WITH temperatures still soaring along the costas, why not head inland slightly to the cooling waters of the Fuentes del Algar.
Situated in Callosa d’en Sarria, just 15km from Benidorm, the waterfalls are a picturesque nature reserve offering crystal clear waters and cooling waterfalls which are a world away from the bars and beaches just a short drive away from the coast.
Upon entering the waterfalls you can weave your way against the current along the waters and little streams, cooling off in the natural pools as you go. The sun shines through the welcoming shade of the trees, speckling the rocks and waters like shiny crystals glistening from the water’s edge.
Such is their beauty it is no surprise that they caught the attention of TV producers and it was here that the famous Timotei shampoo advert was filmed with many trying to recreate those moments in the Cascada Principal, which is the first main waterfall you arrive at.
Keep pushing up along the wooden pathways to the Estret de Sacos and the waters seeping through the mountains are perfect for a cooling dip; and they are cooling, if not positively freezing, so be prepared for the Algar waterfalls to take your breath away in more ways than one.
Whilst a protected nature reserve, the waterfalls are manned by lifeguards watching from the diving points and there are toilets and a restaurant within the waterfalls. Entry is €5 for adults in the high season and €4 in the low season. Taking your own picnic inside is prohibited with checks being carried out at the gates. However, just outside the waterfalls there is a picnic and park area, ideal to spend another few lazy hours.
From the numerous parking areas on the way to the waterfalls just outside of the village of Callosa d’en Sarria there are a number of restaurants offering snacks and menu del dias, many with their own pools also which are free to those eating.
Just a few minutes away there is the popular Dino Park introducing visitors to the mysterious world of the dinosaurs with moving and static models in life-size form set amongst natural surroundings.
Dino Park is suitable for youngsters of all ages and has a 3D cinema, playgrounds, parking and Dino shop. Dino Park is open from 10am-8pm during August and until 6pm in September and October with tickets costing €15 for adults and €10 for children aged from four to 12.
Whilst the waterfalls seem like a blissful hidden retreat, sadly they are no longer a secret delight for a few in the know, and can be busy in the summer months, but they make a lovely day out for those on the Costa Blanca. Also remember to take swim shoes with you as the pebbles and rocks under foot can be extremely slippery and brace yourself for the cold!
For opening times and directions visit www.lesfontsdelalgar.es