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The Pools of Matallana, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Spain

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.

How to get to the Aljibe Waterfalls

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.​

Once in Campillo de Ranas

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.

Itinerary of the Route of the Aljibe Waterfalls

From Roblelacasa to the Waterfalls of the Aljibe 3,5 Km

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.

This stretch soon begins to lose altitude rapidly, forcing us to advance with caution to avoid slipping.

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.

Tips for doing the Route of the Aljibe Waterfalls

1-Initially, the route is not very complicated, although there are some areas with quite a steep slope.

2-The waterfalls are best appreciated if we cross the stream and observe them from the opposite side, where there is a viewpoint.

3-Tbe careful in the area of the waterfalls there are points with a lot of vertical drops, so don't mislead yourself.

4-The best months to visit the waterfalls are spring and autumn, and of course the flow of water will determine their beauty and spectacularity.

5-Don't underestimate the route, equip yourself properly, bring enough food and water.

Waypoints of the route
1-Roblelacasa 0:00h 1100m 0km 30T 472616 4547094
2-Aljibe Waterfalls 0:50h 930m 3.5Km 30T 472697 4544360

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Route of the Aljibe Waterfalls

Profile of the Route of the Aljibe Waterfalls

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 7Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 2:15h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Medium

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 450m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 225m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 225m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 1100m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 930m


Topographical map of the Route of the Aljibe Waterfalls

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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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¿Did you know that...

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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