The Valencian Community is full of corners and places that are worth visiting if you don’t already know them. For that same reason, and thinking about those tourists who visit Valencia and its surroundings, in Flight Mode we want to make some recommendations of some places by provinces that you should not miss if you are a real enthusiast of nature and fresh air.
THE CENTENARY FOREST OF LAS BLANCAS
El Rincón de Ademuz is one of the most unknown regions of the Valencian territory. This inland area, which borders Teruel and Cuenca and therefore has good mountains, has one of the most beautiful and least-known corners of the Valencian geography: the hundred-year-old Las Blancas forest.
This is a group of savannahs with specimens from more than eight centuries ago very close to Alto de las Barracas (1,836 m), the highest mountain in the Valencian Community, and where those who love trekking can find various routes by level to enjoy the mountain either with the family or alone.
The uniqueness of this region makes it an attractive destination with an almost mountain climate in which to rest for a while from the heat of summer if one decides to discover it.
Another attraction of this area is the uniqueness of the villages that exist there as Castielfabib, a small town of just 300 inhabitants full of streets with steep slopes and corners worthy of photography that is considered one of the best-kept secrets of the interior of Valencia. From the highest point of the village, the Torreta or Hospital Tower, you will find unbeatable views and panoramic views of the whole surrounding area.
THE SPOT ON THE ROUTE OF THE ALBORACHE MILLS
The path of the Route of the Elaborate Mills is a walk that can be done on foot, by bicycle and even with a baby carriage and enjoys it calmly and the relaxation of walks by the river, under the shade of the lush forest in summer that can allow us to get a break from the heat.
It has an approximate length of 1700 meters in a route without any difficulty that runs parallel to the river, with comfortable footbridges to wade without any problem, so it is an option to consider to spend a whole day with the family in nature.
The municipality has a long history related to the mills, in fact, in the past, the municipality had up to 11 of which 7 were in the basin of the River Buñol, 3 worked with channeled water from the River Juanes and one was in the San Jaime ravine.
This route starts at the Charco Azul, a spring of crystalline waters that created a small stream that flows into the river Buñol. This thematic path goes through the old buildings that used the power of water for different uses from the 18th to the early 20th century.
Therefore, whether you are a lover of hiking or culture, we recommend this path both for its low difficulty and for the heritage it entails, since along the way you will not only find informative signs about the mills and the different uses that each one was given but also about some of the constructions made to take advantage of the water from these mills that will make you learn and have fun in a refreshing idea away from the heat.
EL CHARCO DEL GRUÑIDOR DE SOT DE CHERA
This is a natural pool located in the heart of the natural park of Sot de Chera, just over 60 km from Valencia. It is one of the most privileged locations in the Community, both for the forests and mountains that surround it and for the historical heritage of the municipality, where visitors can admire its castle, the Hermitage of San Roque, or Las Toscas, a unique spring of stones and waterfalls.
Its fantastic natural pools attract many people in summer who are looking for a natural alternative to chlorine in the pool. The river Sot is one of the attractions of this inland town of Valencia as it crosses it from east to west with its 12 km long, from the spot of Las Fuentes to become a tributary of the river Turia.
It is also home to the first geological park in the Valencian Community, the Chera Geological Park, so it can be the ideal destination for a break to hike and climb and at the same time to cool down.