Cherry Blossoms in Vall de la Gallinera
La Vall de Gallinera is a municipality formed by eight different urban centres, located in the inland areas of the Marina Alta region, in the province of Alicante. Benirrama, Benialí, Benissivà, Benitaia, La Carroja, Alpatró, Llombai, and Benissili make up this municipality, names that showcase its Arab past.
Surrounded by mountains, la Vall de Gallinera offers a unique setting to take routes and discover the valley's nature, and the best time to do it is during the cherry-tree blossoms. In mid-March, depending on the weather, you can enjoy a unique show in the Region of Valencia, when the cherry fields cover the valley in white.
One way to enjoy the cherry-tree blossom is to take the "Route of the eight villages," which runs through the eight urban nuclei of the la Vall de Gallinera passing through fountains, watering holes, charming streets, countryside and, of course, cherry trees. This route has a length of 14 linear km, that means a roundtrip would be 28km, but you can only do one stage if you do not want to travel the 14km.
The route starts at Font de la Mata in Benirrama and ends at Font de la Mata in Benissili. This route offers stretches suitable for the whole family, even to go with a stroller as the stretch from Benialí to Benitaia.
A perfect plan suitable for all audiences to spend the weekend discovering the cherry trees, and later, during the month of May you can participate in the cherry harvest or enjoy the Cherry Festival celebrated at the beginning of June where excursions, exhibitions, local meals, musical performances, and even a championship of throwing cherry bones take place.