16th of September
Let’s go to Chera to do a loop around the Buseo reservoir. During this hike we will do a full loop around the reservoir and also pass by an impressive waterfall – el Chorrero de la Castellana.
The Buseo reservoir is a beautiful site reminiscent of Swiss landscapes, and which was formed when a 40-meter-high dam was erected in the Reatillo riverbed, at the entrance to the narrow Tormagal gorge. The dam, built using ashlar masonry between 1903 and 1915, can store 7.5 cubic hectometres of water, an amount that allowed the entire Valencian garden to be watered at least two and a half times a year.
It is the oldest reservoir in the Turia basin and from its commissioning it was the largest in the Valencian Community, until the construction of the María Cristina reservoir in Castellón, completed in 1925. But it retained the first place in the province of Valencia until 1952, the date on which the Benagéber reservoir was built, later its hydraulic utility being merely tourist.
Chorrero de La Castellana
In the town of Chera (Valencia), and within the course of the Umbría de la Viña ravine, also receiving water from the Ermita ravine -the one that feeds the surplus place known as El Chorrero and the Cuevas de la Garita-, there is a little-known wonder of the province of Valencia. We are talking about the Chorrero de la Castellana, a beautiful waterfall that appears in years of rain and that offers, to those who go to it, a unique spectacle, worth visiting.
Barranco de la Hoz
Next to the Buseo reservoir and very close to the camping area, you can find a wonder of nature. When there is rain and enough flow, you can enjoy a unique spectacle: Barranco de la Hoz de Chera. The waterfall, pools and unique rocks that form the gorge of La Hoz, which provides flow to the Reatillo River, the main tributary of the Turia on its right bank and subjected to the Mediterranean rainfall regime with rapid and violent floods caused by torrential rains, which they alternate with strong drafts that leave their bed dry, they are spectacular to witness at different times of the year.
Difficulty: medium/low (12.4km with 150m elevation gain)
Technical level: medium (some tricky trails along the reservoir)
Meeting point: Mestalla, entrance on av. Aragón, 9:00 (return to Valencia ~18:00)
Price: 32 euros (28 euros signing up before Wednesday, 14.09) / 12 euros coming to Chera.
The price includes professional guide, transportation, accident and public liability insurances.
Bring at least 1.5l of water, lunch, sunscreen, bathing suit, cap and hiking shoes.
Become a member and get 6 euros discount for every day hike.