July 11 – July 12
Let’s spend a peaceful weekend in the province of Teruel, walking along two fluvial paths – Senda Fluvial de Aliga, and Nacimiento del río Pitarque, and finish the trip with a visit to the pretty town of Cantavieja.
Saturday: Senda Fluvial de Aliaga
Before starting the trail of Hoz Mala we can enjoy the viewpoints. Starting the hike at the top of the Aldehuela. From there, we’ll take a small unmarked track that will take us to the crest of the mountain in about 30 minutes. From there we will see the Hoz Mala ravine, and an excellent panoramic view of the entire area.
Distance: 9km (lineal)
More info/photos: Aliaga town hall
Sunday: Nacimiento del río Pitarque
The adventure begins on the way, full of perfumes and bushes. Parallel to this, in meanders and waterfalls, runs a mighty river that ambushes itself in the undergrowth and flows vertiginously with its melody of water and trills. When the panoramic view arrives, it is unbeatable: the mystery of the water that flows from the rock, its boiling water that plummets in a cascade, the thousands of tonalities it acquires. An enjoyment for the senses. The closed configuration of the relief and the abundant water supply that this stretch of the Pitarque River valley enjoys provide favourable climatic conditions of humidity and thermicity for the development of a rich and varied plant landscape. The fauna of Pitarque, as well as the flora, is varied and interesting, including the common trout, the otter and the river crayfish, as well as the griffon vulture and the mountain goat.
Declared a Natural Monument by the Government of Aragon in 2009, it is also included in the ZEPA protection figures “Río Guadalope – Maestrazgo” and LIC “Muelas y Estrechos del río Guadalope”.
Distance: 10km (lineal)
More info: The Silent Route
Cantavieja has been compared to an old ship, or to an “eagles’ nest”. It preserves an impressive architectural site inside the village, articulating around the magnificent arcaded square, consideredone of the most beautiful of Aragon, presidedby the factories of the town hall and the Church of La Asunción de Nuestra Señora. Another of the jewels of the heritage of the Village is the Gothic Church of San Miguel, which hides a sepulchre in alabaster that must not be missed.
More info: The Silent Route
Hotel La Parra is located in Aliaga, in the heart of the geological park. Located in a traditional style building, the hotel has a cafeteria, restaurant, salon and a parking area for clients. The rooms are distributed along the first floor; all of them have been renovated and have excellent views. Each room has their own style, with an exquisite decoration that will make your stay a pleasant experience.
More info at their Website
The price of the trip is 70 euros per person (20 in advance). This includes accommodation, trannsportation, insurance and guide.