8 – 9 of February
Let’s explore the gorges and curves of one the main rivers in Valencia – river Júcar. We will do the route of the canyons on the first day and visit the charming village of Alcalá del Júcar on the second.
Saturday, February 8: The Canyons
This easy route is ideal to enjoy with a family or a group of friends, due to its accessibility and its scenic beauty. The trail goes through the Cofrades Valley until it reaches Caños del Júcar, with the length of 11 kilometers done in roughly 4 hours. Undoubtedly its great attraction is the canyon itself, with steep 200 meter high walls right above the Júcar river. Another highlight is scenic curve, which the river makes at this point.
In the evening we will go to Alcalá del Júcar, where our accomodation is, to take a short walk around the village and have dinner in a nice restaurant.
Sunday, February 9: Alcalá del Júcar
After breakfast we will do a short (5km) route – Sendero el Corciolico, which starts from the village and gives the best panoramic views. You can see some photos and get more details at SuelasDesgastadas.
After the hike we’ll visit the Cuevas del Diablo museum.
Cuevas del Diablo Museum
In the historic center of Alcalá del Júcar there are two of the most historic caves in the town. This is La Cueva de Garadén and La Cueva del Diablo. Garadén’s is the oldest of the two. It is believed that it was built in the Arab era and has a large viewpoint. The function of this cave was warlike.
Alcalá del Júcar was located on the royal road from Castilla to Levante and everyone who came from Castilla to Levante or vice versa had to pay the corresponding taxes on the Roman bridge. Then, the cave of King Garadén functioned as a sentry post, from the viewpoint of this cave they watched the passage of the river preventing people from crossing the Roman bridge while sailing and avoiding paying taxes.
More info: CuevasDelDiablo.com
We will stay in Hostal Rural Rambla. Featuring a restaurant with dishes from Albaceteña and bar with local wines, Hostal Rural Rambla is located in Alcalá Del Júcar, surrounded by hiking and horse riding trails. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. Each room is air conditioned and includes a flat-screen TV. The private bathroom has a shower or bath and free toiletries.
There are 4 twin rooms booked for us, therefore the participant limit is 8 people.
The cost of the trip is 65 euros per person. This includes accomodation, transportation and the ticket to museum in Alcalá del Júcar.