This mythical mountain range, singular and of the highest tradition in the Valencian hiking, extends its domains by three different regions such as the Vall d’Albaida, the Comtat and l’Alcoià. It has recently been declared a natural park and more than half of its protected area belongs to the Villa Valldalbaidina of Bocairent. It has a width of about 5 kms and a total length of about 30 kms and has the Montcabrer (1389 m), the Contador (1232 m) and the Alto de Mariola (1158 m) as the most remarkable summits.
Numerous rivers are born in this mountain range that has traditionally been known for the abundance of water and the many sources it has, so the rivers Vinalopó, Agres, Serpis and Clariano begin here the race that will lead them to the Mediterranean Sea.
The most characteristic note of the Sierra Mariola is the diversity and richness of its aromatic plants that make it known everywhere; Thyme, rosemary, savory, horehound, sage are present and are used for medicinal and aromatic uses. It also highlights the presence of holm oaks, pine forests and the southernmost yew forest in Europe.
There are marked trails that will take us to the main patrimonial resources that we find in it, like the numerous wells of snow; Witnesses of the ancient commerce of the snow so widespread in these regions, but also to the hermitages, the masías, glaciers etc.
We recommend you visit the most important snow holes of the Mariola; “Cava de l ‘habitació”, “Cava Arqueada o Gran”, “Cava del Buitre” and finally the “Cava de Don Miguel”.
The walking trails we find in this section are the following: