“CLOT DE LA MARE DE DÉU” NATURAL MUNICIPAL PARK
The Clot de la Mare de Déu Natural Municipal Park originated from the springs found in the last stretch of the Riu Sec or Ana, which runs through the City. This is a representative example of riverside woodland, in which the elm tree is the most predominant tree. Accompanied by poplars, black poplars, European nettle trees and willows, which along with a vast vegetation of shrubs and herbaceous varieties and aquatic species, comprises a complex and rich ecosystem living in fragile balance. This magnificent space was declared Natural Municipal Park by Agreement of the Council of the Regional Government on 8 February 2002. Among the monuments to be found in the Clot de la Mare de Déu, we highlight the Torre del Mar and the hermitage of La Mare de Déu.
This is considered to be one of the most representative spaces of this city and is visited by its inhabitants in their desire to be in contact with nature and practise sports.
MOUTH OF THE RIVER MILLARS
The mouth of the river Mijares and Les Goles, the bordering region between the Burriana and Almassora municipal areas, is a humid area with a vast diversity of bird species: Up to 207 different species were registered a few years ago and despite the industrial and urban development of the past years, it still preserves the largest populations of Black-winged Stilt and Purple Gallinule in Castellón. Here we can find plant species such as reeds, canes and grasses, as well as submerged aquatic vegetation.
The Regional Government of Valencia has declared the Mouth of the river Millares a Protected Landscape, thanks to which it has become the first setting in the Community to be granted this protection which is located between the Natural Park, which establishes the maximum level of protection, and the Natural Municipal Park.
The Protected Landscape of the Mouth of the Millares comprises an extension of 424.65 hectares, spread over the municipals areas of Almassora, Burriana and Vila-Real. This area is also considered a Special Protection Area for Birds (SPA); Site of Community Importance (SCI) for its inclusion in the Natura 2000 Network and has already been included in the Wetlands Catalogue of the Autonomous Region of Valencia. consorciriumillars.com