Here’s a report of our trip to Morella and surrounding lands: Portell d’Infern in Fredes, Parrizal de Beceite (Teruel) and of course the town and castle of Morella.
The day started with a long drive and a change of temperature – from warm Valencia to cool and cloudy lands of Castellón interior. A quick change of clothing and some hot beverages helped us to get going and start the hike.
This route is somewhat unusual, because you start it going down insted of up, going from about 1200m above sea level in Fredes to 900m, where the Portell is. This is also means that great views are there right away.
Half way down there is an optional rock to climb – an great place for photos, views and much more. If you feel like your acting skills are sufficicent, you can also pretend to be one of the eagles or vultures that are flying around.
Interestingly enough – the lower you go, the better the views are, but as I mentioned above, the route is unusual, so unexpected is to be expected on this kind of hike.
A detour from the official route takes you to even more spectacular places. Some scrambling, bushwacking and other sorts of fun ways to spend time in the mountains are required though.