Coastal areas

Desert de les Palmes Natural Park



Due to its proximity to the city of Castellón, Desert de les Palmes Natural Park is the perfect environment for the enjoyment and leisure of its residents, but it is also perfect for visitors interested in bird watching. This park spans across five towns: Benicàssim, Cabanes, La Pobla Tornesa, Borriol and Castelló de la Plana, and is of special interest as a result of its natural and scenic resources and its historical-cultural heritage. 

Its orography consists of a set of coastal mountains which run parallel to the coast.  These mountains boast a spectacular geomorphology, which has been modified by the erosion of the environment, attracting the attention of the visitors who come to the park. As well as contemplating the evidence of nature, it is also possible to visit cultural monuments such as the new monastery of the Carmelite Order founded in 1796 and the vestiges of the old convent of the Carmelites of the late 17th and early 18th centuries. The name “desierto” (desert) surely derives from the spiritual retreat that accompanied this order in the mountains and “las palmas” (palms) from the abundance of palms in the mountains.

In addition to its very interesting historical and cultural value, the natural reserve stands out due to the presence of vegetation that is adapted to decarbonised soils and its fauna, where you can find more than 20 different species of birds of prey in post-nuptial migration. Your visit is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

More park information here

Main species 

Residents: Bonelli's eagle, barn owl, European scops owl, little owl, Eurasian eagle-owl, European green woodpecker, crossbill, Dartford warbler, Sardinian warbler, blue rock thrush, black wheatear, common raven and Eurasian wren.

Winter: Common kestrel, Eurasian sparrowhawk, peregrine falcon, long-eared owl, common firecrest, common wood pigeons and African stonechat.

Summer: Eurasian wryneck, European turtle dove, black-eared wheatear and common rock thrush.

Recommended seasons

Summer and autumn.


- Car park 

- Interpretive routes and trails

- Visitor centre 

- Rest area

Visitor Center: Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Weekends and holidays: from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Parque Natural del Desert de les Palmes

Open location
Centro de visitantes del PN - 964 33 36 87
Tourist Info Benicàssim - 964 30 01 02
Centro de Información de La Bartola - Carretera de la Magdalena al Desert , km 8, CV- 147, 12560 – BENICÀSSIM