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Contact details

Castile-La Mancha Regional Organisation of Nature Areas
Tel.:+34 949360100

Location

Alto Tajo nature reserve

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    Ecotourism. ECST (European Charter for Sustainable Tourism) accreditation for certain natural areas.

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    European Geoparks Network




Description

One of the most important biodiversity areas in Castile-La Mancha

Situated between the south-east of Guadalajara and the north-east of Cuenca, this nature reserve is the largest network of canyons and gorges in Castile-La Mancha. Most of the typical characteristics of the Iberian Mountain Range can be found in the Alto Tajo region. Some of the important features of the terrain are linked with the courses of the rivers such as the canyons, gorges and terraces, as well as singular shapes on the slopes such as crevices, jagged peaks and monoliths.

The network runs along the Tajo River and a large number of tributaries, including Cabrillas, Bullones, Gallo, Arandilla, Salado, Ablanquejo, Hoceseca and Tajuelo. The reserve also has five singular spots: the source of the Cuervo River, the pools of Taravilla and Valtablado and the salt pans of Armallá and Saélices.

See tourist services and activities in the park


Type of area
Nature reserve

Area
176.265 hectares

Map

Access and surroundings

Environmental information

Its highlights are its wide variety of flowers and vast pine forests. Regarding its fauna, there are birds (including birds of prey such as griffon vultures and Bonelli's eagles), mammals such as wild cats and otters, micromammals and reptiles, nine types of amphibians and seven indigenous fish species.

Information for visits

The reserve has a Visitor Centre situated in Corduente (Guadalajara) which provides all the information on the natural resources in this protected area.