The Serra Calderona Natural Park, declared as such on 15th January 2002, covers an area of 18,019 ha. Located between the provinces of Castellon and Valencia, it is constituted by a NW-SE mountain range that separates the basins of the rivers Turia and Palancia and extends through the administrative regions of Alto Palencia, Camp de Morvedre and Camp de Turia. The municipalities that fall within the Park are: Altura, Albalat dels Tarongers, Algimia d’Alfara, Estivella, Gátova, Gilet, Marines Vell, Náquera, Olocau, Sagunt, Segorbe, Segart, Serra and Torres Torres. It is one of the most valuable natural sites in the Valencia Region, and one whose natural physical characteristics provide it with an exceptional ecological and scenic interest. Its rugged terrain, crowned by “Montemayor” (1,015 m.), “El Gorgo” (907 m.), “Rebalsadors” (802 m.), “L’Oronet” (742 m.) and “El Garbí” (601 m.), and the presence of both carbonated and siliceous materials, have led to the growth of wide diversity of forest and scrub habitats that favour the existence of many species of flora and fauna.
The cork forest constitutes one of the most important habitats due to both its ecological value and its relationship with popular culture and to the traditional uses of forest resources that have characterized past generations. Unfortunately, human activity and forest fires have led to a scattered distribution of cork trees and a decrease in the characteristic vegetation of the Serra Calderona range, which has been dominated by pine, scrub and grassland. The numerous archaeological finds and the rich architectural heritage distributed throughout this natural area are testimony to the history and the traditional culture that has characterized and characterizes this mountain range.
Sierra Calderona NP Technical Office
C/Senda de la ermita nº 1 Bajo
46119 – Nàquera
Tel.: 96.168.1993 – 6126.96.36.199