Paisaje Protegido del Serpis
The river Serpis extends for 50km between Alcoy and its mouth in Gandia. The surface area of the river and its surroundings add up to a total of 10,000 hectares, forming an area which is unique in terms of its landscapes, environment and culture. As such, it was listed a Protected Landscape in the Region of Valencia in 2007.
The scenery reflects how humankind and the natural world can live together in perfect harmony. The villages and trails have become an integral part of the landscape and the cultivation lands have adapted to the topography of the area, respecting elements like the slopes and peaks of mountains.
The Mariola and Benicadell mountains in the north and the Safor, Cuta, Alfaro, Serrella and Aitana mountains in the south demarcate this stretch of the river Serpis, which runs throughout the provinces of Valencia and Alicante, connecting the mountains to the coast. Along its course, you will find everything from woodland to riverscapes populated with varied flora and fauna. Freshwater prawns, ide and barbel live in the water while golden eagle, wild boar and wildcats roam free and fly over the mountains. And they’re just the start of all the wildlife you can see here.
Along the course of the river, you will find towns and villages like Planes, Beniarrés, Muro de Alcoy, Cocentaina and Villalonga. You also won’t want to miss the mills that define this Protected Landscape: valuable architectural structures that must be conserved. We are lucky to have such a valuable area in the Region of Valencia, and it is the duty of each and every one of us to look after it.