GR 8: Puertos de Beceite-Maestrazgo-Gúdar-Javalambre
The path covers the southeast of the province of Teruel over a large variety of landscapes: abrupt mountainous areas (Gúdar, Javalambre), leafy pine groves, deep ravines, rocky escarpments, springs, unsuspected waterfalls...
It runs through different regions with peaceful and picturesque villages, some of which have a historic-artistic heritage worthy of national and international acclaim (Beceite, Mirambel, Cantavieja, La Iglesuela del Cid, Mora de Rubielos) thanks to its beautiful urban buildings. The GR 8 begins connected to the Catalan GR 7 at Los Puertos de Beceite, a spectacular landscape of great beauty, before passing through ochre and olive trees to reach various towns in the Teruel part of Bajo Aragón: Beceite, Fuentespalda, Peñarroya de Tastavíns (with a well looked after urban centre), Monroyo (where the network of Small Paths of El Mezquín is connected), Aguaviva, Las Parras de Castellote and Las Planas. The Sierra de la Garrucha leads to Villarluengo and then Pitarque. From here it is possible to take the PR-TE 9, which leads to the small village of Montoro de Mezquita (close to the beautiful rock formation of Los Órganos de Montoro) or ascend to the strange Spring of the River Pitarque. On the Cañada de Benatanduz path you can take the PR-TE 10 that heads for Aliaga, where the Guadalope has formed splendid walls for climbing. From Fortanete, in the heart of the Maestrazgo, are Mirambel, Cantavieja and La Iglesuela del Cid, three medieval towns with many different buildings and monuments of interest, declare Historic-Artistic Sites. In the Sierra de Gúdar is Valdelinares -known for its ski station - is the highest village in Aragon. Other towns of interest are: Alcalá de la Selva, Mora de Rubielos (the castle of which is a National Monument), Valbona and La Puebla de Valverde. In Mora is connects to the PR-TE 7, which corresponds to the GR 10 that leads to Arcos de las Salinas. The GR 8 connects with the GR 10 in Camarena de la Sierra. This town is located underneath the Pico Javalambre peak (2,020 m.), the highest point of the province.After seeing Los Amanaderos you reach Riodeva and then Villel, which is where the GR 8 ends and where it crosses the GR 10 once again. The GR 8.1 leaves from Bordón and then, through La Algecira, Ladruñán and Cueva de Cañart -one of the many jewels of Teruel to remain undiscovered by locals and foreigners -, reaches the famous Grutas de Cristal caves, which form part of the interesting Parque Cultural de Molinos, to Ejulve, famous for its ham drying buildings, before connecting with the GR 8 close to Villarluengo, next to the famous medieval bridge of El Vao. The GR 8 forms part of the European E-7 path, which runs from the Black Sea (Rumania) to Lisbon.
Departure point: Puertos de Beceite
Arrival point: Villel
Distance (km): 353
No. of stages: 15
Beceite - Fuentespalda - Peñarroya de Tastavins - Monroyo (PR-TE 11) - Aguaviva - Las Parras de Castellote - Las Planas - La Algecira - Villarluengo - Pitarque (PR-TE 9) - Cañada de Benatanduz - Fortanete (diversion to Cantavieja, Mirambel, La Iglesuela del Cid) - Valdelinares - Alcalá de la Selva (PR-TE 8) - Mora de Rubielos (PR-TE 7) - Valbona - La Puebla de Valverde - Camarena de la Sierra (GR 10) - Riodeva - Villel (GR 10).
Variante GR 8.1:
Bordón - La Algecira - Ladruñán - Molinos - Ejulve.
It is possible to stay overnight and eat in Beceite, Fuentespalda, Monroyo, Aguaviva, Ejulve, Molinos, Villarluengo, Cañada de Benatanduz, Aliaga, Fortanete, Mirambel, Cantavieja, La Iglesuela del Cid, Valdelinares, Mora de Rubielos, Valbona, La Puebla de Valverde, Camarena de la Sierra, Riodeva and Villel. There are refuges in Ladruñán (El Higueral) and Camarena (refuge guarded all year round, belonging to the Spanish Mountaineering Federation) and it is possible to camp in Fuentespalda and Pitarque. All of these villages are connected by a regular bus service, except for Pitarque.