Riuraus Trail: Enjoy the Region’s natural scenery
The Riuraus Trail is a great rural, cultural, and gastronomic tourist option in which you can learn lots about some of the most charming towns in the province of Alicante. Dénia, Xàbia/Jávea, Benitachell, Teulada/Moraira, Benissa, Xaló, Parcent, Orba, Llíber, Pedreguer, Ondara, el Verger and Gata de Gorgos are all stops on this fascinating trail. Don’t miss out on discovering something new.
The roots of the Riuraus Trail
The Riuraus Trail consists of a number of different trails to suit all tastes. It all started with the idea of preserving a part of the Region’s history; the boom in Muscatel raisin exports in the 19th century. At that time, riuraus were built, as well as other buildings, for raisin production, and the traditional processes used still endure to this day.
Riuraus are buildings that were uniquely designed to protect the grapes while drying from the extreme weather conditions. What’s more, they’re very aesthetically pleasing. Their characteristic rock walls and arches have become part of the natural landscape.
For almost two centuries, the riuraus played a key part in the area’s economy, and now with this latest venture, these historic buildings are put back on the map as a symbol of the Region’s identity, allowing for exciting refurbishments and further changes to elevate these stunning structures
Plans and activities on the Riuraus Trail
Thanks to the Riuraus Trail, you can now wander through the countryside and villages, learning about the hidden past of raisin production in the Region. Each town and village on the trail could be the starting point of your trail, where you will discover the beauty of these charming places as you walk or cycle through the countryside, passing dry stone sloping terraces and quaint old farmhouses.
A guide will point out points of interest as you explore, from agricultural structures to enormous trees, and of course, after your walk, you’ll be rewarded by tasting local products that form part of the Region’s incredible gastronomy.
The Riuraus Trail is your excuse for a family hiking trip in the province of Alicante so make sure you see Sierra de Segaria and the old rectory while you’re here. Don’t miss the beautiful Art Nouveau façades that are still very much intact in Pegreguer. And in Benitachell, walk the Serp Trail to enjoy breath-taking views, or head to Parcent or Pedreguer to visit the riuraus up close.
You will find public and private ruiraus, museums, viewing points, and unique places such as the traditional raisin sun dryers. Make sure you discover la escaldàn, a process of boiling the grapes before they are dried. And did you know that Dénia port used to have a quay exclusively for boats exporting raisins?
Another gem that you can’t miss on your Riuraus Trail is Benimaquia archaeological site in Dénia. This is an ancient fortified Iberian settlement at the top of a hill where the views are spectacular.
Discover all the secrets the Riuraus Trail has to offer and fall in love with this corner of the province of Alicante that has so much charm. Start planning your getaway today.