25th of December
The hike within the Sierra Espadán natural park, from Alcudia de Veo to Órganos de Benitandús – imposing rock formations reminiscent of the shape of a church pipe organ.
Los Órganos de Benitandús
Órganos de Benitandús are located in the northeast of the town, and are imposing rock formations that recall the shape of a church pipe organ, hence the name of this small spot nestled within the Sierra de Espadán Natural Park.
From the top of the formations, which are easily accessible along the circular route from Alcúdia de Veo, you can contemplate wonderful views, offering a panoramic of the entire area and of the reservoir. It is therefore, without a doubt, a spectacular place that will leave you breathless, which may be somewhat similar to Garbí lookout point in Sierra Calderona. In addition, at its top, as an added attraction of the visit, trenches and other defensive formations from the Spanish Civil War can be found….. ValenciaBonita.es
In the heart of the Sierra de Espadán, Castellón, there is a small district of Alcúdia de Veo with less than 20 inhabitants. We are talking about Benitandús, a small village located on the banks of Veo river, a corner where the nearby reservoir called Onda (or Benitandús) Reservoir attracts visitors. Apart from that, there is a via ferrata, about 30 meters high, areas for the practice of aquatic and dry canyoning, routes of hiking or areas to ride on the mountain bike. The main attraction is, of course, Órganos de Benitandús.
As for the reservoir – it is a small and old one, located in the municipality of Alcudia de Veo, in the Plana Baja region. The dam that holds the water in place has a height of 28 meters and a length of 119. This reservoir was built in the 1950s on the Veo river, with the main purpose of irrigating the fields of the nearby towns. Its tail engulfed an old mill that can be seen when the water flow drops.
Alcudia de Veo
Alcudia de Veo is a small town in Plana Baixa, located at 465 meters above sea level, next to the Veo river. It is located in the heart of the Sierra de Espadán Natural Park. Although it currently only has a population of about 200 inhabitants, it is a very popular summer area in the Valencian Community. The municipality is divided into four areas: Alcudia de Veo, Veo, Benitandús and Jinquer, the latter uninhabited since the times of the Civil War.
Little is known about the origin of Alcudia de Veo. Its oldest remains seem to come from the existence of a small farmhouse of Islamic origin. The surroundings of the town, mostly natural, offer many opportunities for hiking. Through lush cork oak forests and springs you can reach Cueva del Toro. This route, for example, is for all audiences, an ideal excursion to go with children.
In the municipal area we find several monuments and historical remains. Among them, the imposing Castle of Alcudia de Veo stands out, declared a Site of Cultural Interest and Historical Heritage of Spain. It is located in the north of the town, 600 meters above sea level and on the banks of the Veo river. It is a ruined Arab fortress, from which the town can be seen. Its ruins still preserve a walled structure, as well as the remains of a keep. From its heights, the castle offers an evocative image of the landscape of Sierra Espadán.
Difficulty: medium (11km with 450m elevation gain).
Technical level: medium (mostly single track trails).
Transportation: 9-seater minibus (alternatively, you can drive to the hike starting point in your own vehicle)
Price: 20 euros (15 coming with your own car).
Meeting point: Mestalla, parking lot on av. Aragón, 10:00 (return to Valencia ~18:00)
Bring at least 1l of water, lunch, warm clothes and hiking shoes.
COVID-19 Safety Measures:
– the temperature of all the participants will be measured prior to getting in the minibus
– hand gel use (provided) is mandatory
– wearing a mask is mandatory in all closed spaces