Memories of Villalba de la Sierra!!!

So here I am updating my older posts in my blog, and again came across a spot barely mentioned or not at all me think. This is a memorable town if writing brings to life sad moments in my life. For the soul is good to have it, for the memories, for the good times we spent together as a family with my dear late wife Martine.

Let me introduce you to the mountain town of Villalba de la Sierra!

Villalba de la Sierra is located in the province of Cuenca, in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha, in the area known as Serranía de Cuenca (see post) and, more specifically, within the El Campichuelo area. It is located 20 km from Cuenca,(see posts) the capital of the province by the same name, on the banks of the Júcar river.

Many mountain roads access the town of Villalba de la Sierra. The most important, according to locals is the CM-2105. This road is well known, as it is the one that leads to such emblematic places of the province as the Ventano del Diablo, Uña, Tragacete (see post) or the Nacimiento del Río Cuervo (the birth of the Cuervo river). The CUV-9115 road, which runs to Zarzuela, and the CUV-9114, which leads you to Portilla, also start from the urban nucleus. The one we took the most of course, was the road CUV-9113 , as it brings us down from our house in Las Majadas (see post) which is also, known for its famous Callejones (big road in the mountain alleys). For reference, the CM roads are Castilla La Mancha regional roads while the CUV roads are provincial roads.

In the town of Villalba de la Sierra there is a hydroelectric power station in the place called El Salto, inaugurated in 1926 by King Alfonso XIII, which works thanks to the water supply of the Laguna de Uña (see post) through a channel that connects it with a water tank located on a hill near El Salto.

The most well-known places in Villalba de la Sierra are the Ventano del Diablo (or window to the devil) viewpoint, the Cambrón valley, where the remains of an old Carmelite convent are preserved, and the cuttings of the Júcar river. El Ventano del Diablo, an impressive natural viewpoint in the shape of a cave over the Barranco del Júcar where you can enjoy the beautiful views. From the viewpoint you will be able to see the Ventano del Diablo via ferrata, which passes through the lower part of the cut above the Júcar river.

The town of Villalba de la Sierra  (go to “conoce Villalba” °on things to see with emphasis in the Ventano del Diablo here: http://www.villalbadelasierra.org/el-ventano

It is an area good for natural river fishing on the Jùcar river on two spots call the Coto de Villalba, and  El Tablazo

The town been on the banks of the Júcar River, has one of its greatest claims, the enjoyment of the bathing areas and its nature which is a unique experience and highly recommended if you are thinking of visiting this area. From the town of Villalba de la Sierra you have dozens of routes for hiking.   The most famous ones are in this pdf file for printing from JucarAventura: https://jucaraventura.es/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/folleto-senderos-parque-natural-serrania-de-cuenca.pdf

This town we passed all the time for several years and sometimes stop in it for refreshement before going up to our house at 1400 meters (6600 feet). The sad story is that here my dear late wife Martine was treated for pains in the medical center or Centro de Salud in city center while on vacation, the first signs of her terrible cancer. Villalba de la Sierra will be only sadly remember I am afraid.

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So even if it brings back tearful memories, I have to have it here as this blog is the soothing time for me over time, and have many memorials to her and pictures that will stay with me forever. She was a great wife and one heck of a mother, my Martine.

The things to do and see here in a more happier time. Villalba de la Sierra was a nice spot and very friendly people which I thank always. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers!!!  

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2 Comments to “Memories of Villalba de la Sierra!!!”

  1. So endearing to read. Writing and remembering sad memories can very soothing. Great read! Have a lovely week 🙂

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