Montgó Natural Park

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South slope of Montgó from Jesús Pobre

The calcareous massif of Montgó , located between the coastal towns of Xàbia (Jávea) and Dénia, was declared a Natural Park in 1987. The protected area extends to the coast, giving rise to the Cap de Sant Antoni Marine Nature Reserve (Cabo de San Antonio), declared as such in 1994, due to the importance of its seabed.

The great proximity of the Montgó to the Mediterranean means that its 752 meters in height form an abrupt elevation, visible from the entire Marina Alta region. The Montgó is one of the best natural viewpoints in Alicante, and it is easy to see the nearby island of Ibiza from its top.

As for its environmental values , the presence of more than 650 species of flora stands out in the Montgó, many of them endemic (they only exist in this area of the planet). We are talking about plants such as Carduncellus dianius , popularly known as “card sant”.

Articles about the Montgó in LinkAlicante

Official Routes of El Montgó Natural Park

The main access point to the Montgó Natural Park is found at the Hermitage of Pare Pere (you can consult this map to find out how to get there). There we find a panel with information on the different trails in the Natural Park.

In LinkAlicante you can consult the article about climbing to the summit of Montgó via the Camí de la Colonia and returning via the Cova de l’Aigua . A route of high difficulty that combines several of the trails of the natural park.

Hiking trails on the Montgó
Indicator panels at the foot of Montgó

Like the rest of the natural parks in the Valencian Community, El Montgó Natural Park has a series of official routes, among which we find the following:

Route to Racó del Bou

  • Distance: 2.6 kilometers
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Slope: 100 meters
  • Difficulty: easy-medium

Route to the Cova de l’Aigua

  • Distance: 1.6 kilometers
  • Approximate time: 1 hour
  • Elevation: 200 meters approx.
  • Difficulty: medium-easy

Route to the Cova del Gamell

  • Distance: 5 kilometers
  • Approximate time: 2 hours.
  • Slope: 120 meters
  • Difficulty: easy-medium

Route to the top of Montgó

  • Distance: 7 kilometers
  • Approximate time: 3.5 to 4 hours
  • Slope: 650 meters
  • Difficulty: high
  • Remarks: It shares the route with the route to the Cova del Camell, from where the ascent to the top begins.
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