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Font de la Drova - Cova del Parpallo - Monduber - Solana Drova - Font de la Drova

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How to get there: Drive on the CV-675 to La Drova, which is on the southeast side of Barx. If you are driving from southeast to northwest, you find a sign for the Drova fountain (Font de la Drova) pointing to the left. You can see the fountain when you turn left from the CV-675. If you are coming from northwest, through Barx, there is no sign for the Font de la Drova. (Roadmap of Safor)

Distance: 3h10min/11km

By the Drova fountain (Font de la Drova) (380 m) you find signs for the Cova del Parpallo, Font de la Mongeta and Alt de l'Aldaia, all of them pointing left. The track takes you to a crossroads with signposts (2min) (380 m). Go straight ahead on the track for Monduber and Cova de Parpallo. On your right, streches the Alto del Aldaia.

The track crosses the CV-675 (12min) (385 m) to a paved road that starts ascending. You have suberb views over the valley of Gallinera lined by the Safor mountains.

At the Parpallo cave (27min) (435 m), which is behind a gate on your left, the road turns into a track. Parpallo cave is famous for its paleolithic art. The collection of cave paintings and limestone engravings is the richest in Europe covering the sequence from 20 thousand to 10 thousand years ago.

Later the track that starts from the cave peters out into a path (47min) (480 m). Start following the white-yellow waymarks towards Coll de la Rafela. When you see the northwestern wall of Monduber rising on your left, look for a path that forks towards it (55min) (520 m), but do not turn left before you check the views from the ridge of Peña Negra some 50 meters in front of you. Once you have marvelled the sea view, go back to the fork, and start following the white waymarks. The first one you find on a pine trunk some hundred meters further on the path. The waymarks are a little bit difficult to spot, but try not to lose them. The first part of the way is fairly easy to walk, but when you approach the top you have to start climbing. This part of the route requires a head for hights and scrambling skills. If you have both, the effort is most rewarding. There are two narrow ridges that open views to both northeastern seaside, all the way from Dénia to Cullera, and southwestern valleys and mountains

At the top (1h35min) (770 m), the path starts ascending gently to the antennes. By the antennes, you have another splendid sea view, and the path joins a concrete road (1h45min) (830 m). Now you have a great panorama of the valleys below including the northern plains where you see a number of paths.

The road comes to a gate (2h15min) (600 m), which is usually locked to keep unauthorised cars away. Go round the gate and continue downhill to the Drova valley. When you come to a crossroads (2h45min) (465 m), go left to the downhill street.

Cross the CV-675 (3h) (370 m), and turn left to a track (3h01min) that takes you back to Font de la Drova (3h10min).


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