The only relief (572 meters) overhanging the sea from Trieste to Gargano, in symbiosis with the towns Ancona and Camerano, and with the sea resorts of Sirolo and Numana, mount Conero is the heart of the homonymous Regional Park. Established in 1987, but managed only since 1991, it is a nature sanctuary extending for 5,800 hectares of protected area, with places of great charm: the bay of Portonovo, the beach of the "due sorelle", the northern view-point, Pian Grande, pian dei Raggetti... 18 hiking routes developing among strawberry trees, brooms, ilex trees, pines, in the magic of the Mediterranean maquis. The area houses several species of birds, some of them very rare, together with a rich fauna. The many plants making the Mediterranean maquis are here protected and represent the third part of the whole floristic heritage of Marche. The territory is also rich in artistic evidences: Santa Maria di Portonovo, San Pietro al Conero, the Antiquarium on the Picenic civilization in Numana, and specific and very interesting geological itineraries.