The Trip to Sierra de Cazorla y Segura

August 9 – August 15

Let’s explore the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park doing various fluvial routes, such as the headwaters of Borosa river and the headwaters of Mundo river, and also visiting the nearby towns in the area, among which Cazorla and Ayna stand out the most.

Sierra de Cazorla is one of the most appreciated natural spaces in Spain. Here we can find a wide variety of animal life as well as abundant and rich flora. In addition to that, the fact that it is becoming more and more visited space, the paths are endowed with signs and info panels, which makes your visit easier. In addition, the increase in visitors has not had an impact on its conservation, which is still excellent.

The plan:

  • Sunday, August 9 – starting from Valencia; visiting Ayna in the evening
  • Monday, August 10 – Nacimiento del río Mundo trail
  • Tuesday, August 11 – transfer from Arroyofrío to Hornos; Segura de la Sierra visit
  • Wednesday, August 12 – Nacimiento del río Borosa trail
  • Thursday, August 13 – cruise on a boat; visiting Cazorla
  • Friday, August 14 – acquatic activities; more villages in the evening
  • Saturday, August 15 – Nacimiento del río Guadalquivir trail; return to Valencia

Nature and Hiking

Embalse de Tranco

The Tranco Reservoir is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most popular corners of the entire Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park. One of the most interesting attractions within the Tranco Reservoir is the Isla Cabeza de la Viña. This beautiful island is located in the southern part of the reservoir and is notable for its scenic value.
But it is also a place of great monumental wealth, since next to this island is a small islet crowned by the Castle of the island of Bujaraiza. Next to the reservoir, in the municipality of Hornos, is the Collado del Almendral Hunting Park. On a guided tour, you will be able to observe animals in semi freedom and enjoy numerous species of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.


Río Borosa trail

One of the most notable routes within Sierra de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas Natural Park is the one that runs alongside the Borosa River. If you want to discover the fauna of this mountain range, add this route to your getaway itenerary through this protected area. The Borosa river is born in the Aguas Negras lagoon and runs to the Tranco reservoir. A beautiful route through different footbridges over the Borosa river results in a very pleasant way to spend a day in Sierra de Cazorla.

Full description in MásAlládelaCiudad


Nacimiento del Río Mundo

Mundo River is born in Riópar, a small town in Albacete. The water, after passing through kilometers of karst caves and galleries called Calares del Mundo, comes out through the Cueva de los Chorros and falls for over 100 meters. The usual thing is to do the climb, with an elevation gain of 300 meters, in about an hour and a half. The effort required to reach the Chorros del Río Mundo is rewarded by the incredible spectacle that awaits us at the top of the trail, just at the entrance to the cave from which the waterfall arises.

Source: EscapadaRural.com


Nacimiento del Río Guadalquivir

The headwaters of the most important river in Andalusia are located in an area of great ecological value within the Natural Park. It is a cool and pleasant place, where ash, maple and majestic trees accompany the “Big River”, as the Arabs called it, in these first steps. Around it we will find curious geological formations with dense pine forests. A few hundred meters further up is the Cañada de las Fuentes forest house where there is a recreational area where fallow deer can be observed frequently in small groups.


The Villages

Cazorla

Under the protection of Peña de los Halcones and at the threshold of the largest protected area in all of Spain is Cazorla, one of the most beautiful towns in the province of Jaén. What makes it beatiful is the fact that Cazorla combines three of the main facets that make a rural getaway a memorable experience: splendid nature, suggestive heritage and stimulating gastronomy. If we add to this the jovial character of the people – Cazorleños, and the low cost of services compared to other parts of the Peninsula, we can hardly wait to pack our bags.

Source: Publico.es


Ayna

Nestled on the banks of the Mundo River, on the slopes of Monte San Urbán, is this beautiful town that, thanks to its rugged topography, has been called the “Manchegan Switzerland”. Its privileged location in the Sierra del Segura de Albacete has gifted it some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire province, characterized by abundant vegetation and captivating wildlife, including the famous almond-eating goats that pass along the hills, not to mention the presence of snow in the winter season, which, covering the mountain, creates a phenomenal impression.


Other Activities

Boat Tour

There are two routes through the reservoir, with the possibility of combining them in a single boat trip.
The Hornos route will take us to the northern part of the reservoir, where the town of Hornos, its castle and the imposing Yelmo with its 1,809 meters of altitude can be seen in the background. We will enjoy spectacular views and have a unique experience of the most emblematic reservoir in Andalusia. In the final part of the tour we will reach the vicinity of the Chorreón waterfall, a spectacular corner of this part of the reservoir, marked in the network of trails, a must-see on foot.
The Bajaraiza route will take us to the southern part of the reservoir, where we will be able to see the Sierra de las Villas on the right and the imposing mountain range of the Banderillas peak in the central area, one of the highest points of the Natural Park, with almost 2,000 meters of altitude.

There are also several options to navigate the reservoir without the help of motor boat. You can choose between kayaking, paddle surfing and rowing, among others.


Accommodation

We will stay in rural houses, first two nights in Arroyofrío, and most of the nights – four, in Hornos, next to the Tranco reservoir.

Located in Arroyofrío, Casa Rural Arroyofrio Riópar offers a shared lounge, free WiFi and a shared kitchen. This accommodation offers river views and a balcony. The house has 4 bedrooms, a kitchen with a dishwasher and a microwave, a seating area, and a bathroom with a hot tub.

Located in Hornos, Mesoncillo NEO offers air-conditioned accommodation with access to the garden with a barbecue. All houses are equipped with a patio, a fully equipped kitchen with a microwave, a fireplace, a seating area with a sofa, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with a shower. The house also has a terrace.


Price

The total price of the trip is 460 Euros (125 Euros paid in advance).
Includes transport, accommodation, insurance, guíde and boat ride.
Does not include meals.

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