Before setting out, check the views that open from the lookout
point. The Valley of Pop stretches out from east to west. In its eastern
part rests the town of Jalon/Xalo.
Behind this valley rises the reddish mountain of Montgo. In the western
part of the valley you recognise the town of Parcent and the saddle like
mountain top of Cavall
Verd behind it. In the north you look over the Sierra
de Segaria to the sea.
Start out by crossing the CV-715 (600 m) to a path with waymarks of the
colors red-yellow-white. The path climbs to a sand road by the Berg Cafe Coll de
Rates (3min) (630 m). Turn right towards the top of Sierra del Carrascal de
Parcent. Soon the road turns into a concrete walkway (10min) (640 m). You have a
view to the mountains and over the coast. Most prominent peaks are Ferrer,
Bernia, Ponoch, Puig Campana, Aixorta,
Aitana, and Montgo. Lined by pine trees
the walkway snakes upwards revealing the tower blocks of Benidorm.
When you see the antenne in front of you, the concrete walkway ends (35min)
(865 m). The sand road curves left by the antenne (39min) (895 m), and opens an
outlook also to the western mountains - Monduber, Safor, Cavall Vert etc. - and
northwestern coast. Down in the valley is Parcent.
Soon after the antennas the road turns into a concrete
walkway, which ascends
to a wooden cottage with more antenne (45min) (930 m). From here the route
continues along a path signposted to "Cumbre Carrascal" and furnished
with the red-yellow-white waymarks. The path forks immediately. Keep right
uphill. When you meet a small cabin and antenne (50min) (980 m), fork right, up
to the crest of the
mountain. You stay on the right path, if you follow the
From the highest point (1h03min) (990 m) the path descends to a grassy plain,
where you might encounter sheep and goats (1h16min) (970 m). The path becomes
less clear, but if you keep right and follow the waymarks, you will stay on the
The path keeps ascending gently to the Tossal de Polupi (980 m) and then
descends through the plain of Mallada to a fork (1h36min) (905 m), where
you turn right following now the white-yellow waymarks. On your left rise the
northern slopes of Cordilleras.
Down in the valley you see the town of Benichembla
and Cavall Verd.
When the path descends to the next fork
(1h50min) (835 m), go right. Immediately after that you meet another fork, where
you take the path to the left, downhill to the
east. Also at the following fork,
you continue left downhill towards Parcent (1h55min) (820 m). Soon you discern
the Berg Cafe Coll de Rates in the distance.
Little by little the path curves to the south, and comes to a wooden signpost
pointing left to the cave of Coloma (Cova de la Coloma) (2h20min) (680 m). The
cave is some 30 meters downhill from the signpost (670 m). After visiting the
cave return to the signpost and continue on the path, which ends at the Foia
fountain (Font de la Foia) (2h40min) (520 m). From here take the sand road.
If you want to return to the lookout spot straight away, follow the sand road
to the CV-715, and turn right. It takes about 30 minutes from the fountain to
the lookout spot.
The route however continues along a path, which forks left downhill from the
sand road and is furnished with the white-yellow waymarks (2h44min) (505 m). You
come to the beginning of a concrete road (2h58min) (370 m), which crosses an
asphalt road and continues as a sand road (3h10min) (300 m). Ignore all roads
that fork right until the road seems to end by a house and you see a path with a
red arrow pointing to the left (3h17min) (285 m). Take this path which soon
returns to the road.
When you reach the CV-720 (3h33min) (270 m), turn right on it. Soon you see a
wooden signpost and a narrow asphalt road on your right (3h35min). Start walking
on this road which later turns into a sand road. When the road forks, go left
following the sign (3h47min) (300 m), but do not follow this road when it curves
left almost immediately after the fork. Instead, take the track, which ascends
Soon the track peters out into a path (3h51min) (320 m), which stays close to
the electricity line almost all the way to the CV-715. When the path forks, go
right (4h25min) (540 m). Soon after the fork, you reach the lookout spot