The 'Desert de les Palmes', a desert full of life

Publishing date 19/04/2016

The landscape of the 'Desert de les Palmes' in the province of Castellon, is dotted with monasteries, hermitages and the ruins of Castle Miravet and Montornés.
The 'Desert de les Palmes', a desert full of life

If you are looking for a vacation in which you can disconnect from the routine and meditate, all wrapped in a spectacular landscape, then you cannot miss one of the most beautiful spots of the Valencia Region. The Natural Park of the Desert de les Palmes, in the province of Castellon, is the opposite of a desert. It is a mountain full of life: its fauna and flora is varied and numerous, with some endemic species.

The desert's name comes from one of the great attractions of this place: the presence of the “Orden de los Carmelitas Descalzos”[1]. The Carmelitas call “Santo Desierto” those lonely places, to those who retire to devote their days to prayer and to the contemplative life. The other component of the name is due to the abundance of palm, the only European endemic palm.

“La Orden de los Carmelitas Descalzos” have left a legacy of monastic indescribable beauty in this coastal mountain range parallel to the coast of the province of Castellon. The landscape is dotted with the Carmelite Monastery of the 17th century, in ruins, and the current monastery, the 18th century. In addition, in some of the numerous routes through the park you will find several chapels, ruins of Castle Miravet and Montornés and the “Ermita de Les Santes”. Culture and nature, silence and rest, so necessary in these fast days.

[1]Orden de los Carmelitas Descalzos- is a Catholic mendicant order with roots in the eremitic tradition of the Desert Fathers and Mothers. (Discalced is derived from Latin, meaning "without shoes".) The order was established in 1593, pursuant to the reform of the Carmelite Order of the Ancient Observance by two Spanish saints, Saint Teresa of Ávila and Saint John of the Cross.

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