10+6 Must-See Hiking Routes in Valencia

Pantaneros Route Chulilla Valencia

The interior of the province of Valencia offers us magnificent natural spaces that we can get to know through suggestive hiking trails of all levels of difficulty.

Natural parks await us, an outstanding cultural heritage and spectacular mountain formations crossed by large rivers such as the Xúquer, the Turia or the Cabriel. There are also numerous natural pools or waterfalls that we can enjoy in the province of Valencia.

Will you accompany me to discover this selection of hiking trails in Valencia? I am convinced that you will enjoy the excursions. I only ask that you please be respectful of the environment and the places you visit. It is our responsibility. And now… On the Go!

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1. Route of the Hanging Bridges of Chulilla

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Starting from the beautiful town of Chulilla , this surprising, simple and fun excursion leads us through the impressive Turia River Canyon , in the “Los Calderones” Municipal Natural Park, a deep gorge with walls of more than 80 meters.

The route takes us to the Loriguilla Reservoir , which, in addition to offering magnificent views, was the origin of this path, since it was the one used by the workers who built the dam in the 1950s. Hence, this excursion is also known as the route of the pantaneros .

The area has been very popular in recent years and, currently, there is a maximum capacity of 500 people on weekends, and it is necessary to pay an ecotax of €1 at the beginning of the route.

2. The Roman Aqueduct of Peña Cortada (Calles - Chelva)

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Bridge of the Barranco de la Cueva del Gato - Peña Cortada Aqueduct

Located in the region of Los Serranos, in the interior of Valencia, we find a cultural heritage of incalculable value: the Roman Aqueduct of Peña Cortada , which runs between the municipalities of Tuéjar, Chelva, Calles and Domeño, with a length of 28.6 kilometres. The best-known and most spectacular part of the Roman aqueduct can be found in Calles: two monumental bridges that cross the Rambla de Alcotas and the Barranco de la Cueva del Gato. The latter is the best preserved of the pharaonic work, with a length of 36 meters, divided into 3 arches, and a maximum height of 18 meters.

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3. Anna’s Three Waterfalls Route

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Salto Waterfall (Gorgo de la Escalera) - Anna

Starting the route in the town of Anna (La Canal de Navarrés), in the heart of the city, it seems incredible that in just 10 minutes we find ourselves submerged in a fascinating “lost world” with tropical vegetation and spectacular waterfalls. This is how this route is that I strongly recommend doing during the week , in order to enjoy it as it deserves.

The path leads us, with water , green and freshness as protagonists, to the spectacular Cascada del Salto , which falls 25 meters from the Gorgo de la Escalera . A vertiginous waterfall frequented by practitioners of canyoning in the Valencian Community .

The route, although short and not excessively complicated, does force us to overcome some steps with steep slopes and small climbs . It is well worth it.

4. Chirel Castle

Castillo Chirel, Cortes de Pallás, Valencia

Possibly we are in front of the castle with the best views of all the Valencian Community. A fortress built during the period of Muslim domination that overlooks the canyons of the Júcar from its privileged location. The route to reach the castle is short but with a considerable climb, so remember to equip yourself properly and, above all, we must be very respectful of the environment.

5. The Chelva Water Route

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We visited the beautiful town of Chelva, in the region of Los Serranos. There it is worth entertaining yourself visiting its magnificent old town. And it is not in vain that Chelva has obtained the 7th position as capital of rural tourism in 2021.

The Water Route begins in the town itself and, following the course of the Tuéjar or Chelva river, will take us to discover river landscapes of great beauty, old mills, tunnels and bathing areas. A very complete and very attractive route, ideal to enjoy with the family.

Our advice: take a look at the best accommodation in Chelva and enjoy a weekend getaway.

6. Route of the Canyons of the Júcar (Jalance)

Ruta Cañones del Júcar, Jalance

In the interior of the province of Valencia, the Júcar river gives rise to a series of spectacular canyons. Some of them can be explored by river cruise, while others are accessible through routes such as this one, which begins near the town of Jalance. It is of easy difficulty and will allow you to get to know a fascinating landscape and a surprising history of hydraulic constructions. We tell you all the details on the ViveCV website:

7. The Chorradores de Navarrés

Chorradores de Navarrés

In the region of La Canal de Navarrés, just over an hour from Valencia by car, we find a good collection of places with water, with pools and waterfalls. This is the case of this simple route in which a path carved into the rock takes us into a corner of lush vegetation, with several fountains and a powerful waterfall (during the rainy season).

8. Benicadell from Beniatjar

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Walking through the Umbria of Benicadell

We enter the Umbría del Benicadell , a landscape protected by the Generalitat Valenciana, to climb one of the most special peaks of the Valencian Community. Natural border between the counties of El Comtat (Alicante) and Vall d’Albaida (Valencia), Benicadell is a mountain range of great beauty and remarkable environmental and cultural values. Climbing to its summit, 1,104 meters high , culminated by a spectacular rocky ridge, is a mountain challenge that requires good physical condition and a certain amount of courage. The reward, yes, is well worth it.

9. The Serpis Greenway

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The area of Racó del Duc, on the Serpis Greenway

Like all the greenways, this route takes place on an old railway line; in this case, the Alcoy – Gandía railway, which made possible the industrial revolution of “little Barcelona” (Alcoy), by granting it a communication route with the coast, overcoming an abrupt orography.

For our hiking route (or by bike), we are going to focus on the section between Villalonga (Valencia) and l’Orxa ( Alicante ), about 13 kilometers long (one way) and a very moderate slope. We are in a space of great environmental value (the Serpis Protected Landscape) and of great historical-cultural value. Being a round trip route, we can walk until we feel like it and then return the same way. An ideal excursion to enjoy with the family.

10. The Turche Cave of Buñol

Cueva del Turche, Buñol, Valencia

More than a hiking route, in this case it is a simple walk that allows us to know this place that, in the rainy season, allows us to enjoy a spectacular waterfall. A place that, although it has suffered the effects of overcrowding, is still a good alternative to enjoy nature very close to Valencia.

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