Montanejos is an interesting inland tourism destination in the province of Castellón with great scenic appeal and possibilities for active tourism. Among the recreational offer of Montanejos Fuente de los Baños with remains of old Arab baths and natural pools stands out. In summer it presents an excellent swimming area, but it can also be enjoyed in other times as it is equipped with a picnic area and games.
The main attraction of Montanejos are the hot springs with a flow rate of 6,000 litres per minute, which allows the river Mijares to recover part of the decline that it suffers upstream for the diversion to the course to the Cirat dam.
According to the legend, the Moorish king Zeit-Abu-Zeit had built a bathhouse for women of his harem to be maintained always beautiful and young. Nowadays it is an excellent rest area, which is also equipped with picnic areas and playgrounds.
Its water was declared public utility by the Royal Order of October 13, 1863. For its constant temperature of 25° C, the water has hypothermal effects and makes bathing pleasant throughout the year. It also has hydro geochemical and biological properties beneficial to health.
La Cueva Negra
About 800 meters from the village, on the road from Montanejos to Puebla de Arenoso, then you will see the start point on the left hand side of the road, after a brief hike up the mountain of 700 meters, a small upward path leads to the so-called Black Cave or Cueva Negra. It is a cave with great geological interest formed by large blocks that given their disposal, form pseudo galleries. These rock fragments are called clasts and are the product of the release process.
The hike goes through tte area known as Los Estrechos. It lies between the town of Montanejos, and the dam of Arenoso. This is one of the most beautiful areas along the Mijares river and the one with the richest landscape. The river flows through a 25-meter wide gorge, wedged between almost vertical walls, over 100 meters high in some sections. It is a place with climbing areas with international fame and it has great attraction for nature and wild water sports lovers. Currently, there is a signposted trail called “Sendero de los Estrechos”, which borders the area of the narrows in the mountains.
Difficulty: medium (9km with 200m elevation gain)
Technical level: medium/low (most of the route goes along wide trails).
Bring at least 1l of water, lunch, sunscreen and hiking shoes.
The price includes professional guide, pick up from hotel, transportation, accident and public liability insurances.