Finding the start was not straight forward and we drove up several wrong roads even ending up in someone’s private driveway, but finally found the start of the track which led up towards the ridge. Once at the ridge the track became a narrow mountain path which was good at times and occasionally indistinct but never for long. We enjoyed beautiful limestone flora, and lots of rosemary, thyme and Cistus (Rock Rose) – typical flora of Mediterranean mountains. I was glad to have long trousers on as some of the plants are very tough and spiky. We had excellent views of the coast from Montgo, all the way along to the Peñon, the huge rock that juts out into the sea at Calpe. We also could see much of the beautiful Jalon Valley with it's vineyards, almond groves, pretty villages and small towns all surrounded by the many rocky ridges and mountains.
Instead we returned the way we had come with the only thing putting a slight blot on the views being the coastal motorway far below. Away in the distance with the help of binoculars, we could make out the villa we were staying in, sitting on its little hillside and I felt pleased that we had found the route up this lovely mountain that we could see every day.
If you are ever out in the area and attempt this walk, an alternative linear walk can be made (two cards needed) by continuing along to the Col taking in the Tosal de Navarro (683m) en route and finishing at Pinos below the Bernia ridge where there are welcome refreshments available at the Pinos Restaurant.
Thanks to Mark and Don for a great day out, hopefully one of many more to come!