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The Natural Park of the Sierra de Espada is located south of the Province of Castellón, in the foothills of the Iberian, being one of the best preserved natural areas Valencia.

The Sierra de Espada is a large mountain massif with numerous fountains, cool ravines and dense forests of oaks. Located between the Alto Mijares, Alto Palencia and Plana Baixa, runs between the basins of the rivers Mijares and Palencia.

The declared a park area covers about 31,180 ha. This made it the largest protected natural area of ??expansion of the Castellón province and second largest in our community. Of the 19 municipalities involved, 11 are all within its municipal limits of the natural park (Ain, Alcudia de Veo, Almedíjar, Azuébar, Chóvar, Eslida, Ayódar sources, Higueras, Pavías, Torralba del Pinar and Villamalur); while the remaining 8 (Alfondeguilla, Algimia de Almonacid, Artana Ayódar, Matet, Sueras, Tales and Vall de Almonacid) are only partially included.



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Castellón 3 Km. m. m. Excursiones Independientes


Parque Natural de la Sierra de Espadán | Entre Montañas



Barranc de la Caritat

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Barranc de la Caritat

A & iacute; n is a LITTLE to population & oacute; n 170 inhabitants, with a marked rise & aacute; rabe and urban & iacute care; stico respecting the aspect t & iacute; peak peoples ESPAD & aacute; n. Its white houses, the traditional utility, your ordeal pampered and fresh sources who delight walking its narrow cobbled streets and decorated with flowers and plants.
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The route begins at Calvary, with a chapel of the eighteenth century, runs through the ravine of Caritat to Castle A & iacute; n, during the journey will see an excellent example of vegetation & oacute; n riverside (ash, willows, poplars, etc.), adem & aacute; s a lush forest of oaks, which show us the sig-ancestral resource: cork

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The flour mills are an aut & eacute; ntico bastion of rural architecture Swords & aacute; n, motivated by the waters of the ravine of Caritat, these mills represent His testimonyt & oacute; rico of the struggling handicraft industry of the inhabitants of this town. Currently they are in good condition, tastefully renovated successful as summer homes. Outside we see the ancient stones used in the mill and arch- aqueduct, an old canal along which irrigation water.
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At the foot of this walnut with a crossroads will find various & ntilde; ales of trails, including the GR 36 (red and white) which crosses the park from Natu-ral Vilavella up
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To visit the castle of A & iacute; n go straight, then return to the same point.
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We are at a new crossroads, at the foot of the castle ruins, the dev & iacute; or the right & ntilde; I, marked as local path (green and white) and trail SMALL or path (yellow and white) ascends the hill La IBOLA important natural passage entre two districts: La Plana Baixa and the Alto Palencia, for which currently crosses the CV-200 road (A & iacute; n-Almed & iacute; jar). From this hill adem & aacute; s can climb to Pico Swords & aacute; n, as & iacute; how to address the population & oacute; n & iacute Almed, jar, a trav & eacute; s trails SMALL.
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Castle A & iacute; n (s XII.), Located in a small & ntilde; o mont & iacute; ass & nbsp; amid the canyon Caritat, hist & oacute; richly was one of the n & uacute; m & aacute nuclei; s important resistance Moorish rebels of Sierra ESPAD & aacute; n. Among the ruins especially noted, the remains of the keep and watchtower separate fortified area.


Barranco de Ajuez

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Barranco de Ajuez

Ch & oacute; var is a municipality of origin & aacute; rabe, about 400 inhabitants, situated at 410 m altitude. It belongs to the Alto Palencia and features in their t & eacute;. Rmino with numerous fountains and beautiful corners

During this route, which runs along the cliffs Ajuez and Carb & oacute; n, we can enjoy a well preserved forest of oaks, stunning rocky cliffs with a deep red color that contrasts with the green of the vegetation & oacute leafy; n between the protruding large-sized ferns and magn & iacute; & aacute panoramic GRAPHICS; micas; all makes & eacute; ste one of the landscapes m & aacute; s beautiful Sierra ESPAD & aacute; n.
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The name comes from a word Ajuez & aacute; Arabic which means & quot; common land for grazing & quot ;. The SMALL or wall found at the reservoir has prevented & eacute; ste is covered with sediment washed by torrential rains. It is withconsiders one of the few areas h & uacute; Medes Natural Park as its waters, collected from the valley of the same name, are valuable for wildlife.
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In this place so cool and h & uacute; Mede, ferns develop a large size & ntilde; or even hides the source. The t & eacute; rmino which deriv & oacute; Fresh, originally meant happy, cheerful, well the shape of this source and its own sound. Fountain Fresh is one of the enclaves m & aacute; s appreciated by the people of Ch & oacute; var and those who visit. The waters here & iacute; mannan are rodeno waters, ie water without lime, prized by those ailments ri & ntilde; & oacute; n.
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We continue our way through a large scree and finally arriving at the mercury mines. This mining complex, originally known as Juniper patch, takes its name from the abundance of juniper. In the area there are several abandoned mines,for extracci & oacute; n of cinnabar mercury is obtained. Currently the largest & iacute; a of them are closed given its high danger
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The mine called & ldquo; The socav & oacute; n & rdquo; & nbsp; It was STILL last exploited in Ch & oacute; var (1966) observed it STILL remains of the wagons, the r & iacute; they, as & iacute; as some construction & oacute; n
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At this point we come to a forest track. In front of us we see a considerable bearing oak beneath which the remains of an old trench hide. Continue to the right, we see a peak in antennas, is the Strut Aljub of 948 m, which serves Peak fire lookout.
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From here & iacute ;, itinerary offers the opportunity to visit the Castro Refrigerator, prolonging the duration & oacute; n travel about an hour m & aacute; s. However, the main route continues & uacute, to the right, through the mining complex and allowed & eacute; ndonos seen from above, Grand & iacute;. FICAS views of the cliffs that draw Ravine Ajuez, to return again to the reservoir of the same name
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Coolers or ice wells are constructions, mostly & iacute; a, dating from the eighteenth century. They are stored and prensaba snow collected during the winter to sell in coastal areas during the summer as pose & iacute; a M & uacute; both medicinal and for the transport of food and even for your enjoyment which allowed & oacute uses multiple; the origin of soft drinks and ice cream.


Castillo de Almonecir

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Castillo de Almonecir

In the region of the Alto Palencia, 441 m. altitude, we found a population & oacute; n & aacute source; rabe with nearly 300 inhabitants called Vall de Almonacid. Both in their town and in their t & eacute; municipal district has an important historical heritage & oacute; rich and natural. Touring the population & oacute; n can see the Palace House, the Parish Church and the Abbot House & iacute; a, a set architectural & oacute; nico undoubted inter & eacute;. S

The route starts and ends in Vall de Almonacid. During the tour we will cross farmland of Regad & iacute; o extensive olive grove and visit the ruins of Castle Almonecir, one of the castles m & aacute; s important ESPAD Saw & aacute; n.
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Around the population & oacute; n we find an area Regad & iacute; o where abundant fruit such as cherry and TREES as hackberry, traditionally used for its hardness and flexibilidad in manufac & oacute; n canes and tool handles an application & oacute; n to STILL in use in the valley of Almonacid. The large capacity of subjection & oacute; n the field has made him usually locate on the banks of terraces, where there remains room for other crops and at the same time, strong and large r & iacute; ces hold soil in & eacute; few torrential rains. This TREE is known by many names, including: tinker, llato-nero, allatonero, caicabero, & ldquo; ledoner & rdquo; and even gaiatonero.
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The Fencing & iacute; as the castle, because limestone appear, we can observe t & iacute; peak pine mediterr & aacute;. Neo Aleppo pine with scrub as well known as Rosemary, the Kermes or Aliaga

To visit Castle Almonecir, we turn left and then returned to the same point.

descend to Algimia of Almonacid trav & eacute; s of various camibetween us extensive olive groves, cultivated in the valley bottoms and even steep slopes, this TREE STILL n is an important resource for the high quality of the oil obtained from the variety & nbsp; Serrana ESPAD & aacute; n

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We passed the population & oacute; n Algimia de Almonacid, population & oacute; n home & aacute;. Rabe, located in the district of Alto Palencia, at 486 m of altitude has less than 300 inhabitants

When we got to the bed of r & iacute; o boy headed to our point of origin: Vall de Almonacid
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This Muslim origin Castle & aacute; n the twelfth century - XIII. It was actually a fortified monastery or Ribat, inhabited by a community of Muslim warriors monks, mur & aggravation; bitin and called al-Munastir, name derived from the Latin & iacute; n monasterium, which over time has evolved to Almonecir and recently Almonacid.
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Among the rehese we observed included the impressive Tower of Homage with walls that exceed 18 m. high, the well restored and remains of the defensive wall.


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