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Natural Park Sierra de Carrascoy - El Valle

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Carrascoy raises in the southeastern area of the municipality, in another set of contrasts, a dizzying elevation starts from 100 meters in the Guadalentín Valley all the way to the 1,066 meters in its summit through a short tour. A natural wall with a northern wall filled with moist and dense vegetation; and drier southern slopes with less vegetation cover. The lower area, until 250 or 300 meters, is covered by crops. From this point on, bushes and woodland formations start to appear, together with the typical fauna populations of this area, very similar to those of Sierra Espuña. In these mountains we find one of the best carrascales (holm-oak groves) of the Region of Murcia. Its area exceeds 16,700 hectares.

It is considered one of the best vantage points in the Region of Murcia, and it is integrated within the regional park called Carrascoy and El Valle (The Valley). It is considered Site of Community Importance (LIC) since July 2000 for its carrascales, its vegetation communities of roquedos and gypsum rocks, and also for its endemic qualities.

The enviromental center Carrascoy CEMACAM - Torre Guil is located inside Sierra de Carrascoy. This site serves as Interpretation Center of Nature and Nature Classroom, which offers visitors numerous educational activities related to the surrounding.

Carrascoy looks the same through each of its four cardinal points, so maybe that's the reason why it was named "Cara-estoy" ("Face I am"), later evolving into the current Carrascoy name.

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