Ptd Marnes 20115
03720 Benissa, Alicante, Spain
(This is a postal address don’t use it for navigation purposes)
Google maps: 38.682361, -0.025924
Satnav coördinates: N 38 40.942 W 0 01.555
How to get to Refugio Marnes
The most obvious way to get here is to fly, you book your flight through a travel agency/flight shop or the internet. Alicante en Valencia are the airports nearest to Refugio Marnes. Easy Jet, Ryan Air, Virgin etc. often offer flights at very low fares. At the airport (or beforehand via the internet) you can rent a car, and from both airports it is about a 75 minute drive to your lodgings at Refugio Marnes. Of course we can arrange the car for you, if requested.
Refugio Marnes is situated in the province of Alicante on the Costa Blanca, in the Sierra de Bernia. 8 Kilometres (15 minutes by car) from the main road from Benissa to Calpe (N332) and approximately 55 minutes to Alicante. Valencia lies in the opposite direction approximately 1 hours drive north. The nearest beaches are 30 minutes by car.
According to the World Health Organisation this area is blessed with the healthiest climate in Europe. An average 17°C in Januari is lovely, and even in Winter the temperatures during the day often reach 20° in the sun.
The “biological” Winter only lasts 3 months in our region, and Spring starts with the spectacular flowering of the almond trees, providing a sea of blossoms, in February. The flowering season for all plants continues until July. There is a second period of flowering and growth after the first rainfall in autumn.
The ‘Sierra de Bernia’ is a small mountain range that spreads about 20 km inland in the Costa Blanca. This area is not touched by mass-tourism and now mainly a nature reserve.
Here you can find an enormous richness of fauna: wild boar, ginettas, martens, ermines and weasels. Several reptiles and a wide variety of small birds, owls, falcons, buzzards and even eagles co-exist.
Flora: next to the olive and almond trees, are carobs and prickly pears (cactus).
Whilst the area is dominated by big pines, the more original vegetation, mediterranean oaks are also to be found. Depending on the time of year, herbs like rosemary, camomile, thyme, and lavender add their spicy aroma to the area.
In the nearby village of Pinos you will find two restaurants and a little church. Only 10 minutes drive away is Bernia where there are three more restaurants. When you want the ‘civilised world’, within 15 minutes, you have Benissa and Jalon which are the nearest towns. Valencia to the north, and Alicante to the south, are of course also well worth visiting.