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Arañuel

Charming little village with 3 natural pools in the Mijares river. Located in the interior of Castellón province (Spain).

Arañuel (only 151 inhabitants) is located in the Alto Mijares region, near the famous thermal village of Montanejos. Arañuel is located on a small esplanade at the foot of a hill. It has a main square with the parish church. It’s a tiny village, and you can visit it in a 10-minute walk. Outside the village, the Hermitage of San Roque offers a beautiful view of the landscape.

Water is the great protagonist of Arañuel’s landscape. When passing through this town, the Mijares river meanders. This creates several natural pools where you can swim and enjoy the scenery. Two of the natural pools are deep enough for swimming. The other allows you to get your legs wet up to your knees.

The most beautiful bathing area is the natural pool ‘El Pozo’. It’s in a quiet wooded area. On the banks of this pool, there is a 100-year-old mill in ruins. This swimming hole is very popular in summer. Locals and visitors from outside come to enjoy the place. It’s located about 300 m from the town square and is reached from the village by a paved road. Following this road, parallel to the riverbed, you’ll reach Seguer fountain. It has a picnic area with stone tables and chairs.

The second pool is ‘Arañuel’s Natural Swimming Pool´ (bathing area ‘El Puente’). It has a river beach near a concrete bridge. It’s not the prettiest, but it’s very practical. The third bathing area, ‘Los Chorros‘ is the closest to the village. It has views of the village, the green mountains around and a small shallow ‘beach’. It’s next to a cement bridge crossing the river and is the continuation of the street ‘Calle Molino’.

Arañuel-town square

The Church of San Miguel is in the town square (Plaza Mayor) of Arañuel. Around the corner is the only restaurant in the village.

river mijares and village

Going down Calle Molino you’ll reach the Mijares river and ‘Los Chorros’ Bathing Area.

zona de Baños Los Chorros

‘Los Chorros’ Bathing Area has a river beach on each side of the river.

river mijares

It’s shallow, but the views are splendid.

river mijares - Los Chorros

From the concrete bridge across the river, you’ll have these views.

path to natural pool

If you continue along Calle Molino for about 300 m, you’ll arrive at the second bathing area, ‘El Pozo’. It can also be reached on foot, walking along the other side of the river along a path between trees.

piscina natural ‘El Pozo‘

The bathing area ‘El Pozo’ is very beautiful. It has a large river beach with grass and gravel surrounded by lush vegetation. Behind it, you can see Arañuel.

fluvial beach natural pool El Pozo

This natural pool is very popular in summer. It has signs advising caution due to the nearby currents and the depth at some points. Be cautious and you should be fine.

old mill

On the left, you can see the ruins of the old Arañuel mill.

fluvial beach

On the right, you have a dream place to relax under the trees. Don’t be surprised if you see a gnome appearing behind the large stone!

Natural Swimming Pool

On the other side of the village, next to the CV-20 road (can you see it in the photo?), is the Arañuel Natural Pool. It has 2 concrete bridges and is not the prettiest.

Piscina Natural de Arañuel

But it also has 2 fluvial beaches on the edge of the river.

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HOW TO GET TO - Arañuel

Getting There

Transport Options

The easiest way to get to Arañuel is by car and from there on foot.

Getting There

How to get to Arañuel

The route by car from Castellón to Arañuel is 55 Km. Take the CV-20, go through Onda and continue on the CV-20, passing through Espadilla, Toga and Cirat.
From Valencia, it’s 95 Km. Go to Sagunto and take the A-23 to Xérica. Take the detour to the right (CV-195) towards Caudiel and Montanejos. In Montanejos turn right onto the CV-20 that takes you to Arañuel.

 

How to get to ‘Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool’

Coming from Montanejos on the CV-20, before entering Arañuel there is a sharp turn to the left.
It’s not possible to turn at once, and you will have to stop on the CV-20 to turn. You can also continue and turn around in the village, so the detour will not involve any sharp turns. This road descends 100 m and takes you to ‘Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool’.

How to get to ‘El Pozo’ bathing area

Coming from Montanejos on the CV-20, when entering the village, there is a detour to the left. This street (Calle Constitución) goes down to the river. Turn right onto Calle del Molino. After about 300 m you have reached ‘El Pozo’ bathing area.
If you are coming from Cirat, you’ll see, at the entrance to the village, a signpost indicating ‘natural pools’. This is Calle del Molino road.

Parking

You can easily park in the village. You can also park on the side of the road, at the entrance to the ‘El Pozo’ bathing area. Be aware that there is only room for 2 cars.

You can also reach the ‘Arañuel’s Natural Swimming Pool‘ park by a dirt road parallel to the Mijares River.

Location

Spain, Castellón

Coordinates

Villages Nearby

Montanejos (6 km), Cirat (3.2 km), Puebla de Arenoso (16.9 km)

Difficulty Level

It's easy to get there as it's very well signposted.

Walking Time

It takes about 5 minutes walking from the village to 'Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool' of and to the bathing area 'El Pozo'. It only takes 1 minute to the other pool.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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USEFUL INFORMATION - Arañuel

Handy Things to Know

When to Go

The village can be visited at any time of the year. From April to October, it’s ideal for taking a dip. The natural pools are always open.

Entrance Fee

None

Activities

Swimming in the river
Walking along the riverbank
Hiking

Facilities

None. For food, toilets and other services, you have to go to the village which is two steps away.

Kids

It's a perfect place to visit with the little ones. You have several areas to go swimming. In some areas, the river is shallow. There is parking nearby (see 'Parking' section above). The paths that lead to 'Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool' and 'El Pozo' bathing area are paved and flat, ideal for baby strollers.

Dogs

Yes

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

A paved road without stairs (1 km) takes you to 'Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool' and very close to the bathing area 'El Pozo'.

Restrictions

Signs say the area is dangerous for swimming because of nearby currents and depth at some points. Be cautious and you should be fine.

There are also signs prohibiting washing animals, littering, making fires and camping. Respect the environment and use garbage bins.

Remember that soap and detergents should not be used in rivers and pools.
Also, most sun creams contaminate the water, try to apply them well before taking a dip.

(Scientists have found that sunscreen releases significant amounts of titanium dioxide, which damages aquatic life.
Soaps have phosphates, are also non-biodegradable and harm the environment). 

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Things to do – Arañuel

Things to Do

Things to do in and near Arañuel

In Arañuel itself, you can visit the Church of San Miguel in the village square. It’s a simple temple built in the seventeenth century.

There are great hiking routes around Arañuel.

The neighbouring town of Montanejos is very popular. It’s recommended to visit:
– Fuente de los Baños (natural thermal pool)
– Montanejos Spa (which uses the mineral-medicinal water from Fuente de los Baños)
– Remains of Montanejos Castle
– Ruins of the Old Mill (19th-century flour mill on the banks of the river)
– Bridge of San José (from 1803 crossing the river Montán)
– Arab Tower (inside the village, integrated into the facade of the old Palace of the Counts of Vallterra)
– Parish Church
– Hermitage of the Virgen de los Desamparados from the XVII century.

About 1.5 km north of Fuente de los Baños is the huge waterjet ‘El Chorro de Arenós‘. It’s the outflow point (or spillway) of the Arenós Reservoir, through which 41,000 litres of water flow out per second. To access El Chorro you can leave your car by the roadside. There is only capacity for about 3 cars. It’s about a 5-minute walk down to El Chorro.

The ‘Estrecho de Chillapájaros‘ is a section of the Mijares River in which it flows through a 25 m wide gorge. The vertical walls are higher than 100m. It owes its name to the sound made by swallows and swifts echoing off the rock walls. It’s a place with famous climbing areas. It attracts nature and whitewater sports lovers. It’s 1 km upriver from Fuente de los Baños.
The ‘Estrecho de Chillapájaros route starts at the Cirat Dam after the tunnel at these coordinates 40.076633, -0.539235. There is only space to park 3 cars.

If you continue east on the CV-20, 8.9 km from Montanejos, you will see the village of Cirat. It’s located in a privileged, green place. It has a free regulated camping area (‘Acampada Libre regulada’) on the edge of the river Mijares. It has several nice natural pools, ideal for taking a dip in nature. On the south side of the village is the ‘Barranco de las Salinas‘ ravine. It has various fascinating pools, such as ‘Poza La Bañera’ and ‘La Caldereta’.
If you continue walking along this ravine for about 4 km, you could reach ‘Salto de la Novia‘ (an impressive waterfall and natural pool). It can also be reached by following a road for about 4 km. This road leaves Cirat and is the continuation of ‘Calle Rosaire’. This road is not in very good condition. We had to stop several times to remove stones from the road to be able to pass.

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Where to Eat

Rincón de la Araña‘ is the only restaurant in Arañuel and has a nice street terrace. You’ll see it as you drive through the village.

In the neighbouring village of Cirat, there are just a few restaurants. Montanejos however has many restaurants.

The typical dishes are ‘olla’, ‘fridura’, ‘potaje’ and ‘gachas’. Typical products are sausages, chanterelles and olive oil.

Accommodation

In Arañuel there are no hotels but there are quite a few rural houses and private houses for rent. There are many hotels in neighbouring Montanejos.

Geography

Altitude

399 m. (1309 ft)

Size

The river Mijares when passing through Arañuel has a width of about 9 m.

Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool’ and the ‘El Pozo’ Bathing Area are quite large and have a length of about 17 m and 25m respectively.

Under Foot

Soil, pebbles and grass

Maximum Water Depth

Both in 'Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool' and in 'El Pozo' bathing area there are spots where you can't stand and you can only swim.

Minimum Swimming Level

You need to know how to swim if you don't stay by the shore in 'Arañuel´s Natural Swimming Pool' and the 'El Pozo' Bathing Area.

Shade

There are several trees under which you can take shelter from the sun.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

Very clean

Water

Underwater

There is poor visibility (15 cm) and not much to see.

Water Temperature

Cold

Water Colour

Blue-green

How Clean is Water?

Clean
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