Puente de las Herrerías Recreational Area

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Puente de las Herrerías Recreational Area

The Puente de las Herrerías and the surrounding area is one of the most well-known places in the Upper Guadalquivir. It is a wonderful place to start some of the most interesting routes in the Sierra de Cazorla mountains and the recreational area affords a good place to stop for a refreshing break close to the strong currents of the upper reaches of the Guadalquivir river. The bridge, built on a foundation of porous limestone ashlars – known locally as toba – is perfectly integrated into the landscape.

According to a local legend, when Isabella I (“Isabella the Catholic”) was travelling from Cordoba to the conquest of Granada in the 15th century, the Guadalquivir river was so swollen that she was unable to cross it. In just one night, her knights built a strong bridge across the river that allowed the Queen to continue on her way to the towns of Baza and Guadix.

The place is delightful in its own right: the bridge is surrounded by fig trees and wild roses, and you can find box, ash and hazel on the paths.

The Maillar stream – crossed by another pretty stone bridge – spills into the right bank of the Guadalquivir, turning the recreational area into a veritable botanical garden and a popular place for bathing when the rains have been plentiful.


We recommend:

  • Take a walk along part of the way (or all the way) of the 11 km track to source of the Guadalquivir river. It goes through the Navahondona-Guadahornillos Reserve Area, the most protected area of the Nature Reserve.



In Cazorla, take the mountain road (A-319) to the Empalme del Valle junction at km 17. Turn right down the JF-7092 road and just after the bridge over the Guadalquivir river (4 km from the aforementioned junction), take the track on your right (JF-7091) which arrives at the Bridge after two kilometres.

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