Marjal de Pego-Oliva Natural Park
The Marjal de Pego-Oliva natural park has a seal of protected natural space since 1995. It is also one of the areas with the highest amount of rainfall per year. This allows underground rivers to exist due to the filtration of the rain and thus the areas of reeds flood after the rains. In this area, numerous plant and animal species coexist, such as ducks, eaglets and herons.
This Natural Park is situated north of Denia and the lower part of it lays in the province of Alicante while the northern part of it belongs to the province of Valencia.
How to get to the Marjal de Pego-Oliva natural park
This particular route begins in the urbanization of Monte Pego. Take the exit Dénia, on the AP-7 toll motorway and go North on the N-332 national road towards Oliva. Turn left on the CV-700 after approximately 5 kilometers. The entrance to the Monte Pego urbanization comes after another 3 kilometers on the left side. There is the possibility to park your car at the entrance of this neighborhood or at the carpark just behind it.
If you have a bike rack on your car you can bring your bikes and cycle the route in about 3 hours. When you prefer to walk the route it takes about 4 and a half hours to complete it. Be aware that the route crosses the main road a few times. Therefore we advise you to watch out and if you want you can wear a reflective vest for extra safety. Do not forget to bring your charged mobile phone and a good camera. It is obvious that you want to take pictures of the beautiful landscape and the animals and plants that live and grow there.
The Pego-Oliva natural park route
After the car is parked use the bicycle lane parallel to the road and start to walk. After you pass a house a gas station comes insight. Cross the road on at this gas station because on the other side of the road you find yourself in the Natural Park.
Shortly after the beginning of the route, there is a large area of water. Lots of birds live here and often move as if they are posing for a picture. When the water of this lake is clear enough you can see fish, like carp, in their natural environment.
The path continues to a junction next to a green house. Many fishermen frequently come to this area and try to have a good catch. Go north and pass the green house.
The way back
The path now stretches between several ponds on each side until we reach the CV-678 road that divides the Natural Park in half. After you reach this road the path to return to your car is a few meters to the right. This part of the path is almost straight and takes you through another beautiful part of the Natural Park. Here you can see birds, like herons, fishing for a meal. And with a bit of luck, you can also spot the river crabs living in the shallow waters.
As always we recommend you to bring enough water and some snacks. Although the park is full of wetlands and water areas it is not advised to drink from it.
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