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Polop - Cami del Bovalar - Casa del Dios - Collado del Llam - Monte Ponoch - Coll del Pouet  - Polop





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How to get there: Drive on the CV 70 to Polop from La Nucia. At the roundabout on the northern side of Polop, turn left uphill, continue some 400 meters and fork left. Park at the Bar Kiosco en Sueño on your left. (Roadmap of Marina Baixa)

Distance: 5h20min/20 km

Start out by turning on the "Cami del Bovalar" by the "Bar Kiosco en Sueño" (240 m). You are walking towards Monte Ponoch that dominates the landscape of Polop. This narrow asphalt road with white-yellow waymarks bends right (2min) and meets a wide asphalt road (10min) (270 m). Cross it just before you reach the roundabout and continue left on a  narrow road. It bends right and turns into a sand road (26 min) (330 m). When you reach a small clearing with signs, turn left uphill for Cami de Guard Dar and Cami de L'Almasere (30 min) (350 m).

The road follows the gorge of Gulapdar. On its opposite side rises Monte Ponoch.

On your way to Casa del Dios ignore all tracks and paths that fork from the main road. Casa del Dios (1h10min) (645 m) is a blue building with a name plate on it. By the house you find a number of signs including "Monte Ponoch, 4.5 km". Turn left on this signposted road. Looking northwest you can see Sierra Aixorta over the terraces. In the east you enjoy views to Polop and the sea.

The road narrows into a track that forks by a small cottage on your left (1h18min) (695 m). Go right uphill. You walk through meadows full of flowers. Follow the waymarks that lead you on a path. In the Pass of Llam (Collado del Llam) (1h50min) (895 m), you find again a sign for "Monte Ponoch, 3 km". Follow the sign left uphill. Some 15 meters higher up, you see a cave which is a good place to take a break.

When the path forks, keep left (1h56min) (920 m). Puig Campana rises in front of you. The path takes you to a saddleback, where you find another sign for "Monte Ponoch, 1.8 km" (2h03min) (975 m). Follow the sign left uphill. Keep an eye on the white-yellow waymarks, and pay attention when they guide you right uphill. If you lose the waymarks, go back until you find them again.

From the slope you have an eagle's eye view of the Collado del Llam lined by an orange rockwall. Looking southwest you see Monte Castellet, a semicircular wall crowned by jagged teeth.

On top of the Ponoch (2h35min) (1180 m), you find a wooden cross. The panorama encompasses all the great peaks of Puig Campana, Aitana, Aixorta, Bernia, Ifach and Helada. Behind the town of Callosa dÉn Sarria you can see the dark Ferrer and the reddish Montgo.

Walk back to the saddleback, and, by the sign (3h), look down to the left where you see a white-yellow waymark on a very steep path. Take this path, descend to 925 meters, and then keep right on the gently descending path, close to the sheer wall on your right. Do not go down to the sand road you can see below you.

The path comes to Pass of Pouet (Coll del Pouet) (3h20min) (880 m), where you find a number of signposts and roads and paths to five different directions. Take the road for "Polop por Taberna Margoig" to east.

The road slopes downhill to a crossroads (3h50min) (605 m). Continue on the downhill road on your left.

When the road forks (4h10min) (475 m), go left downhill on the "Cami del General". At the next fork (4h30min) (330 m), bend left uphill to a wider road and turn left on this road that curves almost immediately sharp right. This road takes you to the roundabout on the CV-70 (4h50min) (255 m). Turn left, walk past one roundabout (4h55min), and go to a narrow asphalt road on your right just before you reach another roundabout (5h10min) (270 m). Turn right on this narrow asphalt road, which takes you towards Polop and back to the Bar Kiosco en Sueño (5h20min).

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