Castell de Castells
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Castell de Castells
Castell de Castells
Location of Castell de Castells within Spain / Valencian Community
Castell de Castells
Castell de Castells
Castell de Castells (Valencian Community)
Castell de Castells
Castell de Castells
Castell de Castells (Europe)
Coordinates: 38°49′29″N 0°11′40″W / 38.82472°N 0.19444°W / 38.82472; -0.19444Coordinates: 38°49′29″N 0°11′40″W / 38.82472°N 0.19444°W / 38.82472; -0.19444
Country Spain
Autonomous Community Valencian Community
ProvinceAlicante
ComarcaMarina Alta
Government
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • BodyAjuntament de Castell de Castells
 • MayorVicente Tomàs Estalrich (2015) (UPC-I)
Area
 • Total45.90 km2 (17.72 sq mi)
Elevation
551 m (1,808 ft)
Population
 (2018)[1]
 • Total435
 • Density9.5/km2 (25/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Castellenco-ca (es)
castellencca (va)
Time zoneCET (GMT +1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (GMT +2)
Postcode
03793

Castell de Castells (Valencian: [kasˈteʎ de kasˈteʎs], Spanish: [kasˈtel de kasˈtels]) is a municipality high in the mountains of the Marina Alta on the Costa Blanca in southeastern Spain. The village is at the source of the Rio Jalón and surrounded by mountains. It is approximately 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) from the nearest village of Benigembla, and 20 kilometres (12 mi) from Jalón, the nearest large town. It is approximately one hour's drive to the beaches, the Fuentes de Algar, and Terra Mítica theme park. Also in the area are the caves of Vall d'Ebo and Benidoleig.

The highest peak of the Serrella mountain range, Malla de Llop, is over 1,300 metres (4,300 ft) high. The remains of an Arabic castle, Penya Castellet, and many trails are found in the area, popular for walking and mountain biking. The area has a rich history with three settlements around the village: Pla de Petracos, Bitlla and Pla d'Alt (The High Place). The ruins of these settlements are now being rebuilt as modern homes.

Five kilometres outside the village in the area known as Pla de Petracos are ancient cave paintings said to have been painted over 5000 years ago. Caves at the archaeological site have a viewing platform, and the paintings are explained on six interpretive panels.

There is also a museum in the village open on weekends

The village has an hotel, many bars, restaurants serving traditional and international dishes. Three places to stay for bed and breakfast or walking holidays.

Three kilometres outside the village is an enormous natural arch, Els Arcs. Said to be one of the biggest in Europe.

Fiestas

Flora and fauna

Plants and animals in the area include Narcissus assonanus, Narcissus dubious, Bee Orchids, Ophrys speculum, Venus' Mirror Orchid, Man Orchid, Aceras anthropophorum, Sombre Bee, Ophrys fusca Sawfly, Phrys tenthredinifera and Woodcock, Ophrys scolopax, also the Yellow Bee Orchid Ophrys lutea, the very rare Orchis italica, Fritillaria hispanica, and Dictamnus. Tulips include Tulipa australis.

References

  1. ^ Municipal Register of Spain 2018. National Statistics Institute.