Every year, walkers follow the so called “route of the poet” from Orihuela to Alicante to pay homage to Miguel Hernandez. Because this year marks the centenary of the birth of the Orihuela poet, you would expect this to be a very popular event and it is.
In fact a record four thousand five hundred people registered to take part in this walk which set off yesterday from Orihuela on the first stage which takes them from Orihuela to Albatera via Redován, Callosa del Segura,Cox and Granja de Rocamora - a distance of 22kms. This stage is always the most popular and therefore has the most participants.
The second stage, which will take place today takes the “senderistas” from Albatera to Elche via Saint Isidro and Crevillent - a total of 28kms.
The last stage will start from the Universidad Miguel Hernández in Elche on Sunday morning and take the walkers to Alicante where the poet died in prison. The route will finish at the cemetery where Hernandez, along with his wife, Josefina Manresa and his son, Manuel Miguel are buried. Thirty people from the Organización Nacional de Ciegos de España (the National Blind Organisation of Spain - ONCE) in Alicante will be joining the other walkers in this stage.
Because this year is special, there are two of these “sendas” organised; the second one will take place in November and follow the reverse route from Alicante to Orihuela.