“These glacial streams are the perfect way to cool off in the strong Valencian sun. With pools, waterfalls, and plenty of dining options nearby – it’s a Hotel Bonalba trip must!“
The Algar Waterfalls are fantastic day trip if you are staying with us at Hotel Bonalba. They can be found on the outskirts of the village of Callosa d’En Sarria, aprox 50 minutes away from the resort. This famous nature spot provides an ample mixture of swimming, sunbathing, chilling and eating – and it’s a hotspot that’s used by both tourists and locals to enjoy the sunnier months.
Accessing the Waterfalls
You can get to the waterfalls by car, taking the CV70, which takes around 30 minutes or on public transport. Although this option takes much longer, you won’t have to worry about parking when you arrive, which can be quite tricky at peak hours during the day. That’s why we always recommend to get to the waterfalls a little early, particularly before Midday, as there will be less visitors, easier parking and more sunbathing spots to reserve for you and your family!
If you’re lucky (or early), you should be able to find a parking spot along the village road leading up to the waterfalls, however, there are plenty of local parking zones nearby which are just a ten to fifteen minute walk away from the entrance to the Algar.
Entrance into the Waterfalls
Entrance into the Algar waterfalls is €5 for adults and €2 for children aged 4 to 10. The ticket booth is the first place you’ll need to go, but don’t worry, you won’t need to reserve tickets in advance, and the waterfalls are rarely full. You may have your picture taken by one of the staff, but they do this to try and upsell you on a keychain later – purchasing is optional, of course.
You then have to ascend up some wooden steps to get to the base of the falls. We can’t recommend this for people with mobility issues, as there is no disabled access, however, everyone should wear a robust pair of shoes in order to traverse the sometimes slippery steps safely. After this brief bit of exercise, you’ll be rewarded with the stunning first glimpse of the falls…
Making your way upstream…
The beauty of the Algar waterfalls is that it’s both a hike and a swimming experience. You can slowly walk, paddle and swim your way up a series of waterfalls and streams, all the way into where the glacial falls start to move into the mountains!
It’s a fantastic, unique experience and there are plenty of spots to stop along the way for a short rest, sunbath or to enjoy your lunch!
And if you’re worried about your safety, don’t be. There are lifeguards positioned all along each waterway who watch closely to make sure everyone is having safe, enjoyable fun. Our top tip when ascending the waterfalls though is to go slowly, as some of the rocks can be slippery when wet and the currents can get moderately strong. Also, you should note that this is glacial water and can be very cold. However, many tourists find this to be the perfect temperature to “chill out” in the strong Valencian sun!
Making the most of your stay…
The waterfalls aren’t the only thing to enjoy while you’re at the Algar! The nearby town of Callosa d’En Sarria is a fun, lively tourist spot, with plenty of gift shops, restaurants and bars for you to enjoy while you’re there. You can easily arrive at the waterfalls in the morning, soak up the water, then enjoy a refreshing, hearty meal in the town centre before enjoying the rest of your afternoon by the water!
If you’re travelling with children, this is the perfect way for them to enjoy some aquatic activities if they’re a bit bored of the beach, and because the waterfall is a mixture of pools, sunbathing spots, rocks for climbing, and streams – it’s completely accessible for people of all age groups. Just don’t forget to bring a towel!