Signs along the walking route
The yellow and white way markers in the Hondon de las Nieves area show walkers the approved walking routes. They can be painted on rocks, trees, stone walls, lamp posts buildings and even bus shelters. They are sometimes difficult to spot. Usually they are appreciably weathered and faint, however once you ‘get your eye in’ they become easier to find. At the start of a route they are often accompanied by a wooden signpost pointing the way and giving the distance, elevation and incline in degrees. Along the way the yellow and white way markers are painted on or near the route and are normally about 150mm in length with each stripe being 15mm to 20mm wide. It is inadvisable to continue along a path that is indicated by a yellow and white cross.
Reserva de caza or game hunting reserve
In our corner of Spain, the black and white diagonal is by far the most common.
Coto privado de caza or private game hunting.
Perhaps the most common sign you will see as almost all landowners use their hunting rights. It also denotes Coto intensivo de caza, an area of intensive hunting and Coto deportivo de caza, area of sporting game hunting that may be used on a regular basis by local hunting organisations.
Hunting or firing a gun is not allowed.
This sign also denotes Zonas de seguridad, security zones in an area where shooting a firearm is not allowed at all due to dangers to public and property. For example, they are always placed on the field side of a fence if a road is on the other side. Refugio de caza is a game refuge. Vedado de caza means that hunting is forbidden and Reserva ecológica is an ecological reserve area where hunting is not allowed.
Zona de exclusión o limitación cinegética permanente
An Area of permanent exclusion or limitation of hunting for a specified time. This could be a transition between an area being a hunting area to a non hunting area or vica versa. No hunting allowed.
Granja cinegética is an area dedicated to the breeding of game animals. (Brown & White)
Animals such as rabbit, deer, ibex and partridge are bred in these areas and the animals are transported and released in hunting areas when there are sufficient numbers.
This is an area where game, often from a “granja cinegetico” has been released for the purpose of shooting on a particular organised day. This may occur at local fiestas and celebrations.
Camino de Santiago; The way of St James
The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage route that leads to the shrine of St James in the city of Santiago de Compostela in North West Spain. The Southern branch of the camino passes through our area. At the shrine of St Pascual at Orito, near Alenda Golf course, we can see a wall tile and a signpost indicating the Camino de Santiago route using the old pilgrim sign, said to be worn by St James himself, of a half scallop shell. If we are in the center of Novelda we can see a Camino de Santiago wall tile on the church behind the Ayuntamiento on the Plaza Espania. The route continues to the next shrine on the pilgrimage route just outside Novelda at ‘The Gaudi Church’. This look alike building has in fact nothing to do with Antonio Gaudi the famous Spanish designer.
Here we come to the next way point on the route. Near Novelda we can see the sign on Santa Maria Magdalene, the one that looks a bit like Segrada Familiar in Barcelona. There is also a considerable length of the camino near this church that can be walked and cycled. In Orihuela one can see symbols of the pilgrimage route at a number of locations once one knows what to look for. They are usually above head height and measure about 150mm X 150mm.
I hope that clears that up!