take the second exit from the roundabout onto the CV-715 de Bolulla road. Follow this road for about 2 km and turn right. Continue on the CV-7531 for approximately 1 km. You will see signs at the roundabout showing ‘Las Fuentes del Algar’ (‘Les Fonts de l’Algar’ in Valencian).
By bus from Benidorm take number 18 Llorent. It takes over an hour. There is only one bus per day, so check the pick-up time at each location. In Benidorm you catch it at the top of Avda Mediterraneo (usually around 10 am). The bus drops you off at Fuentes del Algar and returns around 5:10 pm (confirm these times with the driver as they are subject to last-minute changes). You can also get there by taking the ALSA bus line that reaches the centre of Callosa d’en Sarrià. From there you can take a taxi (around € 7) to Fuentes del Algar (3 km).
By taxi from Benidorm, it takes about 35 minutes (the price will be around € 25-30).
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There are vending machines and toilets in the picnic areas.
USEFUL INFORMATION - Algar Waterfalls
Handy Things to Know
When to Go & Opening Times
Low season (October 16 – June 14): Adults €4, Children over 3 years €2 and disabled free.
High season (June 15 – October 15): Adults €5, Children over 3 years €2 and disabled free.
Tickets can be purchased online (recommended) or at the entrance.
For more details (prices for groups or retirees), any changes or buying tickets check the link above.
It’s forbidden to eat outside the picnic areas, bring glass containers, camping, light fires. Jumping or diving from the rocks. Fishing. Entry with roller skates, bicycles and other recreational vehicles.
Remember that soap and detergents should not be used in rivers and pools. Also, most sun creams contaminate the water, try to apply them well before taking a dip.
(Scientists have found that sunscreen releases significant amounts of titanium dioxide, which damages aquatic life. Soaps have phosphates, are also non-biodegradable and harm the environment).
Things to Do – Algar Waterfalls
Things to Do
Children that like dinosaurs, will enjoy Dino Park Algar. It consists of six hectares, with robotic and static models of the most characteristic dinosaur species. It’s 1 km from the Algar Waterfalls, near the Algar Cactus Botanical Garden.
For hiking, we recommend the route to the Fort of Bernia in the Sierra de Bèrnia i Ferrer. It has impressive views over the coast.
Guadalest is one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in Spain. It’s 15 km away from Algar Waterfalls on top of a large rock. It has fantastic views over the villages in the valley, the mountains and the reservoir.
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Guadalest reservoir (300 m from Guadalest) is an ideal lake in an amazing natural setting. The views from the lake to the mountains and its turquoise water will surprise you.
To swim on the coast we recommend Cala Granadella, Cala del Portixol, Cala Ambolo and Cala Moraig. They are jaw-dropping and might remind you of Ibiza! To the south of Alicante city is Playa del Carabassí, a beach with golden sand, big dunes and pine trees.
Where to Eat
There are 5 restaurants on the way to the entrance of Algar Waterfalls. They serve typical food, such as rice dishes.
You can also bring your food to Algar Waterfalls. There are several picnic areas with tables in the shade, cold drink machines, snacks and toilets. Remember not to bring glass bottles, as they are not allowed, in case they break.
The loquat fruit (‘nisperos‘) is grown in this area. They are orange and packed with vitamin C. You should try them!
This natural paradise is near Benidorm, Villajoyosa and Altea. You will find countless hotels in these places.
There is a campsite called Camping Fonts de l’Algar 1 km away from Algar Waterfalls.
The pool with the main waterfall is small and has little space to swim. There are several smaller waterfalls. The swimming holes have various sizes, some are very big. Most are very shallow, except one.
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