Miller

Miller


This remote village is surrounded by walnut trees, pines and luxuriant orchards and is a veritable spring in its own right: it is home to the sources of at least four bodies of water, meaning that you will be accompanied by the almost-constant burble of fountains, springs and irrigation channels as you pass through the village. The streets of Miller contain fine examples of bread ovens, olive mills and public washing areas, important examples of an ethnological heritage that has enabled many generations to survive in this harsh yet beautiful landscape.

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Campos Hernán Perea

Campos Hernán Perea


Campos de Hernán Pelea (or Perea, as it is often spelled on many maps) is the largest high plateau in Spain, boasting an average altitude of 1600-1700 metres and covering an area of more than 5000 hectares. This vast plateau is one of the most magnificent and original landscapes in the Nature Park, clearly differentiated from all others.

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Anchuricas Reservoir

Anchuricas Reservoir


This small reservoir, sandwiched between dense pine forests and high mountains, is a delightful surprise for visitors because the water level is normally high and it actually looks like a narrow lake. Water flows in from the River Segura, once it leaves La Toba, and continues for 4 to 5 kilometres up to the dam. Depending on the amount of sunlight present, the water in the reservoir can take on a range of different aspects from an intense blue to an emerald green, which only adds to the mysteries already lurking beneath its surface.

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La Vieja Reservoir

La Vieja Reservoir


The lush slopes and rock faces are reflected in the blue-green waters of this tiny reservoir, which resembles a natural, high-mountain lake more than it does a man-made feature. La Vieja is formed by the waters of the River Zumeta, and is a serene, tranquil spot that is the perfect place to savour a moment of peace and quiet.

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Juntas de Miller

Juntas de Miller


This revealing name describes the union of two major rivers which both flow through the Segura mountains, namely the Zumeta and the Segura. It is here, in this beautiful, peaceful spot, that the conjoined rivers leave Jaén behind and flow into the province of Albacete. From a vantage point up on the bridge it is easy to picture the old pineros, or pinecutters, preparing the trunks to be floated along the two rivers on an amazing journey out to the Mediterranean, using nothing more than a two-headed, chestnut-handled hook.

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Source of the River Segura

Source of the River Segura


The source is a spectacular pool located on the slopes of a steep rocky hill. The crystal-clear, turquoise waters flow from an underground river, rushing from a channel that connects with the exterior. It is located in an open area with plenty of light, populated for the most part by walnut and poplar trees. The river then flows in a gentle, lazy fashion to the hamlets around Fuente Segura, beginning its long journey in an unhurried fashion as though it did not wish to leave the place of its birth.

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Pino Galapán

Pino Galapán


This is a magnificent example of a Corsican pine (Pinus nigra salzmanii), a species known to locals as the pino salgareño. The example here is a living treasure, and at over 400 years old and 39 metres tall it is recognised as one of the giants of Spain’s forests. It is also the most iconic tree in the Segura mountains, and although it may not look particularly spectacular when you view it from the forest track once you walk down along the path and reach the base of the tree you become aware of just how special it is:

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Santiago - Pontones

Santiago - Pontones


Until 1691, Santiago was a hamlet of Segura de la Sierra known as El Hornillo (the Little Oven) because the founders gathered around an oven where they baked bread. The town has a special atmosphere and a friendly deposition towards visitors owing to its isolation in a remote area of Jaén province. The climate there is more similar to the plains of Castile than to Andalusia and it often snows in winter. Orchards and vegetable gardens surround the town, as well as sizeable walnut trees that can be spotted from several viewpoints. The town is considered the ‘capital’ of the Nature Reserve’s livestock area, where sheep farming has played a decisive role in shaping the countryside and local customs.

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Segura Valley

Segura Valley


In the village of Huelga Utrera, the River Segura incorporates its first tributary, the River Madera. From this point onwards the Segura, now a gushing river, advances through its valley passing under a series of bridges - including a Roman bridge - and through villages which grew up around its banks and only survived as a result of their proximity to this watercourse. The road runs parallel to the river, flanked on either side by tall limestone rock faces, affording magnificent views of the mountains. As it passes through the village of La Toba, the river’s waters form the charming Anchuricas reservoir.

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