La Cova de L’Aigua is located on the northern side of the Sierra del Montgo, Denia. It is one of our favorite hiking excursions since it fuses nature and history in one place.
The views are magnificent, and even more from the mouth of the cave, where we appreciate a great panoramic view of the city. Besides this place is a very special archaeological place since here there is a curious inscription made by a Roman soldier on a rock.
At the end of the cave cavity, there is a water fountain that was a sacred sanctuary in the times of the Iberians (s. IV and V), and later (s. XVI) served as a water reservoir, which was channeled for human consumption, and even to irrigate crops at the foot of Montgo.
We access the Cova de L’Aigua from the Hermitage of Pare Pere. Our point of reference is a chain that prevents the passage to motor vehicles, from here we begin the ascent to the Cova de l’Aigua!
In the beginning, we will walk along pleasant forest tracks and later, a path will allow us to ascend through a steeper terrain to the mouth of the cavity. Anyway, there are indications along the way to not deviate.
As we ascend, the landscape becomes more impressive, giving us spectacular views of the entire Gulf of Valencia, the mountains of La Safor, Cullera, the Mediterranean Sea and, even on clear days, the Island of Ibiza, east on the horizon.
The section is declared a micro-reserve of the Montgo, where a great variety of plant species abound. There is a path for hiking, so we can avoid any impact on nature.
We arrive at the entrance of the cavity after overcoming steps of considerable height. Only the initial sector of the cave is accessed. The visit requires a flashlight. After times of heavy rains, it will be flooded.
During the ascent, the presence of ferns such as polipodium (Polipodium cambricum), or plants such as Rusco (Ruscus aculeatus), and many other types of the humid areas of the Mediterranean mountains are frequent; such as the “holy herb” (Carduncellus dianius), the “desferracavalls” (Hipocrepis Valentina) or the rocky scabiosa (Scabiosa saxatilis), among others. We must not forget that we are in a micro-reserve of flora and that many of these plants around us are strictly protected.