Alarcón: hidden jewel of La Mancha

Alarcón, deep in the historic region of La Mancha most famous for windmills; Don Quijote de La Mancha; saffron and Manchego Cheese, is a picturesque village perched on top of a rock promontory surrounded by the meandering River Júcar and its valley. As it is surrounded by a river-cut valley, the only way in is also…

Swimming in nature’s jewels inland: Charcos de Quesa

“River swimming in autumn? You must be crazy!” Well, I am not going to try to convince you that I am completely sane but it’s not actually that insane to suggest going inland to enjoy some river swimming once peak season is over. In Valencia the great weather doesn’t magically disappear once the summer officially…

Swimming in nature’s jewels inland: Gorgo de la Escalera

Once temperatures soar during the summer, most people head to the coast to cool off on one of the many beaches that the Valencian Community boasts but little thought is given to anything inland. If you want to get away from the overwhelming crowds and all the problems that come along with it, head inland…

Montanejos Thermal Spa Town

Thermal spa towns are known for their mineral rich waters and Montanejos is no different; most of its tourism is based on these healing waters. Now, before you get excited the hot water that emanates from the ground in Montanejos is by far what one would expect of a typical thermal hot spring. The water…

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…