24 – 25 of July
During this weekend trip we are going to walk the fluvial trails along the rivers of Guadalaviar and Guadalope. Curiously, both of them have manmade gangways running above rivers, which will add some excitement to the easy hiking.
|Saturday||Hike: Camino Natural del Guadalaviar (easy; 7.2km, 250m+)|
|Drive to Geological park of Aliaga|
|Accommodation: Albergue Santa Barbara (Aliaga), breakfast included|
|Sunday||Hike: Senda Fluvial de Aliaga (medium; 13km, 300m+)|
|Lunch in a restaurant|
Geological Park of Aliaga
The second day’s trail goes through the Geological Park of Aliaga – a great natural landscape, which constitutes an exceptional viewpoint over the last 200 million years of Earth history. Some of its splendid geologic formations and structures, modelled into impressive landforms, have been highly valued by scientists as almost unique examples in the world.
The Aliaga geopark allows us to cast a new glance at the Earth, to put new questions. The superposed rock layers are the book sheets where the history of our Planet is writen. The points of interest within the geopark make up two different itineraries. The first one is more “scientific” and representative of the regional geology; it includes 11 points showing informative panels. The second itinerary has a more “touristic” aim and includes 9 points, some of them coinciding with those of the scientific itinerary.
Senda Fluvial de Aliaga
The trail consists of two parts – the fluvial path along Guadalope river and Hoz Mala gorge. The fluvial path is an easy walk along the river that starts from Santa Barbara neighbourhood (where we are going to spend the night) and later passes through the town of Aliaga.
The second part commences from the esplanade above the Power Station. From here, follow the small dirt road without sign posts that will take you to the mountain crest in 30 minutes. From here you can see the Hoz Mala gorge, and get an excellent panoramic view of the whole area. During this excursion you will get a chance to spot vulture nests, shrubs and aromatic herbs as well as the Power station dam.
Camino Natural del Guadalaviar
The Guadalaviar Natural Path in San Blas is a fluvial walk that due to its unique beauty and the magnificent opportunities for hiking, is an obligation to visit. This is a route where water is the protagonist and it is the perfect setting for spectacular landscapes and fully enjoying the Guadalaviar Nature Trail. The trail goes along the side of the winding path that this river has marked in its course.
At the end of the trail we’ll find the Arquillo Reservoir. This dam has a capacity for twenty-two billion liters of water and serves the entire province. As a tourist attraction it is possible to go up to the top along stairs arranged for this purpose. From there you can admire the entire reservoir and capture fantastic images of the landscape.
As it is a classic, popular and familiar route, the Guadalaviar Nature Trail is perfectly signposted and suitable for hiking throughout the year. It is ideal for the enjoyment of the whole family, especially on hot summer days.
More photos and Info: Siguiendo la Senda
Accommodation: Albergue Santa Barbara
Situated in Aliaga, Albergue Santa Barbara has a bar, shared lounge, garden, and free WiFi throughout the property. Every room is equipped with a terrace with garden views.
At the hostel, the rooms have a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. A continental breakfast is available each morning at Albergue Santa Barbara. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Aliaga, like hiking.
The price of the trip is 75 Euros per person (18 euros paid in advance to reserve the spot). This includes transportation, accommodation in hostel (bunk beds) with breakfast, insurance and a professional guide.
It is possible to sign up till 21st of July. Payments by Bizum or bank transfer are accepted.
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