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The Parrissal or Parrizal of Beceite, a wonder of nature

Walkways suspended over the river, tunnels carved into the rock, lush forests and vertical walls that close in on either side of us with every step we take are the calling cards of the spectacular route of the Parrizal of Beceite. In the province of Teruel, specifically in the Matarraña region, the town of Beceite awaits us, famous among other things for this beautiful hiking route.

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How to get to Beceite

Beceite is located in the northeast of the province of Teruel, and to get there we have to go to the town of Valderrobres, which is where the road to Beceite starts. Once there, just follow the signs that lead us along a track, mostly asphalted, to car park number 3, where the route of the Parrizal footbridges begins.

How to get to the route of Parrizal of Beceite

Due to the large number of people who want to do this route and the fact that we are in the middle of the Matarraña River Nature Reserve, a series of rules and access limitations have been established. The capacity is limited and there is also a schedule of access to the route that varies depending on the time of year, usually from October to March is from 9h to 17h and from March to October there are two shifts of entry, from 9h to 14h and from 15h to 20h. It is also necessary to book the visit, we must buy online the parking ticket which costs €10.

There is also the possibility of access on foot or by bike, in which case access is free of charge but also subject to reservation.

A reservation can be made at the tourist office in Beceite, where we will have to collect the ticket for the access control. If you plan to access the route on foot, the distance is approximately 21 km. Also, if you go by motorhome, there are some limitations and rules that you must take into account before making the reservation.

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Itinerary of the Parrizal of Beceite route

From the car park to Estrets the Parrissal 3.4 km

Our starting point for the Parrizal of Beceite route is the car park nº3 (0h 00min), which is the closest to the beginning of the route. In addition to the village, we can also leave our vehicle in the car park next to the access control post to the natural site, about 3 km from the official start of the route. We start the route by crossing the chain that prevents vehicles from passing and follow the course of the path that brought us here. Almost before we know it, we reach the highly recommended detour that takes us to visit the Fenellassa cave paintings, which date back to 3500 BC. The surrounding landscape is already beginning to show us some of its character and beauty. We continue the route with our sights set on the wooden walkways that await us after crossing the Pla de la Mina, a beautiful esplanade with a lot of history behind it.

From now on, different stretches of wooden footbridges await us as we go up the Matarraña River.

We will also have to change banks on several occasions and wander from stone to stone in some sections. All without major complications but not without possible slips, so it is important to pay attention. The vertical walls that surround us, known as Gubies, invite us to look up to enjoy the spectacular scenery even more. After a while we reach the next point of the route, which is none other than the Parrizal Narrows or Estrets of the Parrissal (1h30min). If the river allows it, you can walk along the 200 m of the narrow gorge, barely 1.5 m wide, marked by vertical walls some 60 m high. This is an unbeatable end to this beautiful route through the Parrizal of Beceite. From here we only have to return along the same route to our starting point.

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Tips for doing the route of the Parrizal of Beceite

1-Given the humidity of some parts of the route it is important to wear good footwear, even so, slips are quite common.

2-The route is initially not very complicated, although it does pass through somewhat abrupt areas and some of the footbridges are quite narrow.

3-Pets are not allowed on the route or in the car park. It is also forbidden to sleep in the car parks or in the natural area of Parrizal.

4-Bathing in the river is prohibited, as, apart from being a protected natural area, the river water is also used to collect water for human consumption.

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Waypoints of the route
1-Parking 0h 00min 660m 0km 31T 264049 4520040
2-Parrizal Narrows 1h 30min 780m 4Km 31T 265145 4517781

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Slope acumulate. 240 m Slope positive. 120 m Slope negative. 120 m

Maximum altitude. 660 m Minimum altitude. 780 m

Profile of the Parrizal of Beceite Route

Profile of the Parrizal of Beceite Route

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Topographical map of the Parrizal of Beceite Route

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 521-1 1:25.000".

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Route information updated on 21-09-2020. 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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