On day 2 of our trip to Spain, Connor and I hiked up Montgo, the big mountain that towers over Javea. We got a bit lost and ended up spending 6 hours on the mountain, most of it off the path in thick bush.
Montgo Nature Park is situated between the towns of Javea and Denia in the Province of Alicante. We had a tough time even just trying to find the entrance to the park, with Google Maps sending us on a bit of wild goose chase. The recommended hiking route starts at a shooting range on the Javea side of the mountain, but we somehow ended up on the other side, near the town of Denia.
At some point we lost track of the path and found ourselves hiking through some pretty rugged terrain, full of thorny plants, steep slopes and loose rocks. There were a few hairy moments, including me slipping on some loose rocks and falling face-first into a bush. Another time I walked into a wasp nest.
An hour or two into the hike we spotted the shooting range where we should have started from, and we tried to make our way towards where we thought the trail would be. Unfortunately, we had gotten ourselves so far off the beaten track that we never managed to find our way onto the path, and so we just carried on trekking up towards the summit through increasingly treacherous terrain.
After a few hours, with our water running low, we decided to turn back. Although we ultimately failed to reach the summit, we did enjoy some very nice views during our 6 hour hike.
Reading about the local flora and fauna
Spiky plants and butterflies were both abundant
Looking down on the town of Javea
Coming down was almost as hard as going up
Trying to figure out how to get back to the other side of the mountain, where we parked the car
There should be a path round here somewhere, but where is it?
We finally found our way back to the main path
Outskirts of Denia