The ideal route for hot summer days with various bathing areas in the waterfalls and ponds around Anna, but also doable whole year round and especially interesting after big rains, when the cascades get bigger and more impressive.
Gorgo de la Escalera
El Gorgo de la Escalera is a beautiful natural area close to the urban area of Anna, next to the football field, with a big canyon, which appears to be sculpted by river waters, and a staircase with 136 steps leading down to it. You can swim in its cold waters or simply relax by the river contemplating the landscape and the sound of water, which falls down to the ravine and was earlier used to produce electricity.
But the bathing area, very famous and crowded in summertime, is shadowed by a gorgeous waterfall in the ravine below it. These falls have somewhat difficult access by means of canyoning, but luckily there is a different way to get there – a trail leading down to it.
Just a few minutes walking from the village we can find the Gorgo Gaspar waterfall, with some stone benches for rest next to a beautiful waterfall and a bridge. This place is also known as Gorgo de Palet, with water coming from Albufera de Anna and forming a fall, which in historical times was used as energy source for a textile factory. The water going down river from here was also used for other industrial purposes, but now it is a place of unique beauty in Valencian Community.
Cascada de los Vikingos
Descending on a trail and leaving the Gorgo Gaspar behind we pass along the ruins of “Fábrica Miguelín” in order to get to the impressive Cascada de los Vikingos, where you will surely get a bit wet with water falling down and ricocheting from the rocks and the pool of this beutiful pond. You may also find some people practicing canyoning here.
Gorgo Catalán is a small pond surrounded by trees, whose waters come from the Fuente Negra spring. The place is conditioned for bathing and has a trampoline where anyone can dive into the depths of its waters. Anna river is really close to the pond and we can get to it following the signposted local path.
Albufera de Anna
Albufera de Anna lake is located 1 kilometer away from the municipality of Anna. The multiple sources of water that come from the depths of it allowed human settlements in this place from the Mesolithic era, as the encountered deposits show us. Its waters are directed towards the town, forming several branches. One of them runs through the area of L’Assut to rush into the Gaspar Gorgo, others emerge in washrooms and drinking troughs, while Acequia Madre crosses the old town along Avenida del Pantano and Plaza de la Alameda, reaching the river.
Already in Muslim times the Almohade town turned it into a reservoir with the purpose of irrigating nearby lands, a mission that has not ceased to be throughout centuries, although from the middle of the XX century the Albufera was turned into a tourist destination. The lagoon is bordered by pines and banana trees that allow visitors to enjoy pleasant walks in their cozy shade. Ducks, geese and herons nest on the island that emerges in the center of the lake, while in its depths we can find carps and barbels.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Anna
El Palacio de los Condes de Cervellón
In addition to housing a beautiful natural landscape, the town hides a very beautiful palace inside, which many call “the small Valencian Alhambra”. The so-called Palacio de los Condes de Cervellón, renovated a few years ago with the aim of converting it into a Heritage Dissemination Center, currently houses the Ethnological Museum of the Villa and the Water Museum, although in the near future it will also have an Archaeological Museum. At the same time it serves the purpose of permanent exhibition, being held in the Christian rooms, offering the visitor the cultural heritage of the inhabitants of Anna.
Its beautiful Patio and Arab Room, among other rooms, will allow you to travel to past through its architecture and decoration, and observe a miltitude of ceramic mosaics, coffered ceilings and plasterwork. Walking through this old palace will allow you to immerse in the history of Anna.
Other places worth visiting
A humid forest of incalculable value hides between enormous rocks, that seem to have been put there by giants in a unique place in the Valencian Community – la Cabrentà. Also known as la Selva de Estubeny this is a precious botanical, faunistic and geological treasure that has last seen human activity at the end of the civil war. This and the sum of years and a particularly humid microclimate, has made it possible nowadays to appreciate one of the few examples of Mediterranean selva.
El Salto de Chella
Salto de Chella is the most emblematic spot of the whole municipality. Every time someone makes a reference to Chella, they can not avoid talking about the spectacular, 25 meter high waterfall located in the channel of the Sellent River as it passes through the town. While its beauty is the main attraction of this place, you can not ignore the charms of the surroundings, like the ruins of the power station, “the cave that rains” or “the paradise.”
Souree: La Web de Chellinos