15 – 17 of July
During this weekend trip we are going to explore the best of the Geological Park of Aliaga (Teruel). The area offers splendid hikes with lots of things to see – waterfalls, huge canyons and unique rock formations.
|Friday, 15th of July||Meet in Valencia (Mestalla stadium) at 9:30|
|Drive to Aliaga|
|Senda Fluvial de Aliaga (medium, 11km, 250m+)|
|Night in the hotel|
|Saturday, 16th of July||Hike to la Clara waterfall (easy, 10km, 150m+)|
|Visit the old town of Belchite|
|Night in the hotel|
|Sunday,17th of July||Barranco de la Hoz Mala (medium; 13km, 300m+)|
|Return to Valencia around 18:00|
You can read about our last year’s visit to Aliaga here: Geological Weekend in Aliaga – Valencia Mountain Enthusiasts
Geological Park of Aliaga
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 written. 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.
La Hoz Mala
Before starting the Hoz Mala path we can enjoy its viewpoints, starting the hike at the top of the Aldehuela. Here we can take a small unmarked trail that will take us to the crest of the mountain in about 30 minutes. From there we will see the ravine of the Hoz Mala, and an excellent panoramic view of the entire area.
The excursion to La Hoz departs from the reservoir dam on the left bank, going down to the river and going up again on the right bank, seeing unique landscapes with spectacular geological formations. Going along this path all the way inside the Barranco de la Hoz Mala to the Masía de la Tosca, continuing a running route that, passing through the Boca del Infierno, will lead us to the Vallore straits.
Starting from the road to Villaroya de los Pinares, at a conveniently signposted point, we will start this beautiful walk, lasting about 30 minutes (one way) between poplars, prawns, gorse and other native flora. After a short climb that is not difficult, we will be surprised by one of the most beautiful and spectacular waterfalls in Aliaga.
Right beside the new town, famous old town is still standing, in ruins since it was bombed and wiped out during our evil Civil War. Surprisingly, many of these ruins keep splendour from past times…
Check out by yourself the ancient shining in this village, by local guides and enjoy an overwhelming experience. This scenery in ruins and wrapped by legends has been chosen by several film-makers as location for their movies. For instance, Guillermo del Toro, who filmed ‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ here.
Accommodation – Molino Alto de Aliaga
Hotel Molino Alto de Aliaga, a dream place, where time does not run and the environment falls in love. A charming rural hotel, in an enchanted place, where streams, poplars and rocks merge with the hotel to transmit sensations of peace and disconnection.
The Hotel maintains the essence of the old Mill, although it has been completely renovated. It has twelve rooms decorated with elements that intervene in the grinding process, fully equipped, all of them exterior, with a full bathroom, heating, television and minibar.
The price of the trip is 195 Euros per person. 50 euros paid in advance to reserve the spot, balance due by 8th of July (free cancellation till 11th of July). This includes transportation, two nights of accommodation with breakfast, insurance and a professional guide.
Members get a 10 euro discount.
The price is for a person sharing a twin room. You can reserve a single room for additional 30 euros.
It is possible to sign up till 11th of July. Payments by Bizum or bank transfer are accepted.
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