Do you love nature, swimming in rivers and natural swimming pools? Hiking, picnics, swimming, and spending time in nature is one of my favorite activities, and so I try to escape cities as much as I can. I am always surprised when I discover new amazing natural places in the Valencian Community the number of which, seems to be endless. If you are looking for a quiet and unspoiled place close to Valencia city in the middle of the mountains, then keep reading because you are about to discover a fantastic location that only a few lucky people know of.
Only an hour away from the city of Valencia, there is a place called Azud de Tuéjar, where you can enjoy breathtaking landscapes and swim in water that is always 18 degrees. There is no public transport that takes you there, as you can imagine since not many people know about this place. In our case, we drove and took the CV-35 road that comes from Valencia, passing by Chelva. The natural pool is very close to the outskirts of the town Tuéjar, and once you are there, you will see clear indications that will take you to the recreational area of the Azud de Tuéjar.
This is considered the location where the river Tuejar (that flow into the main river Turia) is born. For many years, in the place where you can see the recreational area, there was a small reservoir that provided water for the people nearby. At the moment, this turned into a small lake or natural swimming pool (called Pozo de las Escaleras); that is where people are allowed to swim and bathe. Take some water shoes to properly enjoy the pool since there are some stones and rocks, and be ready for the cold water too!
There are plenty of trees that will give you shade, and a picnic area where Spanish families or groups of friends hang out and enjoy Sunday lunches. You can also find a campsite next to the area if you fancy staying there for a couple of days and exploring the mountains nearby.
However, the best is yet to come. When we were driving back to Valencia, one of my friends noticed a waterfall that didn’t seem very far. That was definitely the highlight of the day and the best way to finish it. The waterfall is called Salto de Domeño. It’s an artificial waterfall that comes from some channels that are above it and whose function is to regulate the nearby reservoir of Loriguilla. The Salto de Domeño is more than worth visiting because it is one of the largest in the Valencian Community - it’s 40 meters high. One could think that it is a waterfall in Iceland!
It’s easy to get very close to the waterfall, and you can drive or cycle if you don’t feel like walking. If you want to get to the Salto de Domeño waterfall, you need to cross a small river, and you need to know that swimming is not allowed as it’s dangerous. But you will feel the water on your skin and get wet for sure.
Get ready for an adventure and to discover hidden natural spots in the Valencian Community!
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