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La Cruz del Montgó de Dénia (La Creueta): how to climb, routes, tips and history

November 21 from 2020 - 01: 00

La creueta . It montgó It is at the top and is a symbol for Dianenses: if you sharpen your eyes on clear days you can intuit it from the city. Going up to the Creueta is a typical excursion for the people of Dénia. We explain why it is worth climbing and everything you need to know to do it.

Next you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with.

Routes

There are two ways to get to La Creueta:

  • The main part of Camí de la Colònia, Together with Pare Pere Hermitage. You just have to follow the directions to the top and at a specific point follow the sign that indicates Creueta herself, which is behind the rocks. This path has a estimated duration of three hours and is of high difficulty. Expand the information in the full article about this route. In addition, here are the indications from Wikiloc and the track to download.
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  • It also can arrive from Jesús Pobre, leaving the camí dels Mitjans. This climb takes a few 3 hours 45 minutes and it is also from high difficulty. Again, we leave you the Wikiloc itinerary and the link to download the track.

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Tips

It is very important that you wear mountain shoes or sports shoes adapted to stony terrain. There are many loose stones and the surface is steep. Of course you should bring water and some food, and be careful with the sun because there is no shade for much of the route: put on sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.

Take into account the duration of the journey to dose forces, and choose the hours with less sun. And always check the weather forecast for that day.

History

The current cross has been on the top of Montgó since 1999, when a helicopter lifted it there. But before this, there is evidence of several crosses: in the Municipal Archive a memory of the placement of the cross in 1951 is kept. Thanks to this organization, we also know that much earlier, in 1895, a cross was erected in the same location. .

The 1951 cross was climbed on June 10. We cite a curious part of the placement memory:

"The preparation work in our City began the previous Sunday June 3, moving a group of five people to the same place where the Cross had to be raised and despite the bad conditions of the day due to the fog and rain, The point where the primitive Cross previously rose was located, that is, in the natural pinnacle that, exactly, is opposite Diana Street, the highest point visibly and dominating the entire Region. "

On June 9, 1951 the cross was placed "at the foot of the bell tower of the Parish, so that it could be seen by all." And the next day, at 6 in the morning, the march to climb the cross to Montgó began, led by the authorities of the moment, including the mayor, Antonio Muñoz Cardona. A large delegation, also made up of people from the surrounding villages, arrived at Pare Pere, where a mass was celebrated. To continue the ascent, which becomes very difficult from this point on, the arms of the cross were removed. Upon reaching the exact point, the cross was painted for better conservation and it was placed vertically, finally at 16:00 p.m., ten hours after its departure from Dénia.

In 1957 it was repaired because it was "knocked down by the wind", as explained in l'Arxiu documentation. Whenever the cross has been broken or fallen due to storms, it has been restored.

At the top that faces Jávea There was also another cross, of which today only the base remains.

Features

The 1951 cross had these dimensions:

  • 7'50 meters high
  • 3'25 meters wide arms
  • 145 kilos of weight

Views

The panoramic view of Dénia is unbeatable: the coastline, the mouth of the port, the breakwaters, the city center, the urbanizations ... It is a point to see everything with perspective.

1 Comment
  1. Marta says:

    In 1951 my uncle Antonio Muñoz Cardona was mayor, a doctor and of whom I keep fond memories. He charged 500 pts that he allocated to the town. The marques de campo trees were planted with that money he collected. He was a doctor as I have said before but especially from the fishermen.


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