is surrounded by a large recreation
area. In the parking place you find an information
board on the walking routes. Walk some 50 meters from the parking area (1050 m) on the CV-797, and turn right on a concrete walkway. Almost
immediately it turns into a narrow sand
road. Follow this road, and
ignore all side roads and tracks.
The road leads to the top of Menejador through one of the best
preserved native Mediterranean forests in Spain. The forests are made up
of holm oak, Mediterranean pines, ash, maple and cork trees, giving way
to shrubbery in the higher ground. If you take this route in Octobre,
you walk through a forest with autumn
On your way you pass the Coloma ice house (Cava Coloma) (45min) (1315
m). This round building on the right hand side of the road is 17 meters
Before reaching the top of Menejador, the road forks by a water tank
(1h) (1305 m). Both forks lead to the top (1h10min) (1350 m), where you
have a lovely view over the river
valley of Polop.
Return back to the water tank (1h20min), and take the track right
downhill. In two minutes you find a signposted path on your left. The abundant
foliage does not let through much sunlight, and on both sides tall trees
with climbing plants line the path. However, you can enjoy the views
to the valley of
Polop and Alcoi from
a lookout balcony.
path takes you back to the sand road (1h40min) (1100 m). If you want to
return to the sanctuary, go right. It takes less than ten minutes to
walk back to the parking place. If you want to see the northwestern and northern part of the park,
turn left. In Pla dels Galers (1h50min) (1185 m) turn right
on a path indicated by
a white arrow on a red square. Soon you have a lovely view over the
cultivated lands of the valley. The path descends to the shade of a giant
rock where it curves sharp left. Later the vegetation gets more lush.
Follow the red squares and turn right when you meet a signpost with a
red point (2h35min) (980 m). Soon the path comes close to the CV-797. Do
not start walking on the road, but look for the wooden steps uphill.
When the path come to the road for the third time, you have to walk
less than five minutes on the road back to the parking place (2h45min).