Shoes, Water, Camera.
de Tiro San Jerónimo
38° 48.228, E 0° 09.458
begin at the car-park of the shooting
range ("campo de tiro") where
we can leave the car. Walking back to
the road, we turn left and travel down
the tarmac for about 50m before taking
an obvious entrance to the right. Pass
around the red gate and continue towards
the trees and the huge bulk of El Montgó
ahead of us.
60m or so, the track bends to the left
but our route goes right through the
trees; there are white-and-yellow painted
route markers on trees at irregular
intervals to guide our way. After 150
metres or so, another wide track is reached and we turn
left to follow it past the entrance to the Denia shooting
range where there is a large wooden information board
which describes the routes and pathways in the area.
700m or so, after we have brokenout from the trees,
the eastern face of El Montgó dominates and the route
continues by taking the right fork which is clearly
signposted "MONTGÓ" and continues through
the high bushes either side before beginning to climb
more noticeably for 600m to another large wooden information
board which marks the start of the path to the summit
of El Montgó. To the east, we can look over the whole
plateau down to the lighthouse at Cabo de San Antonio
and, on a clear day, we might just spot the thin smudge
of the Balearic island of Ibiza on the horizon.
our steps some 200m, a path leads off to the right -
south - and after another 200m, look out for a
barely perceptible route marker on the right-hand side
of the path which marks the start of the narrow path
to the Cova Ampla, the celebrated "eye" of
El Montgó. Continue to follow the wide track as it bends
to the left and climbs slightly to reach a T-junction.
Turn right and follow the track for almost 800m, passing
through an obvious crossroads, to where another track
leads off to the right. Follow for just a few metres
and look out for a narrow track that leads through the
trees towards a ruined finca. Just beyond the ruins
opens up a fantastic view to the south.
the final leg back to the car, follow the wide track
that leads off to the left when you are facing the wonderful
view and it eventually returns to the main track. Turn
right and within a few hundred metres the track bends
to the right and returns to the main road where we retrace
our steps back to the car-park.