Cap Prim forms the southern barrier of the wide bay of Jávea and affords
fantastic views to the north towards the mountain of Montgó and the
Cabo de San Antonio. It hosts a unique micro-reserve of plants that
makes it one of the most important ecological locations in the area with
an abundance of Cheirolophus, Diplotaxis and Limonium; this also means
that care should be taken to keep to the path and not cause irrepairable
damage to the beautiful landscape. (In May 1999, the Government of Valencia
formally establised this micro-reserve as
well as one in the bay of Portitxol.) The colourful cliffs of Cap Prim, a
mixture of grey and yellow marlstone, contrast superbly with the blue of
the sea. As we pass along the route towards the end of Cap Prim, there
is a small isolated cove to the left known as Cala Sardinera.
Archeaologists have discovered here six Roman amphorae used to transport
wine but the cove is probably best known for the sardine industry -
hence its name - when fine nets were drawn across the cove at sunrise
and sunset to make the catch. These days the cove is a popular anchorage
point for the many leisure craft that fill these waters during the
summer months. There is a small path that descends to the cove to
provide a variant to the established route.
The start is at the "Mirador Creu Portitxol", the picturesque
viewpoint marked by a small tosca stone cross that overlooks the coast
to the east with the island of Portitxol and the Cap Prim headland. The
route descends along a well-eroded path past a wooden information
board which outlines the natural history of the area as well as marking
the two walking routes from this location.
After a few
metres, the path divides with a wooden signpost indicating the two
possible destinations: to the right is the short walk to Cala Barraca
whilst our route descends left towards Cap
Prim. The first few metres of the path are steep although there are a
number of wooden steps and handrails to help if required, especially when wet. There are a
number of a small paths that lead off in all directions but you should
remain on the main route which is marked by the green-and-white painted
lines. A great deal of erosion over the past few years has resulted in a
number of detours having to be forced around the fragile landscape; a
few wooden barriers prevent one from getting too close to the weak edge
but care should still be taken.
After about 500m the path
breaks from the trees and passes onto the level area on which there is a
wooden signpost indicating the direction to Cap Prim (straight ahead). We continue onwards,
checking our way on with the route markers as the view to the right
opens up over the Cala Els Pallers towards the island of Portitxol. Look
out for the natural seat formed by a low wooden branch that provides a
perfect resting seat to admire this fantastic view.
path begins to climb towards the final ascent to Cap Prim. Stop and
admire the row of rocks known as "Els Pallers" which protect
the southern flank of a small cove which is enjoyed by hundreds of scuba divers
each year. A wooden handrail prevents one from getting too close to the
long drop to the rocks below! The path winds its way along the edge of
the cliff - keep your eye on the edge whilst admiring the views opening
up to the north - until it covers the last few metres of well-eroded
marlstone to the path end, marked by a wooden signpost. There is an
obvious path that continues towards the end of the headland but progress
is not encouraged to protect the fragility of the coastline as well as
the life of the walker!
To the north there is stunning
view of the coastline of the bay of Jávea, stretching from the cliffs of
Cala Sardinera and Cala Blanca to our left, along the low ancient
fossilised sand-dunes that makes up the rocky coastline and along to the
very tip of Cabo de San Antonio to the right, with the mountain of El Montgó
the dominant feature.
the south, across Els Pallers rocks, the
island of Portitxol sits apparently moored
fast off the coast; it's a private island
now but remains of roman habitation have
been found on its bulk, reflecting the fact
that this part of the coastline has long
been a natural harbour. Beyond the headland
is Cap Negre, its snout dropping steeply
into the sea.
Return via the same route.