SIERRA DE IRTA

This 7,744 acre area of land and 2,448 marine hectares was declared a natural park by the Valencian government on July 16, 2002.

Ideal environment to carry out various sports activities such as; hiking, biking, running in a unique setting. In addition, the town hall organizes various hiking routes and popular races that you can participate in.

At the reception, our receptionists will give you the necessary information to carry out these activities.

The park protects the mountain range located in the Bajo Maestrazgo region (‘Baix Maestrat’ in Valencian) and the coastal zone in front of it.

The natural park is made up of two mountain ranges with a maximum altitude of 572 metres (Campanelles peak) parallel to the coast and separated by the Estopet valley. Due to its closeness to the sea, the mountains descend steeply forming numerous cliffs, coves, ledges and reefs over 12 km. The most important cliff is the Torre Badum.

These mountains have a typical mediterranean climate that is characterised by mild and rainy winters and dry and hot summers.

In this park one can find typical mediterranean vegetation, including the fan palm (Chamaerops Humilis L.)(the only palm endemic to Europe); the kermes oak, (Quercus coccifera L.); the lentiscus (Pistacia lentiscus L.); juniper Miera or Broja (Juniperus Oxycedrus L. var. Macrocarpa); the Albaida, (Anthhylis Cytisoides L.); Black Hawthorn, (Crataegus Calpodendron); ‘pine’,(Pinus Pinea); ‘fennel’, (‘Foeniculum Vulgare’), although it is possible to find more hardwood species such as the black sabina. Also noteworthy is the Irta geranium, very common in the sierra.

With it’s maritime wildlife the sierra has a unique fauna. With the Audouín seagull, shag, the common Madeiran storm-petrel and Eleonor’s falcon being noteworthy.