The Sierra De Irta National Park
The Sierra de Irta has rich, varied, indigenous vegetation and several hiking routes allowing visitors to see all nature has to offer in this area.
There are many walks suitable for all capabilities in the Sierra de Irta. Guided walks take place throughout the summer, information is readily available at the tourist information office on the sea front in Alcossebre.
Alternating rocky coves with tranquil beaches and bays, the sierras magnificent landscapes led to it being designated a national park.
The Sierra de Irta national park is located to the north of Alcossebre. A land of sea and light, where archeological excavations, castles, hermitages, wells and stone constructions give a unique personality to the area.
With several well marked routes for short and very long walks/hikes. This is a natural area over 13 kilometers long to the north of Castellon between Alcala de Xivert and Santa Magdelana de Pulpis, Peniscola and Alcossebre. A haven for wildlife, migratory birds and for fish, crustaceans, shellfish and molluscs.
An excursion into the mountains lets you discover a wealth of heritage with landmarks such as Alcala and Pulpis castles both built by the Moors centuries ago.
Alcala castle is well positioned high up in the Sierra de Irta, dominating the plains and the sea. The site has been used as a settlement since several centuries before Christ. Its structure and functionality have varied along with the passing cultures, but there remain two well differentiated parts that can be observed: Arabic and the Christian, which can be seen in the Muslim domestic architecture and the Templar fortress, and at the highest point, where the chapel once was.
Two mountainous ranges parallel to the sea and separated by the Estophet valley, make up the wild landscapes of the Sierra de Irta. Alcala de Xivert, proud of its traditions, a cradle of inspiration. The area is of spectacular historic and monumental significance.