Serrania de Cuenca

August 16 – August 22

We are going to take a tour of the most curious corners of the Serranía de Cuenca: bathe in the crystal clear waters of Cabriel streams, walk to the source of the Cuervo river, visit Ciudad Encantada in Cuenca and much more. We are going to spend 3 nights in the capital of the province – Cuenca, and finish the trip with a visit to Albarracín – another charming town, in the province of Teruel.

There is not another experience like walking through Serranía de Cuenca. You will find natural resources of incalculable geological value –”Tormagales“, that look like sculpted cities by fairies and elves, such as “Los Callejones” or the “Ciudad Encantada” in Valdecabras; and the sickles and canyons carved by the rivers Júcar and Escabas-, floral –the extensive natural pine forests of enormous forest value, or Euro-Siberian forests of linden tree, holly and yew trees, whose representation reaches here the most southern point of Europe–, faunal –the high variety of environments of the Serranía favours the development of high biodiversity, serving as shelter for protected species such as the booted eagle, the golden eagle, the Miller’s water shrew, the bermejuela, etc.–, and hydrological –the main wetland is the Uña marsh, which has its origin in the damming of the Arroyo del Rincón–…. Read more

The Plan:

  • Sunday, August 16: Valencia – Monteagudo (stopping in Alarcón)
  • Monday, August 17: Chorreras de Cabriel
  • Tuesday, August 18: Hoz del Júcar (Cuenca)
  • Wednesday, August 19: Ciudad Encantada; walking around Cuenca
  • Thursday, August 20: Ventano del Diablo; Laguna de Uña
  • Friday, August 21: Nacimiento del río Cuervo
  • Saturday, August 22: Albarracín

Nacimiento del Río Cuervo

Although the most visited and well-known area of the Natural Monument is the spring of Río Cuervo and its beautiful waterfalls, there are other notable areas and elements of great relevance and beauty, such as Rincón del Cuervo. Likewise, the high altitude and abundance of rainfall in the area allow the presence of fauna and flora species that do not exist in other parts of Castilla-La Mancha.

There are three itineraries inside the Monument:
Sendero del Nacimiento del Río Cuervo: circular route of 1.5 km approximately that allows to visit the waterfalls and the source. The route to the waterfalls is accessible for disabled people.
Sendero de la Turbera: begins about 150 metres before the source of the river and continues about 1,500 metres crossing a calcareous peat bog and ending in the parking lot, starting point of the trails.
– Sendero del Pinar: marked route of 11 km which is accessed via Sendero de la Turbera. It allows taking a tour through the pine forest and allows enjoying panoramic views.

Source: TurismoCastillaLaMancha.es


Chorreras del Cabriel

Las Chorreras del Cabriel is a magnificent natural area in the province of Cuenca, formed by the Cabriel river as it passes through the municipalities of Enguídanos and Villora. It is a natural area made up of waterfalls, streams and pools of crystalline water. The best place for active tourism and a unique natural environment in Cuenca.
But how is it possible that these strikingly colored pools have formed in the course of the Cabriel River? It is clear that Mother Nature has always been and always will be the best artist. We are facing a set of large and ancient tobaceous rock formations. A singular and exceptional example within the Iberian Peninsula. Also, in case you didn’t know, the Cabriel is considered one of the cleanest rivers on the continent. For all these reasons, the government of Castilla-La Mancha has recently started the process for the Chorreras del Cabriel to be named a Natural Monument.

More info: ChorrerasDeCabriel.es


Ciudad Encantada

Located in the village headman Valdecabras, in the heart of the Natural Park of the Cuenca mountains and surrounded by huge pines, the Enchanted City is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular places in Spain where you can observe and learn about karst geological process and admire these whimsical formations. As a result, the Encahted City was declared a Natural Site of National Interest on June 11, 1929.
It dates back to 90 million years ago, when Enchanted City was part of the seabed of Thetis. It was engulfed in calm waters, which led to the deposition of salts, especially calcium carbonate.
At the end of the Cretaceous as a result of the Alpine orogeny, the sea retreated, and the seabed (composed of limestone) surfaced. Thousands of years of erosion by water, wind and ice resulted in what today can be seen as this amazing geological phenomenon, where children as well as adults will enjoy a magical setting where you can simply let your imagination run and the place will take care of the rest… CiudadEncantada.es


Laguna de Uña

Rarely has the expression “an image is worth a thousand words” had so much meaning. Laguna de Uña is one of the most beautiful corners of the Serranía de Cuenca. Rich in fauna and flora, it is a perfect retreat for activities such as fishing and water bird watching. But above all, it is a perfect destination to spend a few days of tranquility and rest, ideal for lovers of Rural Tourism and Nature.
It is very easy to see some of the most representative animal species of the Serranía de Cuenca here. Waterfowl and birds of prey, mammals of all sizes, reptiles … This water reserve is an ideal home for forest dwellers, who find everything they need here.
The path that surrounds the lagoon, like the whole environment, serves as inspiration for photography and offers dreamy postcards and moments of peace that other places can not offer. This route has is around 3.5 kilometres long and is completely flat throughout.

Source: CasaElEscaleron.es


Ventano del Diablo

One of the mandatory stops on a trip to Cuenca is the Ventano del Diablo, a curious viewpoint carved out of the rock where you can enjoy magnificent views of the Júcar river and the surrounding mountains.
Given the name it could seem as an evil place, where you would need to look for a bonfire, where the most wicked of souls are consumed. This could not be further from reality though. Ventano del Diablo has become one of the most visited tourist attractions in the province of Cuenca, and a perfect watchtower to contemplate the course of the Júcar river in this enclave at the beginning of the Serranía of Cuenca. Although the visit can be done only in a few minutes, its location, on the road that connects Cuenca with the Enchanted City, and just four kilometers from Villalba de la Sierra, makes it an almost obligatory stop.

Source: ViajeConPablo.com


Cuenca

Summarising Cuenca in a few words isn’t only difficult, but it is almost a sacrilege, given that by being austere, we would surely miss something valuable and important. Cuenca is a city for relaxing, not to visit in a rush. It is a city to see from the inside, walking its streets and going inside its monuments; and to observe from the outside, from the other side of the Júcar river; to see it reflect the sunlight or be lit up by night. It is a place to see human’s constructions as well as nature’s ones. To discover hidden secrets of alleyways and backstreets, or to be overwhelmed by the cathedral’s grandness, or completely submerge yourself in the sheath of monuments in the Plaza Mayor; for history of art or contemporary abstract art.
The city that overlooks the Júcar river hanging from the wall which sustains it, is Heritage of Humanity (well-deserved) and as it hangs above the river, it invites visitors to explore it leisurely, savoir it and hang onto it. Cuenca is a city that cannot be condensed, it condenses us and it makes us vulnerable with its splendor and its beauty…. Visit Cuenca


Albarracín

Surrounded by towers and walls, and in a steep meander of the Guadalaviar, Albarracín is an ancient town that could not be more beautiful. As if that were not enough, the mountain range to which it gives its name is lavish with water courses and spectacular waterfalls. A wonderful place for a getaway.
The Guadalaviar River, one of the important water courses that originate in the Sierra de Albarracín, serves as a moat for this town that tops the modern lists of the most beautiful, least disturbed towns, with lots of places to have a delicious meal, and where at nighttime any corner is a charming hotel.

Source: hola.com


Accommodation

We will spend 2 nights in Rincon de Sandra guesthouse in Monteagudo de las Salinas, 3 nights in Alizaque Lodge apartment in Cuenca and 1 night in hotel in Albarracín.


Price

The total price of the trip is 425 Euros per person (125 Euros paid in advance).
Includes transportation, accommodation, guide, tickets to Chorreras de Cabriel and Ciudad Encantada.
Does not include meals and other things not mentioned above.

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