El Portet Tower

Description of Site – This is more of a pleasant fitness testing walk then a birding site but the views are magnificent. The initial climb is fairly steep on a single file rocky path (although holidaymakers in flip-flops have been seen at the top!). The path then levels off for the second part, and the area actually around the tower is easy. The round trip takes about an hour. The tower is at an elevation of 165m and looks down on El Portet Bay to the south, and the rugged cliffs between it and Cabo de la Nao to the north. It is a good spot for migrants, and the cliffs are ideal raptor territory. Birds seen here include; Black Redstart, Thekla Lark, Black Wheatear and Greenfinch.

Directions – To reach El Portet please consult the directions for Granadella. If going directly to El Portet then at the top of the hill in Teulada carry straight on for Moraira. On reaching Moraira´s dual carriageway carry straight on with the large free car park (also doubles as a Friday market) on your right. At the next roundabout (BBVA bank at 10 o´clock) turn left and carry on for 100m to the next roundabout, where you veer right for El Portet. At El Portet the road runs out at the sea. There is a free car park on the right some 150m before you reach the sea.

It is recommended that you drive a little nearer to the start of the walk. To do this, just before (around 40m) you reach the sea take the left turn up the hill (there is a restaurant on the corner). Carry on up this road until you reach a Tee junction (may actually be a crossroads with a track straight on, as my memory fails me!) and turn right. After another 200m there is a rubbish area and concrete electricity building on the left. Turn left after this. After a further 200m turn sharp left up the hill. At the top of this dead-end, but wide, road the path runs off from the left. Cars can be left on the road. If you are visiting after Granadella, go back from Granadella to Benitatxell. Proceed up the main street to the previously visited crossroads and turn left for Moraira. This road joins with the one from Teulada some 2 km north of Moraira. After climbing the Tower, the cafes along the small seawall in El Portet are ideal for a spot of recuperation.