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Petroglyphs. The History of the Mountain of Alicante

The province of Alicante hides great treasures that for many are unknown. The history of Alicante is rich and curious. Its strategic location, with its coastal outposts, and its fertile plains, have made this Mediterranean province one of the preferred ones by the inhabitants of the Iberian Peninsula throughout history.

One of the main attractions hidden in the mountains of Alicante are the petroglyphs, representations that appear as incisions in the rocks and that date, according to the latest studies, from the Neolithic period. The petroglyphs of Alicante are associated with sacred customs of that period.

To spend a few days of tranquility in the middle of nature and discover historical wonders such as the petroglyph of Millena there is no better way than to reserve a room in a rural hotel in the mountains of Alicante, where you can rest and enjoy the surroundings.

Conoce la montaña de Alicante y descubre uno de los tesoros del patrimonio alicantino: los petroglifos

Millena Petroglyph Route

In the specific case of the petrolein Millena, located in the Penya del Dimoni, between the terms of Balones and Millena, it is a cruciform figure of just over 2 meters long and almost a meter and a half wide, which is located in a rock outcrop with a horizontal inclination, in a place that is believed to be a zone of extraction of ashlars.

In principle, the set engraved on the stone consists of a cross and several signs, among which two figures with a figure of eight stand out in the lower left and upper right quadrants.

Having the possibility of making this route on foot is one of the most enriching surprises offered by the interior tourism sector of Alicante. It is absolutely amazing to discover how that inscription, even without attributed meaning, has remained intact over the years in the stone.

It is a 1.3-kilometer route if you start from Millena, with a soft and affordable nature for all types of hikers. The route is very simple. It starts from the Town Hall Square of Millena, where you can see its imposing monumental elm, which exceeds 300 years. From this square, taking the northeast direction, and going up San José street, you reach the upper part of the town.

In the confines of the town is a crossroads, having to take the one on the left, for past 100 meters find another junction and this time turn right, which ends in a water tank. This asphalted track, which has a moderate slope, reaches a well and a fountain. You have to get there to find the ravine and the source of the Hueta. At this point you can see a large calcareous rock in which the petroglyph is found.

isfruta del verdadero turismo de interior de Alicante: recorre la ruta de los petroglifos

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