Desert de les Palmes Nature Park

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This coastal range of mountains, rising up from the otherwise flat La Plana district, extends through the municipal areas of Benicàssim, Borriol, Castellón de la Plana, Cabanes, Oropesa and La Pobla Tornesa. The name of the so-called Desert of the Palm Trees does not refer to an actual desert, but historically relates to a Carmelite monastery where a spiritual refuge was sought. The area is home to numerous pine trees, cork oaks, shrubs and aromatic plants. Les Agulles de Santa Àgueda is a site richly endowed with reddish cluster pines from which magnificent views can be gained. Other points of interest are the Bartolo peak (729m), the castles of Miravet and Montornés, the Carmelite convent or hermitage of the Les Santes. The Bartola information centre is located in the park (kilometre 7.8 along the Magdalena-Desert road, tel. 964 76 0727).

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