13 of September
This time we’re going to Bejís to do the Springs of Palancia river route. We’ll follow the PR-CV 275 trail most of the time, with a detour to a charming village el Molinar. There are a couple of spots to take a dip, like fuente los Cloticos and other pools formed by the Palancia river.
Difficulty: medium (12km with 250m elevation gain).
Technical level: medium (trails and roads with no technical difficulty).
Price: 16 euros (includes guide, transportation and insurance).
Meeting point: Mestalla stadium, parking lot on av. Aragón, 8:45
Bring at least 1l of water, some snacks, cap, sunscreen, swimsuit and hiking shoes.
Fuente Los Cloticos
Whoever visits Bejís, a small town of Castellón with just over 300 inhabitants, has an obligatory stop at the recreational area of Fuente de Los Cloticos, a magnificent place to spend a day thanks to its abundant vegetation and freshness, very close to the Palancia river. The area has a spring where people gather Bejís water from; tables and benches in the shade for a picnic; paelleros; and the possibility of bathing, depending on the season, in the nearby river.
The area is perfect for hiking and enjoying nature with the family, having a picnic in the recreation area or taking a bath in the crystal clear waters of the river. It is a perfect route, without a doubt, for summer, although it is suitable for any season (yes, we warn you that the water is cold)….. Valencia Bonita
In the municipal area of El Toro, Castellón, there is a town with great charm, a small village nestled in the middle of nature where time seems to have stopped: El Molinar. This corner has a very special charm, especially when there is water in the nearby pools, Barranco del Hocino or the Palancia River, which the latter crosses, on the right bank, the houses and a small bridge that spans the course of the river, suitable for human passage.
As soon as we arrive at El Molinar, a travertine rock welcomes us on the left side, formed by the precipitation of calcareous water over thousands of years. The houses, mostly made of dry stone masonry, make up a beautiful landscape that will make visitors enjoy.
Its character as a passage between Aragon and Valencia, the abundance of waters have conditioned that human settlement has been continuous, cave paintings dating back 7000 years, archaeological remains from the Iberian and Roman times are abundant, the subsequent Muslim influence is also clear. In 1228 after the conquest by Pedro Fernández de Azagra, lord of Albarracín, Bejís joined the new Christian kingdom created by King Jaime I in Valencia.
The Aqueduct of Bejís was declared a National Monument in 1983. It is considered to be of Roman origin, reformed in Muslim times, with its five arches resting on six pillars of powerful limestone ashlar, and is currently awaiting a second phase of restoration and It has a scaffolding-formwork, which removes the only arch under which an access road passes.