The castle stands above a hunky volcanic rock. You'll find breaktaking views any which way you look. The Cofrentes castle moves us right from first sight. It has a vigilant air about it, standing on the rock as if it's been protecting the area for ages. You can see the castle on a guided tour, which takes away the magic, in my opinion. You can admire it from various points around the town, all of which are sure to give you panoramic views you won’t soon forget.
Awesome trail to do on foot or on bike! What a fun morning. The trail begins at the lower part of the town of Cofrentes. Right in front of the Guardia Civil (Spanish Civil Guard) station in an old building there’s a traffic sign that indicates the beginning of the path.
It heads up river on the right bank for 6 kilometers. The path is simple for the first 4 (I’m always referring to biking), the next two are a little more difficult. After a great descent to cross over to the left bank of the river, you’ll follow the path signaled by yellow and white arrows to get to the next town.
With the green/turquoise river on one side, hidden beaches in the hillside, fresh shadows under the towering trees, birds crossing at top speed… It’s a beautiful route, I recommend it to all. It will take you a tad more than an hour on bike, and maybe for if you’re walking. Both are totally worth it!
The boat trips between Confrentes and Cortes de Pallas lets you travel 30 kilometers of the Jucar river, passing through a beautifully picturesque area of the protected natural park. The sights of the Muela de Cortes Natural Reserve is best taken in while leaning against the ship's railing.
It’s best to see it at sunrise or sunset, when the shadows hover over the water and the rays of light seem to cut the water into sheets. You can see down to the bottom of the river, one of the cleanest in the area. It’s interesting to see the Muela pumping station, one of the largest energy producers. There’s a bar service and the guides provide explanations of the sights.
At only two kilometers to the north of Cofrentes, just cross the bridge and you’ll find a paved path that signals the embarcadero (wharf) trail. This can be done on bike or by foot. It’s hardly 5 km long, there’s barely any traffic and it runs right next to the river.
It’s better if you do it during the afternoon, as you’ll be heading into the bright morning sun during the AM, and you’ll miss many great panoramic views. During the afternoon, the sun lights your path from behind, allowing you to enjoy everything you see. If you pay close attention and have a bit of luck, maybe you’ll find a mountain goat climbing up these “unscalable” walls.