The Serra Castle

A classic route through the Sierra Calderona natural park – the ascent to the Serra Castle. On our route we will pass by several watchtowers that belonged to the castle and then go up to the castle on a steep trail.


Difficulty: medium/low (9km with 200m of elevation gain).
Technical level: medium (a rocky trail leading to the castle in the final part of ascent).
Bring at least 1l of water, lunch, cap, sunscreen and hiking shoes.


The Trail

The route starts from the Town Hall and crosses the traditional orchards of Tóixima and Ría. Following the route along the GR-10, it passes by Torre de Ría. Upon reaching the forest track, the route offers two possibilities of arrival at Serra Castle: the path on the right, along the traditional Castell path, and the one on the left, along the path that leads to the spring of l’Ombria. The two options lead us to the base of the castle. From there, a steep path takes us to the Serra castle itself.
It is worth taking a walk around the municipality, following the green hiking route, to discover the Serra castle and the views it offers over the coastline and the Sierra Calderona. The fortress rises majestically on the mountain of the same name at an altitude of 536 meters, dominating the Turia valley and the access to the mountains…. Serra – Ruta Castell


The Castle

Built in the 8th and 9th centuries, Serra Castle is a fortress that has a floor plan of 600 square meters. The powerful main tower stands out, with a square plan and about ten meters high, in the extreme northwest. Attached to the tower there are two crenellated walls that converge with it. In the lower part of the enclosure a cistern is preserved. There are remains of a second tower, located to the northwest, smaller than the previous one, as well as fragments of the perimeter walls and vestiges of the exit of those walls and that allow to recompose the irregular plan of the castle.
The castle and its set of watchtowers and fortifications that accompany it must have been part of a much more extensive defensive system. System that was developed around the orchard and the city of Valencia for territorial control and for the defense of Taifa, and later the Kingdom of València…. Serra Tot Natura


Serra

Serra is located in the heart of Sierra Calderona, in the center of a strategic natural axis that serves as communication between the Palancia valley, to the north, and the Plana de València, to the south. The Serra-Torres Torres corridor was the shortest and most common way to go on foot or on horseback to Aragon from Valencia or vice versa, since the way around the Sierra Calderona through Sagunto, or through other mountain passes further inland, were avoided.
Throughout history, this corridor and mountain pass has been a common way of passage for nomads, travelers, couriers and armies. The different cultures that historically have been succeeding in the Valencian lands also established their settlements here, at the same time that they built numerous medieval fortifications used as watchtowers…. History of Serra


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