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General information

The Vall de Gallinera is a municipality composed of eight small urban centers that are called: Benirrama, Benialí, Benissivà, Benitaia, Carroja, Alpatró, Llombai and Benissili. It is located in the northernmost part of the province of Alicante, in the interior of the Marina Alta region, and borders the province of Valencia. The extension of its municipal term is of 53.06 km2 configuring itself a valley that by its peculiar orography between mountains is symmetrical and exact where they emphasize some truly spectacular panoramic, in addition it is to only twenty minutes of the beach. The environment is predominantly rural appreciating the harmony between the mountain and the fields of cherry, olive, almond, carob and orange trees. During the different seasons of the year you can see the abancalamientos, supported by kilometers and kilometers of dry stone walls forming one of the most outstanding ethnological works of the rural environment. The total population of the municipality is approximately seven hundred inhabitants and the City Council is located in the center of Benialí.

Traditionally the economic base of the valley has been agriculture, mainly for the cultivation of the cherry – product with Protected Geographical Indication -, and the one of the olive, from which an oil of great quality is extracted, although at present it has every time greater presence in the services sector due to the boom in rural tourism that has led to the establishment of numerous rural houses, restaurants and other businesses related to the development of traditional products.

The Vall de Gallinera is a territory that offers natural resources and passages that make it a place of captivating beauty. Among the attractions of the place it is necessary to emphasize, the numerous sources of natural water that there are distributed throughout all the valley, some of them turned into traditional laundries endowed with a high ethnological value and also the eight urban cores, the charm of which invites us to walk its narrow streets where we can also see first hand the authenticity of its people.

The valley is also endowed with an extensive historical and cultural heritage highlighting the coats of rock art declared World Heritage and the two castles that formerly guarded the entrances to the valley, the castle of Gallinera also called Benirrama and Alcalà also called Benissili, whose origin dates back to the s. XI and XIII were the place of residence of Al-Azraq, famous Muslim prince considered the standard of resistance against the Christians of King Jaume I.

The most known and representative topographic element of La Vall de Gallinera is the Penya Foradà, which in March and October offers us an unprecedented spectacle. It is the famous solar alignment of Foradà with the old site of the Franciscan convent of Benitaia. The solar alignment dates back to 1611, when the Franciscan friars who erected a convent next to Benitaia with the sponsorship of the Duke of Gandia, wanted it to be located in the exact place where, coinciding with the day of celebration of its patron San Francisco de Assisi (October 4), the rays of the Sun will cross the Foradá and illuminate this construction and who knows if also a statue of the saint.

The cherry stands as the typical product par excellence of the valley, being also one of the first to be collected from the entire peninsula. The City Council celebrates each year, in the month of June, the end of the season of its collection with the traditional Festa de la Cirera, where visitors, in addition to buying cherries, can also enjoy a sample of other products that are made in the municipality: olive oil, jams, honey, pastries, sausages and also gastronomy and rural accommodation.

There are also routes and paths through which you can enjoy the majesty of the environment, highlighting the PR-V 167 that links the towns of Benialí and Alpatró; the PR-V 43 that runs first through the neighboring valleys of Laguar, Ebo, Alcalà and passing through the Penya Forada, ends at the top of La Safor at 1013 m. Tall; the Route of the 8 Peoples that, starting from the Fountain of the Mata de Benirrama, crosses all the villages of the valley along rural roads that connect them to the homonymous Fountain of the Mata de Benissili; the rock art trail of Benialí; and the paths that reach the two castles.

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