Cuervo, Jùcar at Cuenca!!!

Well a thrilling tour of my posts had made me update revise many older posts but ,also, find places not told yet and they should. Well I am as told a road warrior but do indulge going up in the mountains for the scenery and do some walks. This I have done in the Province of Cuenca, in Castilla La Mancha autonomous region! I need to tell you about it!

There are two wonderful rivers here, the Cuervo and the Jùcar with even more beautiful springs ,caves, waterfalls, and just plain air beauty. Let me go into the history a bit,and hope you enjoy the post as I.

I was around the birthplace of the Cueva del Nacimiento (birth cave) in one of my favorite mountain villages, Vega del Codorno. It is located at 1450 meters of altitude, in the Serrania de Cuenca, on the banks of the Cuervo River, making it the highest altitude town in the province. Where our house was base at Las Majadas at 1400 meters!

The Cuervo River was born next to the town of Vega del Codorno,  specifically on the western slope of the Muela (molar) de San Felipe, at an altitude of 1490 meters. In this place, water flows from a travertine spring and drains through huge stalactites of calcareous tufa rock  covered with moss, forming long and beautiful jets that freeze in winter, offering a beautiful picture photographed thousands of times each winter ( we come in Summer!). A very beautiful natural environment to be as close to nature as you can be.

The Cuervo river empties into the Guadiela, a tributary of the Tagus, next to the town of Puente de Vadillos, after traveling through part of the Cuenca mountains and passing through the well-known spa and mineral water bottling plant of Solán de Cabras (very good mineral water).

In this place, the water ,when it has gushes from a travertine spring and runs through huge stalactites of calcareous rock covered with moss, forming long streams that freeze in winter, offering a beautiful picture photographed thousands of times every year . At its birth you can see caves behind the waterfalls and chasms in its surroundings and it is relatively frequent that collapses of its tufa barriers occur naturally.

Again ,the source of the Cuervo River is part of the Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park, owned by the Castilla-La Mancha Autonomous Region. This place is accessed from the town of Tragacete, which is about 12 km away by road.

The beautiful Cuervo river spring from the Castilla La Mancha tourist office: http://en.www.turismocastillalamancha.es/naturaleza/nacimiento-del-rio-cuervo-54875/descripcion/

The rio Jùcar passing thru the city of Cuenca, and the life of promenades in the shade very nice. It goes around the town up to the mountains and where we stayed at Las Majadas.

The Júcar is a river with a length of 498 km, it crosses the provinces of Cuenca, Albacete and Valencia, and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. It was known as Sucro by the Romans. It is born at 1700 meters above sea level, on the southern slope of the San Felipe hill in the Montes Universales, in the place known as the Ojos de Valdeminguete and also near the source of the Cuervo rivers (see above), Guadalaviar- Turia, Cabriel and the Tagus itself, in the Iberian Mountain Range. The middle course of the Júcar could be considered located between Villalba de la Sierra near the Ventano del Diablo (see post) and the Toba reservoir at the beginning of La Ribera, which is already part of the lower course. The most important reservoirs in the Júcar basin are La Toba, upstream from the town of Uña and in the middle of the Serranía de Cuenca; (see post) the Alarcón reservoir also upstream from the town of Alarcón   amongst others.

Webpage on dams or embalses in Spanish on the Jùcar,and others: https://www.embalses.net/cuenca-7-jucar.html

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The source of the Júcar river is located in near the town of  Tragacete, north of the Serranía de Cuenca Natural Park. Very close to the source of the  Júcar river you will find the Molino de la Chorrera. It is a fabulous waterfall through which the water escapes from within the rock itself, creating an image very similar to that found at the source of the Cuervo River (see above).

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It is born exactly on the southern slope of the Cerro de San Felipe, also near the sources of the Cuervo, Guadalquivir-Turia, Cabriel and Tajo rivers; all of them located in the Iberian Mountain Range. It must be indicated that the area of the Serranía de Cuenca is an area of farst reliefs, which has caused that as it passes the Júcar river it creates forms and natural phenomena such as canyons, caves, streams and more natural phenomena resulting from water erosion. You will find several of these examples reflected in the Ciudad Encantada (see post) or enchanted city, and in the Callejones or alleys, since you can appreciate the different forms that the rocks have adopted over time due to the erosion of water and wind.

Of course, I was very closed staying in Las Majadas up in these mountain ranges but for more clarity from the big town of Cuenca ,the ideal route is to go towards Tragacete on the CM-2105 road. From the town of Tragacete, you will find signs that will take you to the Molino de la Chorrera. The Molino de la Chorrera is usually considered as the source of the Júcar river, since visually it is where you can appreciate the birth of water from within the earth. A few meters from the Molino de la Chorrera ,there is parking where you must leave your car and walk up these wonderful beautiful ways.

The city of Cuenca tourist office on the Jùcar riverhttps://visitacuenca.es/es/content/descubre-naturaleza/nacimiento-del-rio-jucar

Our little experience in mountain jogging here was limited to short walks along the road never inland but we saw many folks doing it all over the mountain range passing on the road. Even the house owners where we were took out all kinds of brochures and maps on doing walks,jogging, and even swimming in this are in Summers. Should be fun if into this kind of outing; we just love the scenery! Hope you like the post and be more active on these things. The Serrania de Cuenca is prime location for outdoor activities.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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