One of the most spectacular scenery of the Costa Blanca, 

the Natural Park of the Montgó -Parc Natural del Montgó is famous for the Mediterranean climate, and theform which presents peculiar characteristic: it descends steeply a few meters from the sea, creating stunning panoramas.

Located on the coast north of Alicante, near Denia, the Montgó hosts a flora and fauna extended from Mediterranean characteristics, which bring together many of the varieties that can be found in the Valencian Community.

View of Dénia from el Montgó
Dénia from el montgó – foto de flickr de usuario Esteban Chiner

The Montgo Natural Park was declared protected in 1987 – it covers an area of 2,117.68 hectares and is located 753 meters above the sea.

The passage of man from ancient times left behind a high cultural and archaeological heritage.

The bio-geographical location and natural boundary between different domains, their history and the weather allowed Montgó to host many endangered species.

And the plant diversity is one of the most important of the Western Mediterranean: over 800 species have their home in this magnificent park.

Natural Park of Montgó
Montgó – photo of flickr of Pierre Ramos

The Parque del Montgó (Montgó Natural Park ) includes the Cabo San Antonio and the plain of Las Planas, who acts as a link between the coast and the Massif itself.

Famous for its more than 650 species of flora, including endemic as Carduncellus Dianius, the Montgo’ reaches the sea at Cabo San Antonio.

At the cape’s feet lies the Natural Reserve of the seabed that bears the same name, declared in 1994 by the importance of its funds and the biodiversity they contain.

Broadly speaking – in addition to the 700 native species- the flora is a variety of  large expanses of shrubs, substantial patches of reef, cultivated areas – especially oranges, vines and almond trees.

The forests is dominated by pine forests, including emerge scrubland.

Cabo de San Antonio
Cabo de San Antonio – foto de flickr de usuario Jorge Sanz

As for the wildlife in the Natural Park, it is closely linked to these parts of the landscape and plant communities that grow in them.

Montgó rises above the plains of Javea, Denia and Ondara and reaches a maximum height of 753 m. above sea level. Its east-west orientation and the walls of large limestone define its presence.

His height, proximity to the sea and climate make Montgo one of the most unique places on the rich green environment on the Costa Blanca.

All this variety is home to many animal species, such as foxes, wild boar, badger or weasel for a total of 166 species of vertebrates.

WHAT TO SEE?


Are you here?Carefully observe the sky: hawks, owls and eagles are flying above!

In terms of animal species, it is remarkable the presence of Bonelli’s eagle and a pair of owls in the cliffs of the Natural Park, where there are also species of birds such as kestrels and peregrine falcons.

In addition, there is a large number of reptiles, not to mention the marine life that lives a few meters and attracts a considerable community of seagulls, the Caspian and the Sardinian, the shag.

eagle

Finally, the offer is completed with some interesting ethnographic areas, such as the ruins of  Iberian villages or some prehistoric caves.

The peculiar geography of this area, with large walls and gullies, as well as its strong contrast between the two sides, forming a series of habitats in which you can find a varied natural wealth.

Although no more than 1,000 meters, the Montgó belongs to the category of the magic mountains. It is not for the height.

Perhaps its charm lies in the beautiful silhouette shaped against the sea and that can be admired by distance.

FURTHER INFORMATION:


The Tourist Office of Denia is a point of information not only for the city but also to the Montgo’ Natural Park.
This means the possibility ‘to have a high quality and accurate information on the characteristics of the Natural Park, routes and activities that take place in it.

The PIC center Montgó Natural Park is located in:

Cami Bosc de Diana, Denia.
Tel. 96 642 32 05.