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Visiting the Alto Tajo Natural Park (Route by car)

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To the north of Guadalajara we have the Alto Tajo Natural Park, a beautiful spot dotted with the most important river on the peninsula. Lagos of crystalline water, waterfalls and waterfalls, postcard places in autumn or hermitages and ravines in privileged places. This is what you can find in this picturesque place far from mass tourism and only 2 hours from Madrid.

Visiting the Alto Tajo

Car route

The Alto Tajo is an ideal place for visit on a weekend or on a bridge. It is perfect to travel by car and is a perfect place for hiking enthusiasts or for those who enjoy nature with family, with your partner or with friends. It is a little frequented area, cold in winter but visited all year. The Alto Tajo is a place for those looking for a quiet tourism where nature dominates.


Mirador del Tajo or Mirador Zaorejas
Ravine of the Sickle

The Alto Tajo roads stand out for their loneliness. It is easy to cross with wild boars or deer. Asphalt on more than one occasion is raised and you have to be careful, especially for the panoramic road that goes from Conduente to Zaorejas, but it is enjoyed and lived in a special way. Besides, there are the many dirt tracks that must be taken to reach points such as the Taravilla Lagoon or the famous Poveda Jump. Many viewpoints or routes are only accessible from dirt tracks, so calmly if you take a tour (they are perfectly practicable) and live the adventure.


Ground tracks in the Alto Tajo
Ravine of the Sickle

It is convenient to visit the Dehesa de Corduente Interpretation Center to take information on the area

What places can you visit in the Alto Tajo?

The High Tagus It is not known if you do not walk some of its routes, such as number 8, but the rest of the points we recommend can be done perfectly by car making stops and getting carried away by the impressive views of its viewpoints and that landscape so characteristic of this area of ​​Spain.

  1. Chequilla and its enchanted city
  2. Sanctuary of the Virgin of the sickle
    • Sickle Lookout
  3. Route Nº8 (2 hours)
    • Taravilla Lagoon
    • Jump of the Poveda
  4. The road from Conduente to Zaorejas
  5. Zaorejas viewpoint
  6. San Pedro Bridge
  7. Molina de Aragón (The Castle and the Jewish Quarter)
  8. Zafra Castle

What places are worth visiting?

1 Chequilla and its enchanted city

Chequilla is in the eastern part of Alto Tajo. It is a quiet town along the banks of the Cabrillas river, a riverbank that is dyed yellow with the arrival of autumn. What stands out in this small town are the red sandstone formations they have called as the Enchanted City of the High Tagus.


Nozzle
Nozzle

2 The Sanctuary of the Virgen de la Hoz

One of the most beautiful places in Alto Tajo is the Ravine of the Sickle and the sanctuary that inhabits it. Stresses the riverbed of the Gallo River, spectacular in autumn, the small hotel and the viewpoint of the Sickle, a viewpoint that is worth visiting even if you have to climb the dozens of stairs dug in the mountain to access it.


Sanctuary of the Virgin of the Sickle
Ravine of the Sickle

There is also a small restaurant and somewhere to do picnic by the river.

On the way up to the viewpoint you can see posters that explain the sandstone formations and the reason for their shapes

3 The hiking trail No. 8 (Salto de la Poveda and Laguna de Taravilla)

It is a simple route and that worth it. They are just 5km in less than 2 hours of travel along the Tagus River. The trail crosses the Taravilla Lagoon which is the starting point (there is a parking lot), some suspension bridge and the beautiful Jump of the Poveda. It is act for all kinds of audiences even children.


Taravilla Lagoon
Poveda jump

To access the route you have to travel a dirt road from the CM-2010 next to the Mirador del Tajo or from the CM-206 near Peralejos de las Trouts. All terrain is not necessary, but it is convenient to drive slowly through the bumps. Keep in mind that most of the path is narrow between trees and there is some section that you will walk along the dirt track where you can get off a car.

4 Road from Conduente to Zaorejas

This road, the CM-2015, is a gift for the senses. Is a paved road, narrow and with a very irregular firm. It crosses an immense landscape, that seems infinite, of forests of oaks and pine groves and often accompanied by the spectacular shore of the Alto Tajo. We traveled around Madrid to take the Alto Tajo Viewpoint, a success since it is a luxury farewell.


High pit
High pit

5 Tajo or Zaorejas viewpoint

It is possibly the best viewpoint in the entire Alto Tajo. It is between the San Pedro Bridge and the town of Zaorejas. To access the viewpoint you have to walk a track of about 2km of land to reach one of the highest points in the area. The views are assured.


Mirador del Tajo or Mirador Zaorejas

6 St. Peter's Bridge

Famous in summer for being an amazing place for bathing because of its crystalline waters, the rest of the year becomes a postcard landscape especially in autumn, with yellow trees and the high riverbed.


San Pedro Bridge
San Pedro Bridge

7 Molina de Aragón

Considered the capital of Siberia in Spain due to the low temperatures in winter, it is the largest city in the region. In Molina de Aragón dominates the imposing 10th century castle about the old Jewish quarter and the newly built houses. It is worth walking along the Gallo River from the Romanesque bridge to the Jewish quarter.


Molina de Aragón
Molina de Aragón

8 Zafra Castle

Located in a very isolated place which can only be accessed by a dirt road that goes several kilometers into the Castle of Zafra has recently been put on the map for being one of the last filming locations of the popular series Game of Thrones.


Zafra Castle
Zafra Castle

Practical data

How to get?

Since Madrid Take the A2 towards Barcelona until you take exit 135 towards the Natural Park. From the capital it takes about two hours. Since Saragossa Take the A23 and turn off at Monreal del Campo. It takes about an hour and a half.

Where to sleep?

  • Apartments Sexma del Sabinar. Modern, spacious and with a Jacuzzi with views. The best in quality / price
  • Hospedería Virgen de la Hoz. Rustic, with a good price and in a privileged place
  • Houses of the Jump. Next to the Tagus River, they are very isolated houses that can only be accessed by driving on a dirt road for 5km

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