Valley of Alcala
The mountains are the main appeal of this valley. We can see the “Xarpolar”, the “Peñal de Gros” or the” Penya Foradada” on the north, and the mountains of Alfaro on the south.
The historic remains, place names, and buildings reflect the Moorish presence at the area. This place will go down in history as the place where the Muslim leader Al- Azraq, the one of blue eyes, located the centre of his fief, which resisted the conquest of Jaime I of Aragon. Jaime I and Al- Azraq signed the Pact of Pouet (1244), by which the Moorish leader became feudatory of the Christian king. This agreement was not obeyed by Al-Azraq, and caused a confrontation between both parts. The inaccessibility of the land helped the Muslim leader to resist against the troops of Jaime I. His memory is still alive in this land and an effigy of the Moslem leader was built, from which water springs up to feed a fountain placed in Alcalá de la Jovada . The Valley of Alcalá was composed of seven locations, called Alcalá de la Jovada, Beniaia, Criola, Benialí, Benixarco, La Roca and La Adsubia. Only two of them do really exist at the present: Alcalá de la Jovada and Beniaia.
What to visit?
This Valley offers a variety of possibilities, mainly due to its past. Criola, Beialí, Benixarco, La Roca, L`Adsubia and L`Atzuvieta, Moorish settlements, are a must for the traveller. During this trip through the history of the Valley of Alcalà, it is a necessary stop the “Nevera de Dalt”, located at the area of Xarpolar, where we can visit the Muslim castle as well as the remains of a prehistoric culture. We also find important signs of Levantine art, declared a world heritage by UNESCO on December 5th of 1998, in the “Abrigo del Racó de Condoig”.
Valley of Alcalá is especially important for its landscape beauty. Placed within the surrounding mountains, there are some lovely spots such as “la Nevera de Baix”, an old snow well. The layout of the land enable the practice of speleology, discovering loving places to go over, such as “el avenc de Beniaia”.