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From Peñíscola to Castellón de la Plana
Your route begins by taking you past two coastal areas that are now nature reservations and have therefore not been urbanized. These are La Serra d'Irta and the Cabanes-Torreblanca marsh. Towards the end of your journey you will enter a protected mountain area called El Desert de les Palmes. This part of the coastline is blessed with expanses of untouched land: pebble beaches, coves, wetlands, small cliffs, tracts of vegetation with endemic plants and nesting areas. This natural habitat is of incalculable value and is the human element simply enhances it. The cultural, ethnographical and anthropological influences of the local people have made Sierra de Irta Nature Park and El Prat de Cabanes-Torreblanca into places that boast monuments from past civilizations worthy of preservation, such as irrigation ditches, peat bogs, water wheels, dry stone walls, dry stone beds for cultivating crops, farms, springs, pits, wells, coastal watchtowers and castles.The mountain area of Desert de les Palmes Nature Park is a historical area of religious importance, boasting a monastery and numerous hermitages, all situated in an area of immense natural beauty. The reds and greens of the rocks and craggy slopes combine with spectacular views and tracts of palm, holm oak and pine trees to provide a veritable treat for the eyes. This area is also home to the historical city of Peñíscola, the provincial capital of Castelló de la Plana.
Route: From Peñíscola to Castelló de la Plana, visiting Alcalà de Xivert, Torreblanca, Cabanes, Orpesa y Benicàssim.
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