LA PUEBLA DE SAN MIGUEL NATURAL PARK

LA PUEBLA DE SAN MIGUEL NATURAL PARK

Declared a Natural Park on 25th May, 2007, La Puebla de San Miguel Natural Park lies in the western foothills of the Sierra Javalambre range, in the administrative region of Rincón de Ademuz. Its 6,390 hectares have been managed for centuries both by the local administration and by the local population in a sustainable, environmentally-respectful manner, the proof of which can be seen in the rich flora that inhabits the area. Altitudes ranging from 900 metres in “Piqueras” to the 1839 metres of highest summit in the Valencia Region, “El Alto de las Barracas”, make for a wide variety of ecosystems.

We find riparian formations near ravines and small streams, holms oaks and gall oak forest in the lower areas, towering formations of juniper, dense pine forests and, in the mountains, attractive creeping juniper formations. One of the most notable features is the large number of ancient, and even millenary, trees, many of which have been classified as monumental. They can be seen in formations such as “Las Blancas”, a group of ancient junipers that have survived to the present in a fine state of preservation. Completing the rich landscape and botany of this environment, we find numerous examples of a culture that stretches from ancient Iberian sites to traditional constructions destined to the traditional activities of the area. The Church of Saint Michael, chapels, lavoirs, numerous springs throughout the territory, livestock pens, shelters, caves, limestone quarries, traditional trails, etc., are some of the elements of the rich ethnographic and cultural heritage that can be found when walking through this rural mountain village.

La Puebla de San Miguel Natural Park Office C/ Abadía nº 3

46140 Puebla de San Miguel (Valencia)

email: parque_puebladesanmiguel@gva.es

Telephone: 660 127 491

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