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Culture and nature on the water route of Chelva

Not far from Valencia, a simple and beautiful hiking route awaits us, ideal for the whole family. The water route of Chelva perfectly combines the history and cultural heritage of this town with the spectacular nature that surrounds it. Water, of course, is the common thread that will accompany us on our excursion. While we visit the neighbourhoods of Chelva, we approach spectacular hidden corners on the banks of the river Tuéjar or Chelva, as it is also known, and we discover part of the history of this area of the Valencian Community.

How to get to Chelva

The town of Chelva is located in the middle of the CV-35 road that connects it directly with Valencia and Tuéjar. The town is also served by other roads that connect it with neighbouring towns.

Where to park to do the water route of Chelva

Once in Chelva we have several possibilities to park our vehicle, of course in the town itself we will have parking spaces available. This is initially the main option as the official start of the route is in the Main Square of Chelva. We can also start the route in the car park of the recreational area of Molino Puerto, in which case we will have to pay the €5 parking fee.

Itinerary of the water route of Chelva

From Chelva to Olinches Dam 2.7 Km

The Main Square of Chelva (0h 00min) is the starting point for this water route. In front of the church of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, in a corner of the square we see the information sign of the route and the first waymarks of the route. This first part of the route takes us through the streets of Chelva to visit the old Moorish quarter. Narrow alleys and old fountains enliven the route. Almost without noticing we leave Chelva and head towards the recreational area Molino Puerto, another starting point of the water route.

From here the river Tuéjar is the protagonist of the route.

The path takes us along the banks of the river, crossing several bridges to the spot known as La Playeta, one of the magnificent natural pools in Valencia. After enjoying this beautiful spot, we continue on to another of the highlights of the water route, the Olinches Pass, an old water channel excavated in the rock that allows us to cross this area. The tunnel leads back to the path that will take you to the nearby Olinches Dam (0h 55min).

From the Olinches Dam to the Light Factory 3 Km

Once we have visited the old dam we retrace our steps back to the Molino Puerto recreational area. Here the less experienced walkers can go up to Chelva and finish the excursion, the rest of us follow the marks of the path that lead us to the Light Factory or Casa de la Luz (House of Light) as it is also known. The river continues to be the protagonist of the route, a somewhat more demanding itinerary in its gradient, with the occasional ramp that makes us try a little harder. The height gained allows us to access the viewpoint from where we can contemplate some magnificent views of Chelva, including the Caves of Montecito, the Peak Remedio and the Torrecilla among other notable figures. After a while we reach the remains of the old House of Light (2h 00min), where the channelled water that came from the dam we have visited used to generate the electricity with which the inhabitants of Chelva used to light up their homes.

From the Light Factory to Chelva 1,8 Km

The path we were following continues its course towards the village of Calles, and from there continues towards Peña Cortada and its monumental Roman aqueduct. We will retrace our steps, looking for the detour that we will find at the Source of the Cuco, where we passed before arriving at the factory of light. Once there, follow the signs that will take you up the stairs that lead to the Moorish quarter of Arrabal de Chelva, without the need to return to Molino Puerto. The streets of this neighbourhood lead you to the Main Square of Chelva (2h 45min), which is the end of this beautiful walking route.

Tips for doing the water route of Chelva

1-It is a good idea to take a lantern with you through the Olinches tunnel.

2-On the route there are different picnic areas ideal for enjoying the day.

3-The section between La Playeta and the Fuente del Cuco is accessible to pushchairs.

4-The route is easy, although there are some demanding slopes, especially in the final stretch.

Waypoints of the route
1-Chelva 0:00h 470m 0km 30S 671546 4401649
2-Molino Puerto 0:20h 405m 1.3Km 30S 670909 4401480
3-La Playeta 0:30h 410m 1.8Km 30S 670549 4401624
4-Olinches Dam 0:55h 440m 2.7Km 30S 670096 4401371
5-Factory of Light 2:00h 390m 5.7Km 30S 672436 4401077

Coordinates UTM Datúm WGS84

Profile of the Water Route of Chelva

Profile of the Water Route of Chelva

ico-distancia-totalDistance: 7.5Km

ico-tiempo-totalTime: 2:45h

ico-dificultadDifficulty: Low

ico-desnivel-acumuladoSlope: 650m

ico-desnivel-positivoSlope +: 325m

ico-desnivel-negativoSlope -: 325m

ico-altitud-maximaMaximum altitude: 470m

ico-altitud-minimaMinimum altitude: 375m


Topographical map of the Water Route of Chelva

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This schematic with the path is approximate and has been created from the derived cartographic base © Instituto Geográfico Nacional "Cuadrante 666-4 1:25.000".

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¿Did you know that...

Chelva was the first village in the Serranía region to have electricity, thanks to the two power stations that were built in the area to harness water power.

Don't miss out...

The visit to the different old quarters of Chelva, the Arab Quarter, the Jewish Quarter, the Moorish Quarter, the Christian Quarters and the Ensanche, where the main monuments of the town are concentrated.


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