El cid petrer
We continue riding on broken roads but with less slope and enjoying the views before facing the climb to the Silla del Cid. We continue on broken roads and trails with spectacular cliffs on our left. Finally we reach the Cima del Cid, where you can take the opportunity to stock up and take some pictures.
Then we will launch a dizzying descent down the PR, only suitable for very experienced cyclists, any cyclist with “2 fingers in front” will do much of the descent on foot, a hell of sharp turns, loose stone and devilish slope, there remains the challenge.
The interesting Sierra del Cid (or Serra del Sit) occupies an area of 51 km² which, almost entirely, is located in the municipality of Petrer (Alicante), with some areas of the sunny side in the municipalities of Novelda and Monforte del Cid. It is also part of the Protected Landscape of the Sierra del Maigmó and Sierra del Cid.
The legend tells that, being the Cid Campeador on the back of his horse Babieca and, feeling cornered by the Muslims in the high part of the mountain range, he jumped with his equine in an impossible jump to the emptiness, flying over the valley to be able, in this way, to flee from the enemy.
From this point four of the hiking routes described in this article begin: El Cid from the Chabola del Forestal; Los Chaparrales; El Cid through Les Covatelles; and El Cid through El Contador. In the following map you can see how to get to the Chabola del Forestal in the Sierra del Cid.
The aforementioned Chabola del Forestal in Petrer is the starting point of this route, which ascends to the Sierra del Cid after more than 3 kilometers and overcoming a positive difference in altitude of more than 500 meters.
The Sierra del Cid, has two main peaks, which we can see in the following panoramic view: The Pic del Sit, or simply El Cid, 1,104 meters high, on the left in the photo, and the Silla del Cid, 1,152 meters high, on the right in the image.
At this point, as in other sections of the paths of El Cid, we find a bridle path that ascends forming zigzags. The path is supported by dry-stone margins, a construction technique recently declared Intangible Cultural Heritage by Unesco.
After overcoming the area of les Covatelles, we reach a hill that also receives its name from the ancient livestock uses of these roads: El Comptador. Named for the narrowness of the path that defies the vacuum at this point, being the ideal place to count the animals, as they had to pass one at a time.From this hill, we gain stunning views to the east, highlighting the Serra del Maigmó in full, the valley of Xorret de Catí, or the stylized Cresteria del Frare. Further in the background, among the mist typical of anticyclonic episodes, emerges the Cabeçó d’Or and behind it, timidly the Puig Campana.we will now continue along the forest track, stony and in poor condition, which will take us to the base of the Silla del Cid. We walk very close to the vertical walls of the northeastern slope of the mountain range, having the opportunity to look out into the void at some points.
Broadly speaking, it can be said that it forms a massif with a horizontal summit, at the ends of which we find the two peaks of the sierra: the “Silla del Cid”, which is shaped like a horse saddle (1103 m*), and “Cumbre del Cid” (1152 m*). The north face is very steep, with walls and cliffs.
This legend and the coincidence of the nickname of Cid attributed to the distinguished knight, which also has its origin in the Arabic word “Sidi”, has given some confusion to the origin of the toponym, although the origin of the anthroponym and the toponym have totally different meanings. Among the mammals, in addition to the mammals of the Cid, the toponym is also known as the “Cid’s summit” (1103 m*).
Among mammals, in addition to the ubiquitous rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), the wild boar (Sus scrofa) and the recently introduced populations of Barbary sheep (Ammotragus lervia) and mouflon (Ovis musimon) are noteworthy. Among the birds, the partridge, some species of eagle and the red-billed crow are very common.
The Elda and Vinalopó Valleys, from where the Sierra del Cid can be seen, are included in the Camino del Cid route. This is a long-distance route that runs from Vivar del Cid, in Burgos, to the city of Orihuela, in Alicante. The route, which has a road or footpath version, tries to cover the places through which the mythical knight passed during the Middle Ages, as well as the places of the deeds recorded in the Cantar de Mío Cid (Song of Mío Cid).