Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

The main attraction of Alicante is the fortress of Santa Barbara, located on top of a steep cliff. That's where I went as soon as I got to town and checked into a hotel. The shortest way to the fortress is up the steps of one of the alleys near the —Āhurch of St. Mary and the Museum of Modern Art. From San Juan street begins a wide pedestrian road leading to the fortress on the slope of mount Benacantil.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

The road passes through the park of La Ereta, built on the terraces of the mountain slope.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

If you are not in a hurry, take one of the paths that lead away from the main road.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

Here you can walk along the wooden floors, surrounded by flowering plants even in winter. By the way, today is January 3, I have a fierce cold at home, and here the bright sun and a warm breeze from the sea.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

In addition, the terraces of the Park offer stunning views of the Central part of Alicante.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

The Cordillera Betica and Sierra de Foncalent mountain ranges are clearly visible outside the city.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

Construction of the Park began in 1994. The main problem was to prevent erosion of the terraces during the rainy season, for which they were reinforced with concrete slopes and provided water drainage. The slopes are decorated with ceramic panels with scenes of rural life.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

In one place I saw such an interesting composition, similar to a memorial sign.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

As you get closer to the sheer rock on which the fortress is built, you can see several interesting creations of nature. Like this rock ledge, where you can see the head of a bull or horse if you have a fancy.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

Another result of the work of rain and wind, which resulted in the formation of a stone semi-Park, resembling a swirling crest of a sea wave.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

After about half an hour of leisurely ascent, I found myself at the walls of the fortress.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante

The park covers about 7 hectares, there are flower beds and alleys of olive trees, a cafe and restaurant, an exhibition hall, a children's playground. The Park is open from 8 am to 10 PM.

Parque de la Ereta, Alicante