The male Carob tree of the Virgin of Setefilla’s Hermitage
On the top of the hill known as The Virgin’s field (“Campo de la Virgen”), the Virgin of Setefilla’ s Carob is located. It is a base of 18 meters of perimeter, from which 14 shoots of strain that make up a single cup emerge. The total height is 13 meters and it is estimated that it is more than 500 years old, although this may be difficult to specify. The singularity of this individual, whose species is original of the Eastern Mediterranean, lies in the great base it has.
Its leaves are alternate, persistent, compound and pinnate; its folios are dark green, bright by the beam and pale on the reverse, and in oval shape. It withstands the drought well, but not the cold, so it is installed preferably in low and sheltered areas.
that, with more than 300 hectares, is mainly populated by oaks, cork oaks, pines, eucalyptus, olive trees and a well-developed brush that, together with the riparian vegetation of its many streams, constitutes a wooded spot of pleasant enjoyment for nature lovers.
Once we pass the meadow, we can find important ancient farmhouses. Finally we arrive at The “Herrero” farmhouse, a stately hamlet next to the Algarín stream, this being an important landscape enclave. This environment shows us a space with part of the pasture and part of the forest, with scrubland traces and bovine cattle exploitation.