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La Tinença de Benifassà is one of the best biodiversity reserves in Spain. The landscape is very steep, with several mountains ranging from 400 to 1,300 meters. La Tinença de Benifassà is a paradise for nature, hiking and active tourism lovers, where they can enjoy breathtaking sceneries and a wide variety of wildlife and flora.



Monastery of Santa María de Benifassà: Founded by James I the Conqueror in 1233, it  was the first Cistercian convent of Valencia. In terms of architecture, different styles can be identified, such as the Romanesque entrance or the Gothic apse. It played an important role in history, functioning as a feudal possession over towns and farms creating La Tinença de Benifassà. Currently inhabited by nuns of the Order of La Cartuja de San Bruno.

Cave paintings from la Cova dels Rossegadors: They are in a cave near the reservoir of Ulldecona. Their location is due to the proximity to the river, where people used to cultivate the land and raise animals.

The Iberian settlement of La Morranda and iron mines; sites of the ancient Iberian settlement of La Morranda. Location quite high (2 km from Ballestar) which allows a highly favourable defense. Some ceramic remains have been exhibited in the town.

El Jardí de Peter: Garden with original sculptures and structures built with very colourful elements typical in forests and recycled materials. Peter Buch has been building for 25 years a paradise full of fantasy, combining different techniques.


El Portell de l’Infern, el Salt de Robert, la Tenalla, el Tossal dels Tres Reis, natural waterfalls, the river Senia or the reservoir of Ulldecona are only a few places worth visiting. At the heart of this nature reserve we find towns as La Pobla de Benifassà, Ballestar, Coratxà, Fredes and El Boixar, which are small and picturesque, offering visitors a unique scenery for peace, tranquility and rural tourism. These locations, along with Castell de Cabres and Bel, are the seven towns that are in this park. Cave paintings, the Iberian settlement, the old path of the Maquis or the park el Jardí de Peter are also important artistic and cultural treasures, full of history and legends. One of the jewels of this area is the monumental Monastery of Santa Maria de Benifassà, built in the 13th century and with a great influence on people throughout history.


Romanesque churches from the 13th century:
Romanesque churches of la Tinença, scattered in seven villages, are the oldest in Valencia. We can highlight l’Església de l’Assumpció in la Pobla de Benifassà and Sant Jaume in Coratxà.


Reservoir of Ulldecona: In this spot, you can swim or sail with canoe or skates while enjoying the lush greenery and mountains.


          Salt de Robert

           Font de l’Ombria

           Punta de Solà d’en Brull

           Pouet de Félix

           Portell de l’Infern

           Racó dels Presseguers

           Tossal de Cervera

           Molí de l’Abad

           Mas de Preraire

           Tossal de Mitjavila

           Tossal del Rey

Guided active tourism: in la Tinença there are several companies that carry out active tourism tours, such as hiking, biking, horse riding, 4×4 photo safari or bird watching and contact with nature.


Sant Antoni, in la Pobla de Benifassà

Date: January

Festa dels Apòstols

Pilgrimage to la Font de la Caritat, with popular lunch and a party

Date: 1st of May

St. Barnabé Festivities in El Boixar

Date: closest weekend to 11th of June

Festivities in different population centres – Coratxà,  Festivities honouring San Jaime (weekend closest to July 25th)

Ballestar, Festivities in honour of San Salvador (1st week of August)

Pobla de Benifassà, dedicated to the Assumption and the Apostles (2nd week of August)

Fredes, Festivals of the Apostles (2nd weekend of August)

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