Mountains

You will discover the following landmarks:
Monte Arabí
Sierra de Las Pansas
Sierra de Salinas
Sierra del Serral
Steppes of Yecla
Rambla de Tobarrillas


Monte Arabí
It’s a big mass mountain creating a beautiful, rocky and singular landscape.
The most appealing things are the erosive phenomena, which have caused the formation of big round blocks, hollows, caves, coves and enormous areas with hexagonal shapes or cells.
It is an area of great archaeological value, in which the “Mediodía” cave and Cantos de Visera stand out, as well as the so-called cup and ring marks (“cazoletas”) at the foot of the well-known Monte de los Moros or El Arabilejo, on which there are several legends. The vegetation is dominated by Aleppo pines (Pinus halepensis), although we can find some holm oaks in shaded spots and many species of flora, some of them endemic.
It also has an abundant and varied fauna composed by invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. But, above all, it stands out for having the greatest diversity of bird species in the Altiplano Jumilla-Yecla.

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Sierra de Las Pansas
El Carche and Las Pansas are declared as Regional Park due to their forest value.
Sierra de las Pansas is a group of mountains of a certain elevation, representing a morphological and forestry extension of Sierra del Carche in its north-Eastern part. Las Pansas is separated through the cliffs of “el Saltador” and “de la Yedra”. It is 1,036 metres high. The northern side of the mountain range is the most interesting one, due to its precipices and crags standing out among the pine trees. On the slopes there are some natural springs and caves, such as the one called Jaime el Barbudo, about which popular tradition says that it was the hideout of this well-known bandit.
A great part of pine trees are natural, although small repopulation areas of pine trees can be found. There are also holm oaks and brushes forming an impenetrable maquis. The fauna, concentrated in the forest and the brushwood, is highlighted by the abundance of wild boar.

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Sierra de Salinas
Sierra Salinas is one of the most important forest ecosystems in the Region of the Altiplano.
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 and turpentine trees.

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Sierra del Serral
Sierra Salinas is one of the most important forest ecosystems in the Region of the Altiplano.
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 1237 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.

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Steppes of Yecla
It’s an extension of flat surfaces serving as shelter for threatened bird species in the European continent.
The area is designated for the extensive cultivation of cereals. Some plots of land have been abandoned and later occupied by uncultivated lands and thyme bushes for livestock. Vineyards, almond trees olive trees and numerous farmhouses complete the landscape.
From time to time we can see pine forests, holm oaks and esparto fields.
There are different reptiles and mammals, but bird species are doubtlessly the most interesting group. Some steppe species are: great bustard, little bustard, black-bellied sand grouse and in winter, flock of larks are easy to spot: calandra larks, greater short-toed larks and woodlarks, reaching groups of thousands of individuals, greater short-toed larks and crested larks forming groups of thousands of individuals.

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Rambla de Tobarrillas
It’s a site of high ecological value, which rises in the municipality of Almansa passing through Tobarrillas’ mountains and finally flowing into Derramadores vast plain. The highest peak of the area is Peña de la Graja (949 metres), the name of a small rocky bank. It’s the northernmost point of the Region of Murcia.
Several Palaeolithic and Roman sites can be found in the surroundings of the ravine, such as Marisparza or Fuente del Pinar.
The most outstanding feature of the ravine is its central stretch, where riparian vegetation can be found, dominated by elm trees (Ulmus minor) and very deteriorated nowadays, together with many water plants.
There are many squirrels and other species of mammals, amphibians and birds.

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