This is a range belonging to Jijona and is 1,020 m above sea level. It is situated at the end of the Canal Valley (Valle de la Canal) (between Alcoy and Jijona) and the main Alicante – Jijona – Alcoy road runs over it.
This range takes its name from the abundance of holly oaks (carrasco) that grow in its highest and shadiest parts. When driving over the pass in winter one should exercise caution due to the snow and fog.
Tha Carrasqueta Range offers a wide range of leisure and adventure activities, from sports to cultural tourism which, in addition to its beautiful landscapes and other attractions, make it a perfect destination for rural tourism in general.
From the top of the Carrasqueta mountain pass, to the streams in its deep valleys, this mountain range offers the visitor not only beautiful forests typical of this part of the Alicante mountains and valleys replete with fauna and carpeted in Mediterranean flora, but also many other beauty spots. The many little villages and farmhouses underscore the rural nature of the zone.
The Pou del Surdo: this is a snow well situated in the Carresqueta range at an altitude of 1,100m. The well is circular with a tiled roof. Near the well is a farmhouse called the cellar or house of Surdo which is now a rural hotel. It is situated in a natural beauty spot and is surrounded by the most emblematic mountains of the Alicante province.
A snow well or cellar is a building used to store snow that was collected in mountainous areas so that it could be used or sold later. The snow was used to store food, had therapeutic uses and different gastronomic applications such as the manufacture of ice-cream. The snow trade flourished from the XVI century until the end of the XIX century, when competition with commercially produced ice led to its demise.