Serra Gelada Natural Park in Valencia, Spain is 5,653,92 hectares, of which, 4,908,95 is marine environment, and 744.97 is land that makes up the towns of Benidorm, l`AlfÃ¡s del PÃ and Altea. The Park protects the mountains and three emblematic islands: Illot de la Mitjana, the Illot de Benidorm and the Illots of Olla and la Galera. The Serra Gelada in formed by a rugged area, which on its coastal side, steeply rises more than 300 meters over the local towns. It is called Sierra Gelada because of its orientation, which creates a colder macroclimate, as well as from the optical effects of calcareous rock when moonlight reflects off it creating some wonderful views. While Mediterranean forest grows on one side of the mountain, on the other side, facing the sea, offers fabulous hanging fossils and hardy vegetation, capable of surviving in salty ground and abrasive winds can be found. Although large patches of Posidonia Oceanica sea plants grow and Vermetus mollusks thrive in this coastal environment, the area is best known for its wealth of birdlife.
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