9th of June
This is a circular route starting in Chelva and going towards Calles with the return back to Chelva along Ruta del Agua. At the end of the hike we can have picnic and/or swim in the river.
Distance: 11km (200m elevation gain)
Meeting time: 9:30
Return to Valencia: 17:00
Meeting point: Mestalla (av. Aragón parking lot)
Bring 1.5l of water, swimsuit, lunch, sunscreen, a cap and hiking shoes.
Chelva’s ruta del agua or water route, which can be done both from Chelva and from Calles, is a tourist itinerary of great interest, with a circular layout that combines nature and culture in a pleasant walk of approximately two hours with some rest areas along the path. On the way, you will never stop hearing the murmur of the water from numerous springs, sources, ditches and especially the Tuéjar river, which is also sometimes called Chelva river.
La Playeta de Chelva, a beautiful corner and a unique place at the banks of Chelva river whose waterfalls and backwaters become a traditional bathing area that gets its name from the trailing sand accumulated on the shore.
Historical Neighborhoods of Chelva
Those who stroll along these streets can enjoy walking through various historic neighborhoods such as the Arab Quarter of Benacacira, which maintains the hidden, mysterious and secluded air that this culture confers in its depths. Its narrow streets, the murmur of water from its innumerable springs, its whitewashed houses, all evoke the memories of a medieval city built on a hill and surrounded by walls to ensure its defense. Walk along the streets, admiring the tiles of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and visit the square occupied by the souk and Muslim mosque, on which the XIV century St. George shrine and the current shrine of La Soledad were erected. The neighborhood was built in eleventh century on a elevated spot. The Muslim medina in the neighborhood currently retains its intact urban layout.