Guhyaloka is located in a mountainous area, on a very rough and remote road, which is difficult to access by car. At the bottom of our road is a climbers refuge which is called El Refugio, or Font de L’Arc, which can be reached by taxi, or your own car, without any problem, as it is at the end of a tarmac road from Sella.
The Guhyaloka support team will drive you up to Guhyaloka from the Refugio on arrival and drive you there at the end of your retreat.
If you are on solitary retreat, it is likely that we could pick you up from Benidorm or Villajoyosa and drop you off there as part of our weekly shopping trip. Shortly before your solitary retreat, we will be in contact with you about the possibility of picking you up from the coast, in which case you will only have to get from the airport to the Benidorm Bus Station or Villajoyosa.
The closest airport to Guhyaloka is Alicante. Generally it’s best to arrive in the morning to allow yourself time to get to Guhyaloka in daylight.
It is possible to take a taxi from the airport directly to the Refugio but this will cost around 90€ and take just under an hour.
If you are arriving by car then we ask you to leave it at the Refugio whilst you are on retreat.
Alicante Airport to Benidorm Bus Station
Buses depart from Level 2 of the airport, single ticket costs about 10€ and the journey takes 45 mins, departing on the hour starting at 8:00 and last one at 23:00. More info here.
Once you arrive at Benidorm Bus Station simply get a taxi to the Refugio. The taxi rank is to the left when you get off the bus, at the back of the Bus Station. The cost will be about 30€, and will take 20-25 minutes.
Alicante Airport to Villajoyosa
The journey to Villajoyosa is by bus from the Airport to Alicante city centre and then by tram to Villajoyosa.
From the airport you need to get the C6 bus to Alicante town centre. It costs a flat rate of 3.85€. You need to get off at Plaza de Los Luceros, which is a large roundabout. You should see a T sign for the tram stop called Luceros. It is the first stop on the tramline, so trams only go in one direction. The tram stop you need for Villajoyosa is called Creueta (not La Vila Joiosa), on the (red) L1 line. The fare from Alicante to Creuta is 2.50€
Once off the tram you need to head to the taxi rank – At the level crossing head down into town (in the direction of the sea) along the road, called Juan Carlos 1 (runs along the right hand side of the entrance to an underground car park). After a few hundred metres you will meet the main road through La Villajoyosa where there’s a small square, Plaza de la Generalitat, you then need to take a left and walk up towards the Valor cafe which is on the right side of the street and you will find a taxi rank. Please note: If there are arrangements to meet you at Gusta Pizza it is Gusta Pizza in La Villajoyosa not in El Campello.
If you think you are going to be late for the agreed pick-up time at the Refugio, when you get in a taxi, phone Guhyaloka to say you are just leaving La Villajoyosa, stating the time of the call, so that the support team can set off to meet you at the pick up point at the Refugio (Font de L’Arc). Call the Guhyaloka Office Telephone on 647240791 (prefix 0034 if using a UK mobile), which has a voice mail service if no one is in the office. Please note that there is no phone at the Refugio (although there is some mobile phone coverage) and the nearest phone is in Sella, a village 4 km away.
Take a taxi to the pick up point at the Refugio (a mountaineer’s refuge in the hills near us), pronounced ‘re-fyoo-hee-o’, or ‘Font de l’Arc’ (the name in Valenciano). The Refugio is near to Sella (pronounced say-yuh). The taxi ride should cost about 20-25€ and take 20 minutes. Once at the Refugio wait for the pick up.
Please let us know when you are arriving (flight details etc) at least a week in advance so that we can arrange for someone to be around to meet you.