Sierra Grosa – Alicante

DateJanuary 2022
LocationAlicante, España

The Sierra Grossa or Sierra de San Julián is a rocky elevation of 173 meters high located in the Spanish municipality of Alicante, facing the Mediterranean Sea. It is also known in Spanish as Sierra Gorda, and in Valencian with the seafaring term Malhivern.

The sierra has an area of 80 hectares, with a perimeter of more than 5 km and is composed of two hills. The westernmost of them, and the smallest, is known as Cerro del Molinet or Cerro de Santa Ana, because there was a chapel dedicated to St. Anne, demolished in 1823 and whose remains can still be seen. These hills are limestone massifs, with steep slopes and a large number of faults, which makes the terrain unstable. Together with the Benacantil and Monte Tossal, the Sierra Grossa is a decisive geographical landmark in the configuration and development of Alicante.