18th of April
Let’s do an easy route in Andilla and discover it medieval past: an Arabic aqueduct, a Roman cobblestone path, Christian crosses… Various religions and cultures mix in this village.
Read about our last year’s experience here: The Route with (almost) no water, Andilla
We’ll meet in Valencia in the parking lot on av. Aragón in front of Mestalla stadium and drive to Oset. We’ll have a coffee on a terrace and explore the cave houses nearby. Next, we’ll drive a little bit more to the trailhead. The route is quite short, but there’s plenty of things to see. The trails around Andilla have a great mix of medieval remains and lush greenery. After the hike we will have a drink on a terrace in Andilla and then return to Valencia.
Although there are few data on the origin of Andilla, numerous archaeological remains found in the term attest that it was populated by cultures prior to the Bronze Age. Ruins of the 11th century Arab fortification can be seen on the rock that dominates the town of Andilla. Traces of its Arab and medieval past remain near the town: two aqueducts, remains of a road, mills and several crosses. Portal de La Muralla, the Shrine of Santa Margarita and that of Santa Inés, and the Church of the Assumption, are a must for those who come to know Andilla, before or after a complete tasting of its most representative gastronomy, such as the Porridge or the Churra Pot and some delicious Congretes and some Anise Rolls, to finish with a sweet taste in the mouth. Hiking makes Andilla essential for nature lovers. Aimed at anyone who likes to walk, enjoy the environment, observe the landscape and learn about all the cultural and natural heritage that the path offers us, Andilla offers the visitor various routes, including those that are crossed by two Long Distance Trails (GR) that connects different regions of Europe on foot, such as the GR-7 that connects Gibraltar and the Peloponnese, and the GR-10 that connects the Atlantic (Lisbon) with the Mediterranean (Puçol)…. Andilla Turismo
Difficulty: easy (6.5km with 150m elevation gain)
Technical level: medium/low (a creek needs to be crossed once)
Transportation: 7-seater minivan (alternatively, you can drive to the start of the hike)
Price: 25 euros (19 euros for members)
Meeting point: Mestalla, entrance on av. Aragón, 9:30 (return to Valencia ~17:00)
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