The San Juan Weekend

24 – 26 of June

This year we are going to explore the foothills of Javalambre mountains during the weekend of San Juan. We will hike several fluvial paths and get views from Picón del Buitre (1956m) as a bonus.

Friday, 24th of JuneMeet in Valencia (Mestalla stadium) at 9:00
Drive to Abejuela
Hike Ermita de Santa Margarita (medium, 11km, 420m+)
Night in Arcos de las Salinas
Saturday, 25th of JuneFluvial path Río Torrijas (easy, 13km, 85m+)
Afternoon at the river
Night in Arcos de las Salinas
Sunday, 26th of JuneHike the Desiderio fluvial path (easy, 6km, 100m+)
Drive up to Picón del Buitre
Return to Valencia around 17:00

Abejuela

In the easternmost foothill of Sierra de Javalambre is Abejuela, the southernmost town in Teruel, right at the border with the provinces of Valencia and Castellón. The municipality is located next to Rambla de Abejuela, a tributary of the Turia river. The limestone mountains that surround the town have their summits flattened by erosive surfaces at heights between 1,400-1,600 m.

Juniper trees dominate this area, along with this species there are black and mixed pine forests and holm oak forests such as those in Rambla de Abejuela, to the west of the population center, and those on the Rambla de Andilla. The new population center was organized along the main street, at the foot of the hillside where the farmhouse is distributed. At one end of the town, on a ravine, a robust defense tower was erected, currently used as a home, dating back to the 13th or 14th centuries.

Ermita de Santa Margarita

This short-distance trail shows us an attractive landscape view of Abejuela, offering the hiker a varied change of slopes through the different places where it passes. Easy and pleasant to walk, it is altogether a gift for the eyes since you can enjoy wide open spaces with a splendid landscape.

Ermita de Santa Margarita – Abejuela


Manzanera

The name of this town seems to evoke inspiration, akin to the times when Newton discovered the law of Gravity after an apple fell on his head. We retrace several centuries when we contemplate the portals of the old wall of the town with its battlemented towers, wanting to close before a modern future. These changes are watched over by the homage tower and the remains of the castle of the Ladrón de Villanova. The church of El Salvador, a baroque work from the 17th century, is also an important building on the route through the town.

Curiosly, its spa called “El Paraíso” invites you to rest because of the name given to the place where it is located, but it must be for a reason. We can also take a walk through Paraíso Alto or through some other Manzanera neighborhoods such as Los Olmos, El Paúl, Los Cerezos, Alcotas and Las Alambras.

Senda Fluvial de Río Torrijas

Beautiful route that passes through the Fuente del Gavilán (it is located next to the A1514 road, which joins the towns of Manzanera and Torrijas), and takes us to the El Paraíso Spa.

During the hike we can enjoy several fountains: Gavilán (with its waterfalls), Cañuelo and las Especias, as well as visiting Sabina del Desmayo, one of the monumental trees in the province of Teruel, which owes its name to the capricious shape of its branches (they fall to the ground as if fainting). We will do a large part of the route next to the Torrijas river, always following the yellow and white PR markings. In the final section we will leave the pine forest area and pass by the Masía del Olba, to finally arrive at the El Paraíso Spa, where we can have a drink.

Fuente del Gavilán al Balneario el Paraíso | TurismoGudarJavalambre


Arcos de las Salinas

Next to the Arcos River, in the foothills of the Sierra de Javalambre, this population extends, known for the salmon trout that are raised in its fish farms; as well as salt mines. Some interesting points can be seen along the valley, such as the Ojos del Río de Arcos, the fish farms that dot the valley and numerous fountains. The vegetation, especially pine forests, cover the slopes of these reliefs. The salinity of these materials allows the existence of salt mines, which have been exploited since ancient times in the vicinity of the town. The first known human habitat in this term is from the Iberian period and is located on the right bank of the Arcos River, in the Cabezo de la Herrería. From medieval times there is an old portal, that of Catarra, through which the town was accessed.

Arcos de las Salinas – Comarca Gúdar Javalambre

Senda Fluvial Desiderio

Route of 6 kilometers , which runs in its entirety, along a well-marked path next to the Arcos River. Suitable for all audiences, with a cumulative gain of 110 meters and an estimated duration of 2 hours (enjoying the surroundings a lot).

We start next to the hermitage of San Roque, located in the vicinity of the Town Hall. We turn left, to go down a path where we find the sign with information about the route. Along the route we have two rest areas with tables and benches. The first is located a few meters from the start, next to a play farm, where we can see a wide variety of animals (rabbits, donkeys, chickens, etc). The second is found shortly before reaching the Arcos River waterfall.

Picón del Buitre

Picón del Buitre is one of the most scenic spots of the region, since it is located at almost 2km above sea level. It also has a great advantage of being accessible by car. Splendid panoramic views open up from here and on clear days it is even possible (although sounds incredible) to see the Mediterranean sea from the peak.

A great way to finish the trip!


Accommodation – El Cierzo de Javalambre

Offering modern rooms, this charming hotel is set in Arcos de las Salinas, within an hour’s drive of Javalambre and Valdelinares’ ski slopes. El Cierzo de Javalambre features a restaurant and a relaxing lounge area with a fireplace. Each spacious room at El Cierzo de Javalambre has stylish, contemporary décor, combined with original features such as beamed ceilings and stonework. There is free Wi-Fi and a seating area with a sofa and a flat-screen TV.

Guests can enjoy creative Aragonese cuisine in the Cierzo’s restaurant. The hotel offers a free tea service throughout the day.


Sign Up

The price of the trip is 195 Euros per person. 50 euros paid in advance to reserve the spot, balance due by 17th of June (free cancellation till 20th of June). 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 17th of June. Payments by Bizum or bank transfer are accepted.

You can use the button below to reserve your spot / get more info about the trip or contact us by e-mail to info@valenciamountainenthusiasts.com

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