1-3 of November
Lets spend All Saints’ Day and the following weekend in Morella, hiking along best routes of Els Ports and even getting into Cataluña to do the Parrizal de Beceite route.
Located at the north end of the Valencian Community and only 60 kilometers from the coast, Morella appears in the eyes of the visitor surrounded by the charm that transmits the strategic position, which fills the landscape, and the centuries-old walls crowned by the robust castle at thousand meters above sea level. Its sixteen towers, six portals and almost two kilometers of wall form a unique silhouette, crowned by the imposing castle. Declared a Historic-Artistic Site, with an excellent municipal rehabilitation work that has been recognized by the World Heritage cities with the Heritage Prize and that has the UNESCO declaration in the cave shelter of Morella la Vella, this city will also seduce you for its tradition, monuments, gastronomy, folklore and its surroundings.
We’re staying in a rural house just 2 km from Morella, which offers wonderful views of the town. It also offers apartments and rooms, which have access to a shared kitchen, and there is free internet access. The apartments have a bedroom and a lounge area with satellite TV and a private kitchen. The rooms all have central heating.
The house has 3 bedrooms with double beds and two more bedrooms with 3 single beds each, plus some extra beds available. In total 12 people can comfortably sleep inside and spend some time in the mornings/evenings.
Day 1: Portell de l’Infern
There are some routes that surprise your with their spectacularity. We’re going to do one of them on the first day, going through three places that, after visiting them, will surely make you want to come back in the future. These are Cova del Aire, Roca Foradada (Arco de la Foradada) and the Portell de l’Infern, all of them located on a route close to the limits between the Valencian and Catalan autonomous communities.
The latter – Portell de l’Infern, is an impressive natural passage through a rock wall. From it you can observe “gamellons” (traditional drinking troughs built on empty logs where the water that filters from the walls accumulates) and enjoy one of the best views of the Tinença de Benifassà Natural Park (Castellón).
Elevation gain/loss: 100m/687m (the route is linear)
In the afternoon will drive to Morella to check in our accomodation place and check out Morella and it’s gastronomy with a walk around town and a dinner in a restaurant.
Day 2: Parrizal del Beceite
The Parrizal de Beceite route is a classic trekking on its own merits. In this route we will cross fantastic landscapes before arriving to the zone of the straits, a landscape carved by the river in the 60 meter high stone. It is one of the most traveled routes in the province of Teruel and every year hundreds of walkers approach to walk through this idyllic landscape surrounded by water and life.
Distance: 8km (out and back along the river)
Elevation gain: 200m
More info and photos: AllaVamos.es
After the hike we’ll have lunch at some place in the area and then visit Salto de La Portellada waterfall on our way back to Morella. The evening can be fully dedicated to exploring the town, it’s historical quarters and a wall surrounding it.
Day 3: Morella-Forcall
It is a magnificent itinerary with links the two main towns of the region. Departing from the historic Morella and crossing saws and molars we arrive in the wonderful Forcall, surrounded by four spectacular molars and cleverly seated on three fluvial currents, which give name to the population by a comparison to the gallows that in this case are formed by Cantavieja, Caldés and Bergantes rivers. We’ll cross the last one twice and it will accompany us throughout the route. Most of the trail runs through the impressive Mola de la Garumba and although we cannot contemplate its majesty, due to being on top of it, we can appreciate the Mola d’en Camaràs that is boxed by Bergantes river in the north.
Elevation gain/loss: 471m/697m (linear route)
The route can be shortened to 8km if we feel like we’ve hiked enough by this point; we’ll decide in the morning.
After the hike we’ll have lunch in Morella and head back to Valencia.
Morella’s traditional cuisine: MorellaTuristica.com