The Pedrera area comprises more than half a million square meters. A little over two kilometers from Bigastro contains more than 30,000 trees.
Area La Pedrera
The Pedrera area comprises more than half a million square meters. Just over two kilometers from Bigastro it contains more than 30,000 trees.
In the very heart of the Vega Baja. LA PEDRERA rises on the highest cliffs of the Cañada de la Umbría. From its formidable vantage point you can access the most beautiful panoramic views of the deep and wide Valle del Segura, which stretches from our feet to the sea in a landscape always surprised by the light and green of the fruit trees.
But LA PEDRERA is not only a place of exceptional beauty. In recent years, and thanks to the permanent interest and effort of the Bigastro City Council, it has become one of the most unique leisure areas in the province of Alicante and a must for those who love nature and wish to fully integrate into it. .
It is also a tourist alternative between the mountains and the beach. The garden’s response to the call of leisure. The replica of the interior to the coast. A nod of self-sufficiency to the sea with a claim included: “Before, turn right and discover the garden in its purest form.” The words are not heard, but the message is felt.
Nature by itself. To be guided by the transparency of the air, the nakedness of the land and the cleanliness of silence. Hosted in a wooden cabin or in a Valencian barrack. Installed under the roof of our own tent.
Accompanied by a backpack in the lonely adventure of hiking among orange and almond trees. Soaked up by the good food of a cuisine that combines the Mediterranean diet with the products of the fertile garden.
All, of course, in the uninhibited and cordial atmosphere of the mountainous area, while we touch the glass of lemon trees with our hands or we are enraptured by the heights of an unmasked hare in the refuge of its freedom.
Mount area in La Pedrera
Period: Prehistory and Ancient Age Difficulty: Low Duration: 2.7km (40 min)
We can find along our route a great variety of flora, highlighting the wild carnation, Aleppo pine, thyme, rosemary and black hawthorn; and fauna, which due to the proximity of the swamp allows the fauna of the area to be of great diversity. The birds have La Loma as their hunting ground. Among them, several pairs of kites and magpies, owls, hawks, cogujadas and verdigris stand out. The bastard snake and the ocellated lizard are the most significant reptiles. The fox and hares are the most common mammals.
The Loma de Bigastro and the hills are composed almost entirely of sandstone, a type of sedimentary rock as a result of the deposits of sea sand consolidated in the Quaternary period (approximately 2,500 million years ago) and composed mainly of small grains of sand. , being especially good for construction, thus building a quarry, or as it was formerly called, a quarry.
Period: Middle Ages and Modern Ages Difficulty: Low Duration: 2 x 1.4km (35 min)
During our tour of the urban area we can find two areas
differentiated; the commercial area, specifically in La Purísima street, the lung of the commercial activity of the town, with the layout of the southern branch of the Camino de Santiago.
Historically, Bigastro has been a place of passage for travelers, since the creation of the municipality in the 18th century as a lordship of the Cabildo of the Cathedral of Orihuela, has its foundation in being these lands of passage between the city of Orihuela and the fishing town of Torrevieja .
And gastronomic leisure, where we can find a wide variety of bars and restaurants where the visitor can taste the typical gastronomy of the area.
Taking a tour through our history, as a result of the direct branch of the Via Augusta between Elche and Cartagena, Bigastro was a resting place for lords and warriors, where archaeological pieces dating from the Roman Empire have been found.
Passing through the enclave of the Francisco Grau Municipal Auditorium, during the first half of the 20th century it was the municipal laundry. The rectory, formerly the granary of the manor house (the place where the cereal had to be stored once the harvest was finished). And going through main scenes of the Carlist Wars and War of Succession.
Traditional garden area.
Period: 18th century Difficulty: Low Duration: 3.5km (45 min)
In the orchard area we find three differentiated areas:
• Ecological gardens with tool huts, a place where we can appreciate different stages of the garden, a way of knowing the agricultural culture that characterizes us.
• Tasting space, where the visitor can taste typical products from the traditional garden of Bigastro.
• Pergola and viewpoint, where you can enjoy a privileged panoramic view of the extensive orchard and the towns near the municipality of Bigastro.
The traditional garden is one of the main attractions that our environment offers. We enter our journey to the garden in the eighteenth century, passing by the hydraulic flour mill built in 1770 which operated until the first half of the twentieth century, a town dedicated entirely to agriculture was forced to grind its cereal in that mill.
In times of war, the paths of the orchard served as a passageway for black marketers, in charge of introducing into the municipality, through unusual routes, the basic foods required by its inhabitants, thus avoiding taxes.
In short, a beautiful route that will make you delve into history with gentle routes to enjoy with the family.