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Bicorp and the Caroig’s massif: Shower in a waterfall

November 7, 2008


Let’s start by a little question: can we shower in a waterfall in a lonely paradise-like place… and near Valencia? OH Yes, we can!

In this post I’m going to write about one of such places: Bicorp and the Caroig’s massif. These places are sited in the Canal de Navarrés. To go there you must take the Albacete’s highway (N-430) and leave it at  Estubeny’s exit. Head for Anna and, once there, you are in the Canal! Bicorp will be the sixth village (after Anna, Chella, Bolbaite, Navarrés and Quesa). In Anna you can take a look at the lagoon and in Quesa you can visit the lakes; they are both very beautiful. Be careful, though: Anna’s lagoon can be very impressive in winter, because swans are starving and, if you bring some bread with you, you’re going to be extremely welcomed.

Once in Bicorp you may ask for information about the different routes. You can also download information from the web at  http://www.bicorp.es/

and at http://www.caroig.com/. In the forest, the most usually visited places (the Caroig mountain, the Fraile River’s sources, the Benefetal’s camping) are also well-indicated along the road. Here, I’m going to describe to you some alternative places and routes with the aid of Google Earth. Let’s go, then.

First of all, I’m going to propose an alternative plan to the Spider’s cave (Cueva de la Araña) visit. This is a prehistoric cave, with some pictures showing, among other things, a beekeeper picking up the honey from a swarm. The cave is at the end of2 a road, and it is easy to find because it’s the main attraction of the village. The road that leads to the cave and the river go parallel until practically the end of the road. At the point where the road departs from the river (39º 06’ 32.24” N, 0º 51’ 10.65” W on Google Earth), you can leave the road and walk upstream along the sleep riverbank. It’s an easy stroll and there are plenty of pools where you can take a bath.

Secondly, I’m going to show you some alternative routes that start from the Benefetal’s camping. The camping has a bar where you can ask for information (I don’t know if it’s open all the year). From there you must go downstream until the Fraile River’s sources. This place is also well-indicated in all the maps. From the sources it departs a road that goes downstream parallel to the river, but higher, until, maybe 1,5 km later, where it crosses the river again (Google Earth: 39º 05’ 14.81” N, 0º 50’ 11.43” W). At this point, if you leave the road on the left side and takes the river, you will find, 300 m downstream, a place that deserves a stop: the strait of the Marina (estrecho de la Marina). You will find there some beautiful pools

and, in the middle of the river, a great rock that time and erosion have isolated.

Let’s continue our journey and take again the main road. In the same direction, the road goes up, and a few hundreds of meters later, there is a little path on the left (Google Earth: 39º 05’ 19.54” N, 0º 49’ 42.19” W) that leads to the sleep riverbank. On the right, there is a great pool with a beautiful cascade that can even be seen on Google Earth (Google Earth: 39º 05’ 22.59” N, 0º 49’ 33.57” W); on the left, 300 or 500 m upstream, there is another pool with a cascade and a little cave with stalactites, the ideal place to have lunch and take a nap in summer (Google Earth: 39º 05’ 21.36” N, 0º 49’ 54.62” W) [see picture 2].

If you come back to main road again, always in the same direction, you raise a little slope. Exactly when the descent begins, on the left side of the road, you’ll find a small track. It’s signalized with yellow and white marks, and, even though it’s very small, we can see it on Google Earth (Google Earth: 39º 05’ 17.83” N, 0º 49’ 29.25” W). It leads to the most beautiful trip I ever made. At approximately 500 m from the main road, the path crosses a little stream, where you’ll find a pool full of fish (Google Earth: 39º 05’ 19.26” N, 0º 49’ 15.32” W). Then, it climbs and descents a little mountain (on Google Earth, you can see the path, for example, in 39º 05’ 26.85” N, 0º 49’ 12.09” W), it crosses the river again and climbs a second mountain until it reaches Peter’s cave (on Google Earth, it would be, more or less, around 39º 05’ 45.80” N, 0º 49’ 03.32” W). The scenery from the mountains is absolutely breathtaking and the trip is not excessively difficult. You can go on from there downstream until Ferrer’s house or you can go back, as we do now.

Well, you are on the main road again and you are going to go to a special little pool. You must follow the main road. On the first important crossroad, turn on the right (Google Earth: 39º 04’ 37.84” N, 0º 48’ 50.36” W), and then follow this road, without taking any of the paths on your right, until you arrive at a water tank (Google Earth: 39º 04’ 37.84” N, 0º 48’ 50.36” W). From the tank, there is a path that leads directly to a nearby small stream, with a pool and a cascade. Even though the pool is not the most beautiful in the mountain, it’s a special place because, at the base of the cascade, there are some layers of clayey mud. Spread it over your body and let it dry before you take a bath; you will notice your skin getting immediately smooth.

So, that’s all. And remember that, if you believe it’s too complicated to find these routes, you can always opt for the walks proposed by the official sites.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. eoimarisa permalink
    November 10, 2008 5:15 pm

    Thank you for these tips. I will definetely go there. Lovely pics!

  2. carusoeoi permalink
    November 10, 2008 6:32 pm

    Yes, it seems a really great place to visit.

  3. janea08 permalink
    November 12, 2008 10:01 pm

    I have never been in that part of CV. It seems it really worth to be visited. Thank you for showing us that paradise. By the way how far is it from Valencia?

  4. jejim permalink
    November 13, 2008 6:20 pm

    Approximately 50/55 km from València until Estubeny’s exit, and from there to Bicorp maybe 30 km more.

  5. Emma permalink
    August 24, 2009 12:49 pm

    I HAVE BEEN IN THE SAME PART OF CV LAST WEEK, IT WAS INCREDIBLE.
    I VISIT FANTASTIC PLACES IN THE ZONA. I STAYED IN A HOTEL IN ENGUERA, PORTAL DEL CAROOG, IT HAS BEEN FANTASTIC: QUITE, SWIMMING POOL AND THE FOOD IS PERFECT: AN ARGENTINIAN ROAST, WITH A BIG BARBACUE…

    I RECOMMEND YOU. I M SURE I WILL COME BACK SOON

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