THE CREUS TREK | Tavernes de la Valldigna. Unique sensations.
Tavernes de la Valldigna. Unique sensations.

THE CREUS TREK

This route runs through The Creus mountain, it starts at the city’s’ sport centre and continues through town until we get to the defence wall. At the end of this stretch we can find the Calvari at our left.

 

From this point, we head right, in the east direction, keeping next to the defence wall, until we get to the bridge which crosses the named wall. Once we cross de bridge we start to ascend a footpath in between a pine area (PRCV-38). The ascent is long but the slope is smoothed to devise the zig- zag path.

 

At the end of the pine area, in the left we find a sign indicating Iberian Village. The trail runs along a rock wall over which it stands an ancient Iberian village and where there still stand some Arabic Gebalcobra castle’s  ruins.

 

As we continue through a gentler slope we arrive to the Fontetes de Cantus. It’s a natural fountain which flows from the base of a rock, form where in the summer months you can barely see a small trickle of water. Around the fountain, there is an area called Abrigos de Mossen Ricard. It’s a protected area, with 4 protected cavities in which we can find 12,000 BC cave paintings.

 

From the fountain, the passage is a bit more difficult due to the rock fall. Further on it will start to ascend through an area so-called La Escala. Even though the ascension stretch is short, it’s tough because of the steep slope, but once we get to the top the landscape is breath-taking and you just forget about the hard rise.

 

Form this point, you can see looking north the rice paddies, the Cullera mountain, the region of Ribera Baja, the Albufera and just at the back the city of Valencia. It’s worth to take a break and enjoy the panoramic view.

 

The route continues now to the west and is keeps stretching until you get to a cross of footpaths, we will take the left one which will take us to the cross or the lookout of Alto de las Cruces (540 meters).

 

We find ourselves in the highest point of this rout. It’s a veritable balcony from where to contemplate La Valldigna, the sea at the east and the Toro mountain on the west. The landscape incites one to rest and just enjoy the views.

 

The path continues now with a gentle descent and the the slope gets sleeper, until we get to the cross of footpaths. We will take the left one, which will take us to the descent up to a house in ruins passing first through an old lime furnace.

 

At this point we find again a cross of footpaths, we will take the left one again, 20 meters forwards we will take the path to the right, which will take us to the Sangonera’s fountain. The Sangonera’s  fountain, it’s an adequate place to supply water, even though such fountain is completely dry during the summer months. In this area we can find various picnic tables. A few meters from the fountain, we have to take the path on the left.

 

50 meters away we take again the left path which will take us the Esmoladors area. We will then start to descend through the historic path of the Esmoladors, which goes boarding the cliff down towards the foot of the mountain. This footpath is constructed with dried stone walls, with an a zigzagging route which was anciently used for the animal access such as mules or donkeys, which were used to cultivate the area or as pasck animals.

 

This is not the only route that can take us back to town, but truth is that the other routes entail more difficulty.

 

When the Esmoladors path is over, we will again continue direction east, up to a path that will take us to de defense wall. From there the route continues a side with the such defence wall up to Street Jardines, where if we continue through the same streets that took us to the mountain will take us back to the starting point or the Sports Centre.

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