Vía Verde del Mar: Hiking along the Mediterranean Coast

The advent of rail transport has had a universal impact on economic development throughout the world. Spain missed the train when much of Western Europe was basking in the riches of the Industrial Revolution but we did eventually get full steam ahead. Around the world many of these lines have now been abandoned; in Spain…

Hiking in Las Chorreras: Nature’s own Water Park

Las Chorreras is a section of the Río Cabriel (Cabriel River) where the water has sculpted the rock into a series of different pools connected by various waterfalls and rapids: it’s truly nature’s own water park. The water itself is freezing, even in the height of summer, but it would be a sin to not…

Hiking in the Valleys of Alarcón: PR-CU-71

Hiking trails in Spain are classified as GR (Gran Recorrido: Long Distance), PR (Pequeño Recorrido: Short Distance), SL (Sendero Local: Local Trail) followed by the code for the region (such as CU for Cuenca or CV for Valencia) and its classifying number. The hiking trail that I bring to you today is PR-CU-71 Sendero de…

Alarcón: hidden jewel of La Mancha

Alarcón is very dear to my heart because when I was younger I spent all my summers in this area as my mother is from a neighbouring village. We would come to Alarcón often to cool off in the refreshing (well, more like bloody freezing) Júcar River and then go up to the castle where…