Tuesday, October 26

Altea recovers the ancestral path of Cova la Serp with the help of the Department of Culture

Road rehabilitation works

Road rehabilitation works

The historic path of the Snake Cave, used since ancient times to move on foot between Altea la Vella and Pinos crossing the Sierra Bernia, has been recovered and rrehabilitated by a grant of 9,948 euros by the Department of Culture. The Councilor for the Environment in the Altea City Council, Jose Orozco, said this week that this intervention “has been possible through the General Directorate of Cultural Heritage in its aid plan for the recovery, maintenance, conservation and protection of dry stone architecture.”

The mayor explained that the Camí de la Cova de la Serp “is a camino de historic horseshoe that communicated the settlements of Altea la Vella and Pinos through the Serra Bèrnia and that used animals to transport goods. It has an exceptional historical and ethnological value as it has sections with cobbled pavement, as well as an innumerable number of dry stone steps ”. The path takes its name from the shelter on the wall in which the shape of a snake can be sensed, and is part of the Catalog of Goods and Protected Spaces of Altea, and is currently widely used by hikers and nature lovers.

José Orozco reported that the recovery work of the Camí de la Cova la Serp “has been carried out by GEA Ambiental with the clearing of the old road, its firing and the rehabilitation of walls, steps and sections of the old paving using the dry stone technique. ”.

Bèrnia, the most important environmental space

Orozco remarked that the Altea Government Team “has bet so that the Serra Bèrnia, one of the most important environmental spaces in the municipality of Altea, can be visited in a sustainable way. Last year the Way of the Revolts, and this the one of the Cova de la Serp, thus reinforcing the hiking routes ”. In this sense, he stated that the Sierra de Bèrnia “has a network of trails that run through the main points of interest that we find in it, such as the Fort of Bernia, the cave paintings of the Shelter of the Hermitage of the Vicar (World Heritage), the Hole, or historic bridle paths such as Camí de les Revoltes or Cova de la Serp ”.

José Orozco spoke of the importance of this path, “which, together with the terraces and corrals, was also the main access to the lime kiln where it was made by heating the stone to over a thousand degrees for one or two weeks in August. This kiln was used until the 1950s, and produced between thirty and fifty tons of lime that was used to scald the raisin ”.

According to the Catalog of Real Estate and Heritage of Altea, the Camí de la Cova de la Serp “is a Heritage Site of an ethnological nature with high ethnographic and landscape value. It is affected by different rustic and urban qualifications, highlighting that almost all the property falls within the ZEPA (Special Protection Area for Birds) of the Valencian Community ”.

In the “catalog” file it is explained that the Camí de la Cova de la Serp “currently begins in Altea from the Urlisa III urbanization, at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level (masl), ascending through Les Musernes, with forest landscape and abandoned rainfed agriculture. From 400 meters above sea level, the landscape is forested with pine groves and Mediterranean scrub. The Cova de la Serp is located at a height of 434 meters above sea level. The path reaches the eastern end of the Serra Bèrnia crest, already in the municipality of Benissa, up to a height of 770 meters above sea level. cross the Pinar de Calces, dense Mediterranean pine forest ”.


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