Let’s go to Olocau to do a circular route around the area, visiting various interesting places and hiking up to one of the most important defense castles of muslim era.
Castillo del Real de Olocau
In Muslim times this fortress, together with the castles of Chelva and Morvedre, defended the area of Valencia from the north from Aragonese attacks. Among the news of Ibn Alqama, contained in the summary inserted in the great historical compilation of Ibn Idari, on the 11th century Valencia the name of the so-called “Hisn al-Uqab” is recorded, castle to which the king al-Qadir of Valencia sent part of his women and treasures, apparently inherited from his grandfather, al-Mamun, king of the Taifa of Toledo.
The “Roderici history” refers to the castle when recounting how the Cid in search of treasures after the death of al-Qadir seized the “castrum que dicitur Olokabet”, being considered as the fortress that was attacked first in the province of Valencia.
Full history of the castle: olocau.biz
Springs of Olocau
Font de la Salut, or Font de la Penya, is one of the best known springs in Olocau. The spring is dedicated to Nuestra Señora de la Salud of Xirivella. In 1867 the water from this source was channeled to the Plaza Mayor de Olocau.
La Font de la Carrasca is located in the Carrasca Municipal Park. A few meters from this source there is another source right next to a tank. This fountain is always closed, and you could only drink and bring water in bottles within a limited span of time.
Arquet is a remnant of an ancient aqueduct of Roman origin that is located in the Barranc del Frare, at the end of the Font de Frare avenue, next to the park. The mission of this aqueduct was to drive the water of Barranc del Carraixet, coming from l’Alcalà, through a ditch to Olocau.