Desert de les Palmes
|Desert de les Palmes|
View of the range from the runway of the Castellón Aero Club
|Elevation||729 m (2,392 ft)|
|Listing||List of mountains in the Valencian Community|
|Location||Plana Alta, Valencian Community|
|Parent range||Mediterranean System, Southern zone|
|Easiest route||drive from Benicàssim|
Desert de les Palmes (Valencian pronunciation: [deˈzɛɾd de les ˈpaɫmes], Spanish: Desierto de las Palmas), also known as Serra del Desert de les Palmes is an 18.8 km long mountain range in the Plana Alta comarca, Valencian Community, Spain. Its highest point is Bartolo (729 m).
The Ermita de La Magdalena Prime Meridian crosses the Desert de les Palmes roughly in the middle., an important church for Castellonenc people, is located on a hill at the southern end of the range. The
The Columbretes Islands can be seen on clear days in the horizon looking seaward from the Desert de les Palmes heights.
Origin of the name
The Desert de les Palmes stretches in a NE - SW direction in the municipal terms of Benicàssim, Cabanes, La Pobla Tornesa, Borriol and Castelló de la Plana. It is located near the Mediterranean coastline, crossed by the highway between Barcelona and Valencia.
Some of the peaks of the Desert de les Palmes are more jagged than the summits of other mountain ranges in the same system, like Serra d'Irta or Talaies d'Alcalà. The castles of Montornés and Miravet date back to Moorish times and the Ermita de les Santes church was built in 1617. There are two ridges in the range, the Desert de les Palmes and the Serra de les Santes, the latter named after the Ermita de les Santes. The mountain range was declared a Nature Reserve by the Generalitat Valenciana in 1989 with the name Parc Natural del Desert de les Palmes.
Both the Desert de les Palmes and the Serra de les Santes are part of an anticline of paleozoic materials. Slate, as well as red triassic and grey jurassic and cretaceous rocks give the exposed areas of this mountain range striking colors.
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