This route offers the visitor the chance to have a radically different experience. The rough terrain of the Catalan Pre-Coastal Region and the pleasant life of the mountain populations are a good alternative to the hustle and bustle of the coast. The forts located in the high, rocky limestone overlook spectacular valleys furrowed by fierce streams. In the middle of this landscape –especially recommendable for those who love hiking, local stews, and meandering through the streets of small villages– are the forts which were controlled by the mythic Al-Azraq and which, later, after the Christian Reconquest, fell into the hands of military orders like the Montesa, Hospital, and El Temple orders.
The Arabic mark is still present in the villas and old farmsteads where Almohad towers proliferate – these constructions being restored as modern-day lookout points for the contemplative enjoyment of the leisurely traveler. An Eastern echo also remains in the abandoned Moorish areas and in the walled Moorish territories of Alcoy and Cocentaina. This is an unforgettable mark which is composed of plot boundary markers constructed in dry stone, said plots being fed by waters which flow from diversion dams through irrigation ditches known as azarbes and acequias.
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