Les Fonts de l’Algar

The Algar is a river in the Spanish province of Alicante in the autonomous community of Valencia. The river has a length of 20 km and rises on the southern flank of the Serra del Ferrer. The river flows into the Mediterranean at Altea.

Near the town of Callosa d’en Sarrià in the foothills of the Sierra de Bernia, the river forms a series of waterfalls called the Fonts de l’Algar (Catalan: Fuentes del Algar), which are a tourist attraction (accessible for a fee) ). You can swim in the small, natural and artificial pools surrounded by lush Mediterranean vegetation.

Just past the waterfalls the Rio Bolulla joins the Algar and at the height of the urbanization Santa Clara, at the Ermita de San Lorenzo, follows the Rio Guadalest. Due to climatic conditions and the extraction of water for the supply of drinking water and for the irrigation of agricultural land (especially for the cultivation of medlars, oranges and lemons), the course of the Algar from the waterfalls has been virtually dry for most of the time. The water of the Rio Guadalest is already being collected in a reservoir near the town of Guadalest.

Both the Fonts de l’Algar and the lower reaches of the Algar have been given the (protected) status of wetlands.