The Sierra Mariola was declared a Natural Park on January 8th 2002. With an extension of over 16,000 hectares it stretches out across the counties of the Albaida Valley, the Alcoià and the Comptat, including within its boundaries the towns of Agres, Alcoi, Alfafara, Banyeres de Mariola, Bocairent, Cocentaina and Muro. Noteworthy for the proliferation of its founts, springs and fountains, numerous farmsteads, and an extensive network of paths and trails that give testimony to the intensive use of its natural resources by settlers throughout history: ice workers, shepherds, lumberjacks, etc.
One of the area’s most important hallmarks is its ice caves, built between the 16th and 20th centuries in order to store ice. Other architechtonic elements such as farmsteads, castles and chapels can also be found.