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Islands Columbrete

The origin of the Columbrete Islands located 48 kilometers from the province of Castellon , dates back about a couple of million years ago. Due to major changes in the earth's crust that occurred during that time along the coast of the Mediterranean, more specifically around the coast of the province of Castellon .

The Columbrete Islands are formed by a set of islets. The most important are: Illa Grossa (Columbrete Great), Ferrera (Doghouse), Foradada (Horada) and Carallot (Brig)


Its name comes from the impression of the first navigators, Greek and Latin, which include letters with the name of Ophiusa or Colubraria , admired by the abundance Snake found there. Island on fire to kill snakes (the latter were seenthe late nineteenth century).

Between 1856 and 1860 came true colonization of the Columbrete Islands , since the construction of the lighthouse was conducted to guide ships that pass through there at night.

Columbrete Islands is a clear sign of the great geological activity that has suffered the area for many years. Because if you look closely at the islands, podernos clearly observe the presence of a large number of craters or chimney remnants of an extinct volcano.

Resting on a fund located approximately 80 meters deep, the Columbrete represent the best example of volcanism of our land. Highlights Illa Grossa, craters formed by several chains, and Carallot, which, with its 32 meters high above the sea, is the geological evidence of the remains of the central vent of a volcano. The marine reserve surrounding the islands actually covers an area of ??5,543 ha.

Currently, the Columbrete Islands have a "use" virtually tour. Where people go to see the beautiful landscape they are presented here along with the great diversity of plant and animal species. Also worth mentioning, which are a unique habitat in the Mediterranean due to the great marine biodiversity that lives beneath the waters of species that would be difficult to find in other parts of the sea. Plus they provide a natural shelter for them.

They consist of a set of small islands spaced from each other by several miles.

There are four groups belonging to the islands columbretes Castellon, the first is the Big Island or Isla Grossa , the crater that is open to the east and is the largest of all the islands columbretes. It is the remains of an ancient crater. It is shaped like an ellipse about one kilometer. The two extremIsland will coincide with the two highest points of the same. One of them is the light, thanks to him a height of about 61 meters is reached and makes perfect visibility for ships passing by.

A second group consists of a total of three islands, the main island is known as La Horadada. That is not even half of the large island surface. But also a good way to dive, although not allowed to be there because it is part of the nature reserve. The other two islands that form are the Wolf Island, and Méndez Núñez, is the smallest of all.

The third group is called Ferrera . És a smaller all part of the mini columbretes islands archipelago. It consists of approximately eight islands. Some are just big rocks.

Fourth, there is a mini archipelago whose main islandisland is known as the Brig .

Thanks to the transparency of its waters, the funds have a den

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