Curiosities of Arcas del Villar !

In my road warrior ways in my dear Spain, I cross so many towns seems sometimes to forget in my vault of pictures, I have written on the church before, but need to tell you more of it, As Spain ,everything under the Sun! We have wonderful memories of my dear late wife Martine and the boys, always on the road warrior ways to find jewels in the arid lands of Don Quijote! And we arrived in the Province of Cuenca , in the autonomous region of Castilla La Mancha to the nice small town of Arcas del Villar. I like to tell you a bit more on this off the beaten path jewel, and on my black and white series, no pictures. Here we had a 4×4 car ,but with little time and rough roads decided to just go around it on the roads, however, is on the list for a return trip eventually.

Arcas del Villar is located 8 km from Cuenca by the N-420 road  ,very popular indeed ,at an altitude of 959 meters. You ,also, can reach it from Cuenca on the road N320a and then the local CM 220.

In the town including several small villages, the highest peak is the  Monte Talayuelo at 1273 meters. It has a mountain pass call Puerto La Tórdiga at 1200 meters. The town is cross by the San Martin river and has several lakes on the complex Lagunar de Arcas, this declared a Natural Reserve. If dwelling into nature, the Lagunar de Arcas or lagoons are a must.

Talayuelo is a mountain. The summit is occupied by numerous communication repeater antennas used for radio links between the city of Cuenca and the rest of Spain. The port Tordiga in the Mount Talayuelo is even more country and need specially a 4X4 vehicule. It is accessed by car on the CM 220 by a road in good condition that leaves from the slopes of the port Tórdiga, and goes between fallows until entering the zone of the lower mount and woodland before the summit of Mount Talayuelo. Also at this point we find the geodesic vertex of Talayuelo, which has a stone structure, which, if you climb it, you will enjoy even more impressive views, so they say.

The Lagunar de Arcas lagoons are distributed among the towns of Arcas del Villar, Valdetórtola and Villar de Olalla. The total of the reserve is made up of an area of ​​219 hectares and stands out for its geomorphological interest, as it is one of the few gypsum karstic systems in Europe. The protected area includes some thirty sinkholes (funnel-shaped sinkholes in the land) and uvulas (the union of two sinkholes), most of which contain water. In fact, you can count up to 20 lagoons of various sizes and depths, some up to 15 meters deep, and from 100 to 4,000 square meters of surface, and from 1.5 to 14 meters deep. The remaining sinkholes present temporary flooding.

They are nestled in a karstic landscape, formed by the erosion of gypsum, one of the few in Europe. For this reason, it is an area of ​​international scientific importance thanks to the peculiarities of the underground water circulation, its great biodiversity and the discovery of new species, as well as the uvulae and sinkholes. On the outskirts of Cuenca, on the N-420, take the road that joins the towns of Arcas del Villar and Villar de Olalla. At the height of the hamlet of Ballesteros there is a parking area. Free and open access.

The city of Arcas del Villar on its history:

The Castilla La Mancha tourist office on the Lagunar de Arcas or lagoons :

There you go folks, another dandy in lovely countryside of my beloved Spain, you need a car to see these beauties and well worth the time. Enjoy the post on the lagoons of Arcas del Villar as I.

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

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