The Cañamares Trail, passing through Chilluévar and La Iruela

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The Cañamares Trail, passing through Chilluévar and La Iruela

The trail runs parallel to the upper part of the Cañamares river. Right at the start of the hike you’ll pass through Los Tiscares, a group of farmhouses built in the traditional style. The sound of water accompanies you all along the itinerary, owing to the fact that the Cañamares river holds water all year round and flows through a deep valley between steep slopes.

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Datos Generales
Longitud del trazado 3,81 Km
Duración (ida) 1 h 30 min
Grado de dificultad Media
ROUTE DESCRIPTION

The trail runs parallel to the upper part of the Cañamares river. Right at the start of the hike you’ll pass through Los Tiscares, a group of farmhouses built in the traditional style. The sound of water accompanies you all along the itinerary, owing to the fact that the Cañamares river holds water all year round and flows through a deep valley between steep slopes.
The trail affords good views of the cliffs the river has cut into the limestone rock. It passes through traditional vegetable gardens, olive groves and, above all, the forests of the Nature Park. A large part of the way coincides with the remnants of the irrigation channels that carried water to the gardens and powered the flour mills you’ll see on both sides of the river, including the ones called El Gris, Enmedio and Molino de Arriba.
Certain sections of the trail are dangerously steep and narrow with quite a drop below, so be cautious.  Don’t wander off the trail and make sure you use the available safety elements: bridges, footbridges, handrails and steps. The difference in height from start to finish is 150 m, and although the trail is very steep in certain short sections, steps are provided. The vegetation is very dense and affords shade all year round.
You’ll come across a gallery forest of poplars, ash, honeyberry and willows, along with native plant formations of strawberry trees, broad-leaved Phillyrea, Laurustinus, Oleaceae, pine trees and rosemary. The ancient Mediterranean laurel forests are a plant formation worth mentioning, comprised of densely set strawberry trees, broad-leaved Phillyrea and myrtle (Myrtus communis). The latter is the only remaining myrtle left in the Park.  The animal wildlife you can spot are otters, kingfishers, European terrapins, common trout and even a few native crabs in one of the few places where they can still be found.
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