In the north east slope we see the Sierra Gelada, the Puig Campana, the Sierra de Aitana or the Cabezó d’Or. If we look south we will see the Serra Grossa or Mount Benacantil. The castle of Santa Barbara, the monastery of Santa Faz or the casa de El Conde are also visible from this spot.
The park is equipped as a recreational area. There are picnic spots to enjoy the place and the views. Due to its orography, most of it is not accessible to people with reduced mobility The vegetation of the park consists of shrubs and a pinewood in the south end.
The hill is crowned by the Calvari hermitage, an eighteenth-century building with a Greek cross plan covered by a small dome. The complex was the end of a Via Crucis that stood here, existing several coffers with ceramic panels that reminded the scenes of the Calvary. The spot was always a visiting place for the town’s inhabitants who came here to spend their day off, especially during Easter. It was also the scene of children’s competitions, where the children played to throw stones against the children of Mutxamel.
In addition, the place counts on two old wells, one half-buried in the slope of the mount made of stone with a semicircular vault, and another located inside the municipal cemetery also made of stone but plastered. The cemetery is also a place of interest. It was inaugurated in 1883 and it houses valuable pantheons of the nineteenth century belonging to the upper classes of Sant Joan and its Horta. The visit to the necropolis is allowed but visitors are expected to respect the memory of the deceased, being expressly prohibited taking pictures.
The Santa Ana hermitage is located a few meters from the access to the mount. It is a singular construction with ashlar facade dating from the sixteenth century located next to a water pond. The hermitage is very close to the casa y torre Salafranca (Salafranca house and tower), also from the sixteenth century. This tower is declared Asset of Cultural Interest because it belongs to the Torres de l’Horta complex, which constituted the defensive system in the late medieval and modern times, protecting the Camp d’Alacant from the Berber incursions.
Mount Calvari is a fascinating place to enjoy the calm and the serenity while at the same time it allows us to know an important part of our history since the most characteristic elements of our landscape appear in it; the garden and its irrigation infrastructures, the defence towers and manor houses, together with the religious buildings, all in a forestry environment that offers exceptional views of the Alacant province.
In order to know more about this landscape and Sant Joan d’Alacant you can continue by the Camí del Serení – corresponding to calle Pintor Sorolla – and that links with the old camino de Lloixa.