The Montgo mountain rose sharply up from my kitchen window. Its sheer face went drastically skyward, giving the impression of a photographer’s backdrop. Our Spanish villa was close enough that I could not see the summit meet the sky without leaning into the window and craning my neck.Living in Javea, Spain for eight months, with this impressive mountain startling me each morning, climbing El Montgó made it on our bucket list. It is possible to reach the top of Montgó from all sides, though we chose the route up its eastern slope. Rising 2,470 ft (753 meters) from the valley floor, the views of the coast and sea were magnifico. We heard on a clear day the island of Ibiza could be seen, though no such luck for us. The hike up took about three hours, giving us time for a quick lunch of chorizo, Manchego cheese, olives and a bottle of Spanish Rioja. We toasted our summit and headed back down.
Montgo FolkloreThe mountain and surrounding area has been designated a protected natural park for its unique flora and fauna and important archaeological finds: cave paintings, Stone-Age tools, Roman pottery and Muslim ceramics. Jávea folklore tells of El Montgo’s resemblance to the head and trunk of an elephant.
Where in Spain is the Montgo?: Located in the Alicante province of Spain, the Montgó divides the towns of Jávea and Dénia, with the Mediterranean Sea to its east. You can’t miss the mountain, the last spur on the Betics range; once you’re near, it’s impressive mass dominates the skyline.
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What’s on your bucket list? Climbing mountains, learning a new language, spending more time with your family… I hope you make it happen!