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Valle de Cabriel Biosphere Reserve


Adventure in pure nature between mountains, rivers, salt marshes and lagoons

The Cabriel river is the main character of this unique natural space that covers large areas of the regions of Aragón, Castile – La Mancha and the Region of Valencia. It was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2019. The water and the spectacular gorges are the star attractions of the Valle del Cabriel area.

It is an ideal environment for lovers of outdoor activities, such as hiking, horse riding or cycling on the long routes. The river is also the ideal setting for water sports such as rafting or canoeing, particularly in summer.

Its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea (above all in the Region of Valencia) and its numerous routes leading to waterfalls and surprising rock formations make it the perfect choice for a rural getaway. Two good examples are the regions of Los Ojos del Cabriel, which has a hiking route leading to the waterfall of Molino de San Pedro (El Vallecillo, in the heart of the Albarracín mountain range) and Las Chorreras del Cabriel (close to the municipalities of Enguídanos and Villora, in Cuenca), with abundant waterfalls and natural pools.The area is characterised by agricultural and cattle farmlands. Some places of particular tourism interest would be the municipalities of Requena (in Valencia and known for its wine production) and Albarracín (a tiny medieval village in Teruel with a beautifully-preserved old quarter).

Valle de Cabriel Biosphere Reserve

Hoces del Cabriel Natural Park visitors’ centre

Calle Sindicato Agrícola s/n

46310  Venta del Moro, Valencia-València  (Region of Valencia)

Rodzaj obszaru:Rezerwat biosfery Powierzchnia:421 765,93 ha E-mail:hoces_cabriel@gva.es Tel.:+34 963189222 Tel.:+34 639202112 Strona WWW:http://www.parquesnaturales.gva.es/es/web/pn-hoces-del-cabriel/centro-de-interpretacion
Useful information

What you need to know

  • Cultural information

    Agriculture is the region’s main economic engine, especially the production of wine, almonds, olives and cereal sowing. You can visit the prehistoric cave paintings, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, at Villar del Humo (Cuenca), and in most of the municipalities you can find traces of their medieval past, with fortresses and city walls, in places like Moya, Enguídanos and Cañete (Cuenca) and a multitude of archaeological sites, such as the ancient Iberian city located on the hill of Los Villares, close to Caudete de las Fuentes (Valencia). The Mudéjar art in the province of Teruel is also well worth visiting.

  • Environmental information

    This area is defined by its rich biodiversity, above all in its flora, with forests ranging from Mediterranean oak to white pine and juniper trees, calcareous grasslands and pastures. The area’s wildlife species include a notable presence of mountain goats, high-mountain birds and birds of prey. The water of the river Cabriel is recognised for its quality and provides a habitat for large numbers of trout.

  • Information for visits

    As a reference for travelling to the protected spaces in the cities of: Valencia (the A-3 motorway to the area of Requena takes about an hour), Teruel (the A-1512 highway connects to Albarracín in just over 35 minutes) and Cuenca (where the N-420 highway leads into the area in around an hour). We highly recommend that you visit the Hoces de Cabriel Natural Park visitors’ centre (in Venta del Moro, Valencia) where you can find useful information for your visit.