Sierra del Serral

Road access:
We can get there from the RM-424 road (Yecla-Pinoso). At the 9,5 kilometres point, in the place called El Portichuelo, we take a road on the right going over the shadows of the mountain range through the slopes. To go across a large part of the sunny spots, we take an asphalt road on the right at kilometre 10.

The best time of year to visit:
Throughout the year.

The main points of interest are:
Peña del Sol, Boquera del Carche and El Castelar.

Visit conditions:
Hiking activities carried out in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way don’t require license.


Location:
In the south of the town of Yecla.
An area of approximate:
1,700 hectares.
Altitude:
600 – 954 metres above sea level.
Protection regime:
A part of the mountain is declared a Site of Community Importance and Woodland of Public Benefit.
Administrative authority:
Yecla Town Council
Topography:
It’s a mountain ridge formed by an arch-shaped thrust fault which is highly fractured.
Vegetation:
There is a significant difference between shaded and sunny spots. Pine woods predominate in the first ones, while the second ones are dominated by esparto fields, dotted with some pines in some areas.
Fauna:
There are several species of birds of prey, wood pigeon, jay, red-billed chough, crested tit, large psammodromus, wild boar, fox, badger.


What’s so special about it?:
The appearance of the mountain range is wild, with prominent ravines trapped between the hillsides.
The summit of this mountain range, known as Capilla del Fraile, is 1,237 metres high, which makes it the highest point in the municipality of Yecla. It’s populated by a dense Aleppo-pine woodland, with large-sized old specimens. Above an altitude of 950 metres the holm-oak wood can be seen, together with gall-oaks in the wettest ravines and alongside them in a cramped undergrowth, there are kermes oaks, strawberry trees, Viburnum tinus, honeysuckles, turpentine trees.
The most interesting elements are shaded spots, precipices and ledges. The fauna diversity is enormous.