In the Ayllon Mountain Range, in the heart of the province of Guadalajara, some of the most beautiful places on the Route of the Villages of Black Architecture await us. Villages such as El Espinar, Roblelacasa and Matallana are linked by a very interesting trail which, as well as allowing us to get to know these villages and their typical buildings, offers us a great surprise, one of the most spectacular waterfalls of all those we can visit. But if we want to avoid a large part of the route and the steep slopes that it crosses, while still visiting this spectacular spot, we can follow the Route of the Aljibe Waterfalls from the village of Roblelacasa.
Both Roblelacasa and El Espinar belong to the hamlet of Campillo de Ranas, which is where the main roads that connect the area arrive. One of these roads comes from Riaza, and Campillo de Ranas can also be reached from various points on the A-1. Of course, we can also get there from Guadalajara itself, passing through Tamajón.
To get to the Waterfalls of the Aljibe we have several options since, as we know, there is a circular route that links El Espinar with Roblelacasa, passing by the waterfalls. So, depending on our starting point, all we have to do is go to the corresponding village where we will find large esplanades set up as car parks on the outskirts of the village.
The parking place on the outskirts of Roblelacasa (0h 00min) is the starting point of our route to visit the Pools of Matallana, as they are also known. We walk through the pretty streets of the village to pass the main fountain, following the waymarks that lead us to the waterfalls. We say goodbye to the village to continue the route surrounded by the typical slate fences that characterise the area. After crossing a cattle fence, we come out onto the wide dirt track that will guide us on this part of the route.
Shortly after crossing another barrier you come to a fork that you have to follow, leaving behind the track you came on. The path takes you to the stream of Soto, where a few meters downstream the spectacular Waterfalls of Aljibe await you (0h 50min). The Pools of Matallana are formed by two waterfalls, one of three metres high and the other of 7 metres a little further down, just before the stream flows into the river Jarama. After enjoying this beautiful natural spot, we retrace our steps back to the turn-off we took to reach the waterfalls. Once there and before we return to Roblelacasa (2h 15min), we can go to the nearby village of Matallana. This option adds barely 2 km to the route but allows us to get to know another of the beautiful villages of the black architecture of Guadalajara, as well as crossing the curious Bridge of Los Trillos.
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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 459-4 1:25.000".
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Although the proposed route is linear, you have available a circular route of just over 9 km, signposted with white and yellow markings called PRGU-09, which in addition to visiting the waterfall also passes through El Espinar, with Roblelacasa as the starting and finishing point of the route.
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A visit to the village of El Espinar, one of the villages of the black architecture of Guadalajara, characterised by the uniqueness of its houses built of slate and stone.
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Route information updated on 23-11-2020. The route may vary greatly depending on the time of year, weather conditions and terrain, as well as the actions of third parties and the evolution suffered in the natural environment where it is located. All opinions, advice and/or assessments made by SENDITUR in their descriptions are for guidance only and are subject to and/or refer to the specific conditions of the specific day of the route, referring to that specific day, taken from trained people, with the appropriate experience and with a high level of physical and technical preparation as a reference, as well as correctly equipped.
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