The Algar waterfalls
The plan was to first swim in the natural swimming pools of Les Fonts de L'Algar and then visit Guadalest. We left in the morning at 9:00 am from our holiday villa in Jávea and arrived at the Algar waterfalls around 10:00 am. I had read somewhere that it can get very busy by noon and we did not want to arrive at the busiest time of the day. The day before the weather was bright, but that day it was fairly cloudy. With the cold water in mind, I had my doubts.
The water in the river turned out to be freezing cold and then it takes full sun to get me into the water. Personally I prefer a slightly warmer water temperature for swimming, like in the warm sea Jávea of Moraira. As always, I used the free GPS App “Here WeGo”, But this time she sent us a parcel to not get out. So the 4G turned on and with Google Maps we drove smoothly to Les Font de L'Algar.
The first parking on the right-hand side is free and is actually not that far from the entrance, but if you bring your packed lunch and some swimming bags, I would recommend that you park closer to a paid parking lot. The price for parking is everywhere 5 euros and the discount coupon that you get with it can be used in the accompanying restaurant and / or swimming pool. Address: Parking Center Fonts de l'Algar, 03510 Callosa d'en Sarrià, Alicante, Spain. The strange thing is that those restaurants all have a swimming pool. That says enough about how cold the water of the river is.
All days from 9.00 am to 8.00 pm (20u00 summer)
Be from June 15 to September 15 animals are not allowed. Prices range from 5 euros for adults, 4 euros for 65+ and 2 euros for children between 4 and 10 years old.
The opening hours of the Algar waterfalls vary according to the period.
Algar Waterfalls entrance
We drove all the way to the nearest parking lot and there were about 5 parking spaces left. So it started to get busy. We followed the flow of people to the entrance. We were told there that we were not allowed to take our folding chairs inside, but that we were allowed to leave them at the entrance. We usually avoid busy places like this, but I wanted to see the basins anyway. In the first part, just past the cash register, a waterfall is already coming down and you can swim there.
Instinctively we walked past it, because we wanted a quiet spot on the water. You can walk from basin to basin via the concrete paths and wooden stairs. Without a doubt this used to be a beautiful place, but now I thought it was too busy. Ok, I knew it was going to be busy, but it was really searching for a seat along the river that was not yet occupied. We found one upstairs on the other side of the river, right by the toilets. After we had "installed" ourselves we went into the water for a while.
The water was freezing cold and I stayed in it, but only for the picture. A little longer than planned, because people were constantly walking by who walked in the picture. The water was so cold that I thought "Take that picture quickly so I can get out again". Our children were not bothered by the cold water. They walked through the rivers and jumped from the rocks into the water, although it was a heated pool. I have been somewhat obliged by my daughter to jump off the rock together. Once in the water, I had almost no breath because of the temperature difference. They thought that was very funny. Be careful though.
Separate lunch corner
We had French bread with cheese for lunch and ate it on a rock by the river. You may not actually eat lunch there, a separate lunch corner is provided at the entrance. We saw the signs that showed this too late when we left for the mountain village Guadalest. There are five restaurants on the property. It became even busier around 2 p.m. and then left for the Eagle's Nest. Glad we saw the Algar waterfalls, but wouldn't really recommend it due to the crowds.