3rd of March
This is one of the most spectacular and famous routes for hikers in the province of Valencia. A tour of caves and tunnels dug into rock, a Roman aqueduct and a wooden walkway through the coved in passage.
We will meet in Valencia, in front of Joaqín Sorolla train station and go the start of the hike by private bus. The route begins in Calles and first we’ll walk along Ruta del Agua de Chelva. Next we’ll cross several historical neighborhoods in Chelva and head towards the aqueduct. There we will also make a break to rest and have lunch. After Peña Cortada we will head to the starting point where we will also have a drink in a local bar. After thar we’ll return to Valencia by the same bus.
Elevation gain: 250m.
Its great attraction, for many, is that on our way we will cross caves and tunnels dug into rock, see resting cabins and lookout points (such as Torre Castro), or pass through ravines that offer spectacular views. But above all o the most attractive point of this beautiful route is the impressive Peña Cortada, a path made in a large boulder about 50 meters long, 25 meters high and 2 meters wide. Crossing the Peña Cortada is a real wonder.
Ruta del Agua de Chelva
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.
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.
La Playeta de Chelva
La Playeta is a unique spot on the banks of Tuéjar river, located in the town of Chelva, whose waterfalls and backwaters become a traditional bathing area that gets its name from the trailing sand accumulated on the shore.
Every person attending must read the description thoroughly and evaluate whether he/she is capable of doing it. Even though I do my best to ensure the safety of every participant of the event, I cannot take responsibility for any accidents that may occur during the hike. By deciding to attend the hike you agree to these conditions.