Sierra Calderona Natural Park – Valencia

Sierra Calderona Natural Park – Valencia

Gemma i Salva, the owner of El Secanet looks forward to welcome you to Sierra Calderona Natural Park – Valencia

Description

Sierra Calderona: A different tourist destination in the mountains of Valencia, where you can truly relax and shake off the stresses of the city life. Natural springs, ravines and a wide range of plant and animal species all add to the biodiversity of the beautiful surroundings. Rich historical and archeological remains bear witness to the Iberian, Roman and Muslim past of the Sierra Calderona and its villages.

Travel guide

How to Get There

You can access the park by the following roads:

Highway CV-35 Valencia-Ademuz: Take exit 25A in Llíria and continue on regional road CV-25 toward Marines/Olocau.

National road N-234 Sagunto – Teruel: When getting to Segorbe you can continue on regional road CV-25 toward Altura and the park.

Highway CV-35 Valencia-Ademuz: Take the exit to Náquera/CV-310. Cross the village and continue on the CV-310 road. You’ll find a left turn that leads you to the central sector of the Sierra and to the Carthusian monastery of Porta-Coeli.

From highway V-23/A-23 Valencia-Sagunto: Take the exit to a gas station and then ‘cami de Lliria’ to merge onto national road N-234 toward Teruel. Leave the N-234 road toward Gilet and continue toward the Valle de Toliu and the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Monasterio de Santo Espíritu).

From the N-234, take exit to Segart/Albalat dels Tarongers/Estivella and head towards Segart  on regional road CV-329 and continue towards the village of Serra.

Sierra Calderona Natural Park – Valencia: Plan your journey by public transport

Valencia Railway Station

The railway station of Valencia (Joaquin Sorolla Station) offers connections in all directions, amongst which AVE high-speed trains to Madrid.

Railway Station Sagunto

The train station of Sagunto offers connections to Valencia, Barcelona and Zaragoza, amongst others.

Central Bus Station Valencia

The Central Bus Station Valencia offers connections to most villages of the province and to the main towns of the region as well as daily service to national and numerous international destinations.

Valencia Airport

The airport of Valencia offers flights to national and international destinations.

Sierra Calderona Natural Park – Valencia weather forecast

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Places to go

Canet Beach

Canet is a lively beach in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The Mediterranean Sea.

TO DO: Sunbathing, playing ball, frisbee….

RECOMMEND: Quite crowded and lively beach.

Port de Sagunt Beach

 

El Port de Sagunt has beaches with very clean water in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The Mediterranean Sea.

TO DO: Sunbathing, playing ball, frisbee…

RECOMMEND: Very clean water, especially in the area on the right, varied cuisine and many restaurants.

Valencia Malva-Rosa Beach

Malva-Rosa or Malvarrosa is a classic beach in Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The Mediterranean Beach

TO DO: Sunbathing, playing ball, frisbee….

RECOMMEND: Classic Valencia beach, with many restaurants of which we’d recommend El Estimat, La Carmela and El Balneario de Las Arenas.

Xilxes Beach

Xilxes or Chilches is a nice beach on the Mediterranean coast, located near Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The Mediterranean sea.

TO DO: Sunbathe, playing ball, frisbee…

RECOMMEND: The cove on the left is ideal for playing with children. Beach with high iodine content, even in August not too crowded.

Almedijar

Trip to the village of Almedijar, located in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The church.

TO DO: Taking a stroll through Mosquera and the village.

RECOMMEND: Visit the cheese shop ‘Quesería de los Corrales’ and have lunch at El Castillo restaurant.

Sagunto

Sagunto, declared a Property of Cultural Interest, still preserves many archaeological remains and monuments well worth a visit.

TO SEE: “Arse” for the Iberians, “Saguntum” for the Romans, it still preserves many archaeological remains and monuments in the old town, which bear witness of its importance in the ancient world. Sagunto old town has been declared a Property of Cultural Interest.

TO DO: Fascinating town, especially for history fans who will love to see the Roman ruins (e.g. theatre), the castle, Calvary and the old town.

RECOMMEND: Taking a walk through the old town and visit the Roman ruins.

Segorbe

Segorbe, located in the region of Valencia, has a medieval layout that conceals several architectural gems well worth a visit.

TO SEE: The village of Segorbe is immersed in a fertile plain, washed by the Palancia river. Its medieval layout conceals several architectural gems, like the cathedral, and the vestiges of the ancient wall.

TO DO: Visiting the square of Agua Limpia, the 16th century City Hall (former palace of the Duke of Medinaceli), the cathedral of Santa María and its museum, the circular tower of Botxí and the prison’s tower, the Archaeological Museum and the Ethnology Museum.

RECOMMEND: Strolling through the weekly market on Wednesday and having a coffee at the El Gourmet Bar.

Valencia

Valencia, city of arts and sciences in Spain.

TO SEE: There are few cities like Valencia, able to harmoniously combine the remnants of its farthest past, dating to the year 138 BC, with the most innovative and avant-garde buildings from the new millennium.

Thanks to its location, Valencia has historically been Spain’s Mediterranean port and has that special charm of cities that are also seaports.

TO DO: Valencia is trade and culture, cinema, theatre, museums, magic, business. It is the centre of international and avant-garde design, and one of the most active cities in Europe regarding fairs and conferences.

In summer, relax on one of its beaches and take a bath in the Mediterranean Sea.

RECOMMEND: Oceanografic, Bio Parc, City of Arts and Sciences (Ciudad de las ciencias), the old town.

Village of Navajas

Taking a walk through the village of Navajas, in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The waterfall called ‘the bride’s jump’ – El Salto de la Novia.

TO DO: Having a walk.

RECOMMEND: Visit the house of the Boluda family.

Village of Serra

Trip to Serra, a village located amidst the Sierra Calderona Nature Park in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: Pine forests and fountains.

TO DO: Taking a walk through the village and hiking in the Sierra Calderona.

RECOMMEND: Having lunch at El Granero Restaurant.

Albufera Natural Park

Albufera Natural Park in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The lake.

TO DO: Boating trip and having lunch in El Palmar.

RECOMMEND: Book your boating trip with Josep and have lunch at El Establimet (in the outskirts of El Palmar).

Bejís

Hiking tour in Bejís along the Palancia River, region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE:
Source of the Palancia River.
7,000 year old cave paintings.
Iberian and Roman remains.

TO DO: Hiking and visiting the ethnological museum.

RECOMMEND: Walking alongside the Palancia River until getting to its source.

El Regajo Water Reservoir

El Regajo water reservoir is located in the region of Valencia, Spain, and an ideal place to do kayaking.

TO SEE: The landscape.

TO DO: Kayaking, remote controlled model boating.

RECOMMEND: Book previously.

Montanejos

Montanejos is a village with thermal waters, located in the region of Valencia, Spain.

TO SEE: The village of Montanejos has long been a popular destination with tourists thanks to its waters. The vegetation is typically Mediterranean, with natural areas covered in extensive pine forests.

TO DO: Taking a bath, hiking and climbing

RECOMMEND: Take a bath in the river or in the Spa with its thermal water.

San José Caves

San José Caves in the Sierra Calderona Nature Park, Valencia.

TO SEE: The surroundings and the Bat Museum

TO DO: Boating trip on the subterranean river, 20 min.

RECOMMEND: Book in advance by phone.

Routes

Hiking in the Sierra de Espadan Nature Park

Hiking routes through the Sierra de Espadan Nature Park, located in the region of Valencia, Spain.

The Sierra de Espadan Nature Park offers a unique combination of Triassic sandstone soil and copious rainfall and maintains magnificent pine tree and cork oak forests as well as beautiful streams. There are several hiking tours, amongst others:

Green route: Barranco de Ajuez (Chóvar):
During this route, which runs along the ravines of Ajuez and Del Carbón, you’ll enjoy a well preserved forest of oaks, impressive rocks with an intense red color that contrasts with the green of the lush vegetation, and magnificent views.

Red route: Barranc of Caritat (Aín)
The route begins in the Calvario, with an 18th century hermitage, and runs through the ravine of Caritat to the castle of Ain: During the route you will observe an excellent example of riverbank vegetation (ash, willows, poplars, etc.) and a lush forest of oaks, which show the signs of an ancestral resource: the cork.

Blue route: Castle of Almonecir (Vall de Almonacid):
The route starts and ends in Vall de Almonacid. During the tour you will cross irrigated farmland and a large olive grove. You’ll visit the ruins of the castle of Almonecir, one of the most important castles of the Sierra de Espadán.

Distance/Time:
Green route: Barranco de Ajuez (Chóvar):
Distance: 11,2 km
Estimated time: 3 h
Difference in height: 325 m
Difficulty: Medium

Red route: Barranc de la Caritat (Aín):
Distance: 3,4 km.
Estimated time: 1h
Difference in height: 140 m.
Difficulty: Low

Blue route:Castle of Almonecir (Vall de Almonacid):
Distance: 3,4 km
Estimated time: 1h 30′
Difference in height: 140 m.
Difficulty: Low

Hiking tour to the El Garbí Viewpoint in Sierra Calderona

 

The Sierra Calderona Nature Park is located in the region of Valencia, Spain.
Access from the villages of Serra or Torres Torres. Taking the CV-310 road you’ll get to the top of the mountain pass of Oronet (500 meters). From there merge onto CV-334 to Barraix / Garbí / Segart. Whithout leaving the asphalt road towards the Garbí, you’ll get to the parking area and the starting point of the route.

Leave the car park towards the viewpoint ascending on a reddish path. The El Garbí viewpoint has impressive precipices, forming a spectacular balcony facing the valley of the Palancia river, the Mediterranean Sea and the distant city of Valencia.

On the trail back to the starting point you’ll see the valley of the Palancia river and in the background the Sierra de Espadán in the province of Castellón.

Distance/Time:5 km / 1 hour
Not suitable for cycling
Points:
Serra o Torres Torres – Garbi

Ojos Negros Scenic Route

The Ojos Negros scenic route is with 179 km the longest ‘greenway’ or via verde, which are disused railway tracks converted into cycling or hiking trails.

The old railway track that supplied the material for iron blast furnaces of the Port of Sagunto, from the village of Ojos Negros in the province of Teruel, has become the longest Spanish Via Verde (these ‘greenways’ or scenic routes are disused railway tracks that have been converted into cycling and walking tracks).

This route starts in the village of Algimia d’Alfara, passes Segorbe, Jerica, Regajo Swamp, Barrcas, Sarrion to Teruel and ends in the mining village of Ojos Negros.

Distance/Time: Distance: 179 km
Differenc in height: 513 m
Difficulty: Very easy
Points:
Algimia de Alfara, Segorbe, Jerica, Pantano del Regajo, Barracas, Sarrion, Teruel, Mining village of Ojos Negros

The Route of El Cid

The route of El Cid is a cultural and touristic route that follows the steps of Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, El Cid, a famous 11th-century mediaeval knight. This route is based on “El Cantar de mio Cid”, the great Hispanic mediaeval epic poem written in the late 12th or early 13th century. Due to its length (approx. 1,400 kilometres of paths and 2,000 kilometres of roads), the route is divided into Sections.

On this page, we’d like to recommend the section called “The Conquest of Valencia”, which starts in Cella (province of Teruel) and ends in Valencia, passing through several towns and villages, amongst others Algimia de Alfara.

You can do the route:

By Road (C): Primarily for motorised vehicles, but since 80% of the route is on secondary roads with low traffic density (except for the provinces of Valencia and Alicante) it is used by many cyclists who prefer asphaltic paths or want to change from one road to another.

On singposted hiking paths (S): Ideal for hikers and mountain bike cyclists. The Route of El Cid was originally a network of paths (to be traversed on foot), and so certain parts of it may be difficult to travel along by mountain bike. These sections are marked in our travel logs and alternative options are given.

Distance/Time: 228.50 km
Points:
Cella, Teruel, La Puebla de Valverde, Valbona, MOra de Rubielos, Fuentes de Rubielos, Olba, Puebla de Arenoso, Montanejos, Montán, Caudiel, Jérica, Segorbe, Geldo, Soneja, Sot de Ferrer, Algar de Palancia, Algimia de Alfara, Estivella, Albalat dels Tarongers, Sagunto, Puçol, Puig, La Pobla de Farnals, Massamagrell, Albalat dels Sorells, Meliana, Almàssera, Tavernes Blanques, Alboraya, Valencia

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