Almansa – Higueruela (38,4 km)
If you don’t think you’ll be able to walk the 38 km to Higueruela, after passing the Carrascal, you can detour to the town of Alpera along the Ruta de la Lana (Wool Route), where there is accommodation. From there you can reach Higueruela by a road duly signposted by the Friends of Alatoz.
From Almansa, take Aragón Street (behind the church), there are some very nice mansions, cross José Hernández Street, and continue through the park, turn left onto Jorge Manrique, then follow Ayora Avenue to the hostel “Los Rosales”, where you cross to the left to walk along the main road for about 500 metres, cross to the right by a dirt path, pass the motorway through an underground passageway, turn left and follow the service road. After the overpass, leave this road to follow the way to San Antón, cross the Rambla del Pantano and continue to the old mill on the edge of the hermitage of San Antonio. Continue to the left, going up gently towards the northwest for a short stretch. When you reach a fork, continue on the right: there is a sign for Private Hunting Reserve painted on a plaque of prohibited direction.
The direction now is North, then it will be West bordering the plateau of the Mugrón. On the way: atocha, juniper and rosemary perfume the environment. About two hours of walking until you get to the CM-3201 road, which leads to Alpera, cross and follow the way to the front and, without climbing the bridge, turn right and follow the train track. After about 2.5 kilometres, the path takes us to the right and immediately turns left, cross the track over a bridge and enter El Carrascal. Take the path on the right that crosses the houses on the estate, and continue westwards along a good dirt track. At 1 kilometre there is a fork on the right, (Wool Route variant), which leads to Alpera, where there is a hostel, town hall tel.: 967 330 001 and after 2:30 p.m. call 652 813 244, local police. There are hostels.
The road to Higueruela does not deviate, it goes straight on. You pass in front of the Los Hondos estate: the second house has a fountain at the door. Follow this road for another hour, turn right and continue along the overpass on the road almost north, then turn left and follow the Alpera-Higueruela road with little traffic. It passes through the Casillas de Marín de Arriba farmstead. From here there are 9 km between pines and cereals to the town of Higueruela.
The route through the town is marked with scallop pottery. The road goes out to the CM-3209 road, follow Constitución Avenue, Levante Street, Santa Quiteria and Travesía de la Plaza until the Plaza Mayor, where the hostel is located. Higueruela belongs to the association Monte Ibérico-Corredor de Almansa. It is a hospitable village located on the slope of Mount Santa Bárbara la Vieja. Its oldest church, now in ruins, was dedicated to Santa Barbara; the new church is dedicated to Santa Quiteria and dates from the late 18th century. From the mound where it is located, there is a wonderful panoramic view. They are lands of atocha (esparto), rosemary and juniper.
- Municipal pilgrim hostel: Call the Town Hall to inform of the arrival, telephone 967 287 180 (from 8.00 to 15.00 hours), 2 places.
- Bar-Hostal La Posada: C/ La Posada, s/n. Tel.: 967 285 013.
- Town Hall: Avenida Juan Carlos I, 1. Tel: 967 287 180.