Chulilla is currently considered one of the most visited tourist attractions in the province of Valencia and this is due, mostly, to the impressive hiking trail along the Turia river called “Ruta de Los Calderones” or “Ruta de los Puentes Colgantes“. An excursion that will make you feel tiny walking between the canyon walls, following the Turia river and that will put you in direct contact with one of the most characteristic places in the Valencian Community.
Distance: 15km with 400m elevation gain (5 hours)
Level: medium (most of the route goes along wide trails).
A scenic route along the highest points of the coastal natural park – Desierto de las Palmas. We will walk to the highest peak – el Bartolo, hike along the ridge with great views on both sides, and finish the hike with a visit to Montornes castle.
Desert is the term which Carmelitas Descalzos designate for those lonely and remote places, where they retire to devote themselves to contemplation and prayer. Since there used to be many palm trees in the area, the park was named Desert de les Palmes.
Distance: 11km with 400m of elevation gain (4 hours)
Level: medium (some trickier trails along the ridge for 2km)
One of the most impressive routes in Sierra Espadán – the ascent to Castro Castle. The route passes through L’Arquet de Alfondeguilla and continues through the Fonteta ravine and among the cork oak forests up to the castle.
Distance: 14km with 550m elevation gain (4.5 hours)
Level: medium/high (mostly single track trails).
The main attraction of Valencia’s La Serranía region – Roman aqueduct in Chelva, dating more than 2000 years back, nowadays accessible on foot. The aqueduct gives you the opportunity to walk through tunnels carved in rock, cross impressive bridges, and admire unique scenery of the area. Chelva itself and its historical neighborhoods deserves a visit as well. Take a more relaxed stroll through the town, admiring the old Moorish, Jewish, Christian and Arabic constructions.
Distance: 14km with 300m of elevation gain (4 hours)
Level: medium (mostly easy trails).
The hikes mentioned above are a couple of good hikes within an hour drive from Valencia. That being said, there are dozens of great routes in the region. To find out more you can check out the Past Hikes page and see if you like any of the hikes we have done recently.
Better still, you can use the Contact form below to find a hike that would perfect for you.
There is also an option for overnight trips, spending two-three (or even more) days hiking and exploring some beautiful corners of Comunidad Valenciana. Personally, I would recommend the area around Serra de Espadán natural park, as well as Alto Maestrazgo (Castellón). The former offers travelers to explore some unique cork oak forests, while the latter is known for its remote and quiet scenery.
Make sure to check the Recommended Accommodation page to get some ideas of where you can stay, as the overnight trips rely on their availability and have to be reserved in advance.