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A natural swimming pool and the Way of the Cantalares

One of the most charming villages in the province of Albacete is undoubtedly Letur. Its old quarter still conserves the splendour of other times, where you can appreciate its marked character of Muslim origin. Its narrow streets, its doorways, its main square and its church of Santa María de la Asunción have earned it recognition as a historic-artistic site. But to all this cultural heritage we must add the important natural heritage that surrounds the town, where water is one of the protagonists. Located in the heart of the Mountain Range of Segura, beautiful spots such as the Puddle of Las Canales, the Puddle of Pataco and the Letur Waterfall are almost obligatory visits for those who come to this part of Albacete.

How to get to Letur

There are several options for getting to Letur, one of which is the CM-3217 from the nearby village of Socovos, not far from the border with the Region of Murcia. Another option is from the west, from Yeste, this road is also reached by different roads coming from the south of both the Region of Murcia and Andalusia. Once in Letur we will have to head towards the old part of the town, without going into it. We will find parking areas on the banks of the river that accompanies us as we enter Letur.​

Itinerary of the route through the Puddle of Puddle of Las Canales, the Puddle of Pataco and the Letur Waterfall

From Letur to Puddle of Las Canales 0.1 Km

The route that we propose here combines several of the many routes that can be done in this area. In our case we take the Main Square of Letur as our starting point (0h 00min) and follow the signs to the Way of the Cantalares, although with some variations. For the moment we leave this route to go in search of the Natural Pool of Las Canales. To do so, we leave the Main Square and head towards the nearby Arch of the Mulberry Trees, where we will see the signs that will take us to the Puddle of Las Canales (0h 05min), a natural pool surrounded by gardens, a spectacle of nature in the middle of the town centre.

From Puddle of Las Canales to Puddle of Pataco 0.6 Km

Once we have enjoyed this corner of Letur, we return to our route in search of our next stop. Although we have the option of shortening the route through the narrow streets, it is best to return to the Main Square and from there continue along the street of Santiago and leave the old town through the Arch of the Sun, the markings of the Way of the Cantalares and the indications of the Puddle of Pataco leave no room for doubt. Once out of Letur we start to skirt the hill where the town sits, following a pretty path. The signs lead us down to the Puddle of Pataco (0h 15min), a spring of water surrounded by vegetation.

From Puddle of Pataco to Letur 1.2 Km

After the obligatory visit to this magnificent natural site, we ascend to take the Way of the Cantalares. This route takes us around the town, allowing us to contemplate different panoramic views of Letur and the natural environment that surrounds it, thanks to the different viewpoints we pass through. The route takes us to the opposite side of the village from where we started, and once there we must begin the ascent that will take us back to the interior of Letur (0h 45min), but not before reaching the Viewpoint of the Molatica. Although if our next objective is the Letur waterfall, we would not have to climb up to the village, as halfway up there is a link that takes us to the path that leads to it, otherwise we would miss part of the charms that the old town of Letur has to offer.

From Letur to the Waterfall along the Letur Waterfall route 4 Km

The route through the streets of Letur takes us to the entrance to the historic quarter, where the town's tourist office is located. We leave the office behind us to head towards the start of the Letur Waterfall Route. The information signs, not far from the tourist office, indicate the direction to follow, making us turn to follow the winding route along Las Eras street. The route allows us to contemplate the caves in the steep hills where Letur sits.

The way leads us without major problems, showing us the remains of old buildings.

After passing the old mill you come to the fork that leads to the waterfall of Letur (1h 45min), leaving the path that brought you here. After enjoying this idyllic natural scenery, we retrace our steps back to Letur (3h 00min), a somewhat more demanding task, as we have to climb up the lost height to reach the waterfall.​

Tips for visiting the Puddle of Las Canales the Puddle of Pataco and the Letur Waterfall

1-In summer these natural pools are ideal for a swim, although the water is usually quite cold.

2-Be careful with children if they swim, as there are some quite deep areas.

3-Around these natural pools there are areas where you can rest and enjoy the freshness of the water and the vegetation.

4-The entire route is not very difficult, although there are some demanding ramps, and it is important to bring water and some food, as well as hiking clothes and shoes.

Waypoints of the route
1-Letur 0:00h 740m 0km 30S 578539 4246848
2-Puddle of Las Canales 0:05h 720m 0,1Km 30S 578543 4246750
3-Puddle of Pataco 0:15h 630m 0,7Km 30S 578805 4246864
4-Waterfall of Letur 1:45h 550m 5,9Km 30S 577838 4249781

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Profile of the route to Puddle of the Channels, Puddle of Pataco and the Letur Waterfall

Profile of the route to Puddle of the Channels, Puddle of Pataco and the Letur Waterfall

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 9.9Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 3:00h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Medium

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 840m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 420m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 420m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 745m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 550m


Topographical map of the route to Puddle of the Channels, Puddle of Pataco and the Letur Waterfall

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The network of paths in Letur has a length of approximately 184 km, many of them linked together, which allows us to design the routes to suit our tastes. In addition to hiking routes, there are also mountain bike routes.

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The typical dishes of the gastronomy of Letur, the pot with black pudding, volera salad, legs of lamb or pork with chickpeas, wheat stew with snails, migas ruleras and caldo valiente, ajo de harina or potato broth, andrajos, are some of them.


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