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El Montgó Nature Reserve

Keen hikers and climbers holidaying in Benidorm should not miss out on a visit to El Montgó Nature Reserve. Situated between the towns of Xábia and Dénia, about a 50 minute drive from Benidorm, the reserve's crowning glory is Montgó itself, a large mountain that forms par of the Cordillera Prebética Mountain Range. Viewed from Xábia, some say the mountain looks like the head of an elephant and is fondly referred to as Old Monty. It plays an important role in the ecology of the country and is home to some of the most rare and unusual flora & fauna in Spain. Due to this fact, the reserve was declared a Protected Nature Reserve in 1987.

El Montgó Nature Reserve

El Montgó Nature Reserve surrounds the mountain, and including its coastal section encompasses 2150 hectares of fascinating wilderness, caves, cliffs and rock formations. Hiking trails can be found throughout the reserve, and for the more enthusiastic hikers and climbers, there are trails to the summit of the mountain from all sides where climbers are rewarded with panoramic views all the way to the island of Ibiza. Of all the routes up the mountain the easiest one is from the area known as Les Planes, and the most demanding is from Cabo San Antonio.

For those who want a more sedate day out, the lower valleys and plains of the reserve offer less strenuous hiking and mountain biking trails, where you can take in the beauty of your surroundings and find a cool, shady spot to enjoy a packed lunch. Alternatively, if you don't want to be burdened with bags or rucksacks, the nearby villages and towns offer a good selection of cafés, bars and restaurants. The fish and seafood of the region is particularly tasty and you will find it featured on most restaurant menus.

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