Barranco Otonel

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Barranco Otonel

70-metres high waterfall and natural pool (in the Barranco de Otonel ravine). In its last 1,500 m the river makes an impressive 350-metre descent to the river Júcar. Located in the interior of Valencia (Spain)

Barranco Otonel is most knows for Chorrador de Otonel, a spectacular sequence of natural pools and waterfalls, including one of the largest waterfalls in the Valencian Community. It’s located in an area of steep mountains, in the Júcar canyon, about 7 km from the village of Otonel (16 inhabitants!).

To get to the first natural pool, you have to walk down a path of rocks and maintain equilibrium on your arms in some spots. From here it becomes even more difficult. You’ll have to swim to the end of the pool and climb up the waterfall to reach the 70-metres waterfall (see the How to get there section below). After the first swimming hole, the route is one of the most technical descents in the province of Valencia. It’s only suitable for people with experience in this type of adventure sport (water canyoning) and proper rappel equipment. It has three long swimming sections and complicated descents, including rappels of up to 50 metres. It’s spectacular, especially in the rainy season.

You can stay at the first pool if you don’t like canyoning.  Enjoy nature in this precious natural pool or take a dip. You won’t regret coming here. The place and surroundings are stunning.

how to get to otonel

You’ll need to drive along stunning mountain roads for more than half an hour before reaching Chorrador de Otonel.

road to Otonel

The old road to Cortes skirts the impressive Júcar canyon.

road to Otonel ravine

There is a considerable height on one side of the road. Often stones are found on the road.

Barranco-Otonel ends in Jucar canyon

The Júcar is the most important river in Valencia. Its canyon is very steep. Barranco Otonel, on the left of the photo, flows into the Júcar canyon.

Puente Cavera

Cávera Bridge crosses the Barranco Otonel ravine. It’s not advisable to continue with the car from here.

Puente Cavera

If you keep walking on the road passing the bridge, you’ll have great views. The road does not seem to be maintained, so caution should be exercised.

view from bridge

View from the Cávera Bridge towards the Barranco Otonel, below it.

view under bridge

The walk from Puente Cávera to the first pool is a descent over the rocks. It’s short but not easy. Check the How to Get There section below!

swimming hole under bridge

The first and second pool is one of the few places in Barranco Otonel that can be reached without canyoning equipment.

natural pool

If you swim to the end of this first pool and climb up its small waterfall, you will reach an area with a second, and much larger swimming hole and waterfall.

natural pool & cascades in ravine

Otonel Ravine is extremely steep and rugged.

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Both Barranco Otonel and Chorrador de Otonel have a wild beauty.

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HOW TO GET TO - Barranco Otonel

Getting There

Transport Options

The easiest way to get to the village of Cortes de Pallás is by car. You can also get there by bus. From Cortes de Pallás the only option is to go by car or on foot.

Getting There

How to get to the village of Cortes de Pallás

From Valencia city take the A-3 and then the CV-425 followed by the CV-428. You’ll reach the village of Cortes de Pallás in approximately 1 h 17 min.

 

How to get to Chorrador de Otonel

From Cortes de Pallás it’s 19.7 km along the ‘Vía Pista’ road, passing through the village of Otonel. Follow the same road until you reach the fork in the road at this point.

Keep an eye out because it is easy to miss. If you are coming from Millares or Dos Aguas look for the same fork in the road mentioned above.

From here you will be on a thin, forgotten road, which is the old road to Cortes de Pallás. It goes along the impressive canyon of the Júcar, which is not suitable for people with vertigo. There are large drop heights or stones on the road that you will have to remove. After 2 km, you’ll see the bridge of La Cávera, which crosses the ravine. This is where the walking route starts.

The path down is to the left of the bridge. It’s not so easy to reach the first pool, as at some spots you have to balance on your arms. After 4 minutes, you’ll arrive at the first natural pool. You can either stay there or swim across it, climb over the small waterfall of the first pool to reach the main waterfall of 70 meters.

Parking

There is space for 2 or 3 cars on the side of the road, next to the Cávera bridge. Be careful because the space is very limited. The road from here onwards is very dangerous and we do not recommend continuing.

Location

Spain, Valencia

Villages Nearby

Otonel (7.4 km), Cortes de Pallás (19.7 km), Millares (9.6 km), Dos Aguas (15.2 km)

Difficulty Level

Very difficult

Walking Time

From where you can park your car on the road, you have to walk down a steep hill. It takes about 4 minutes to reach the first pool.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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When to Go

It’s beautiful and open all year round. Between April and October and the temperature is usually between 14 and 23 °C. In July and August, the highest temperatures reach 31 °C.

Entrance Fee

None

Activities

Swimming in the natural pools
Hiking
Picnic (on the ground or rocks)
Water canyoning

Facilities

None

Kids

There are no services or facilities for spending the day with children. The descent to the pools is difficult and very steep, even the first one. The access to the other pools to reach the big waterfall can be very dangerous even for adults.

Dogs

No, unless your dog is spiderman and can climb up walls.

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

No

Restrictions

It’s forbidden to make fires, litter, and park in non-authorized areas.

Avoid carrying coolers (and chairs, hammocks, tables) and playing loud music.

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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Ayuntamiento de Cortes de Pallás – 96 251 7001/ administracion@cortesdepallas.es – Contact them for latest news & Covid

Things to Do – Barranco Otonel

Things to Do

Things to do near Barranco Otonel

The best views of the canyon and the village are from the Castle of Chirel (part in ruins). It’s located next to the reservoir at an altitude of 654 metres. The access to the castle is indicated here and from this point, it is about a 2 km walk.

Cueva Hermosa is the deepest underground gallery in Cortes de Pallás. It is near the Castle of Chirel. You enter through a narrow mouth that leads to a gallery with stalactites, stalagmites and columns. It’s advisable to use caving equipment to visit it.

The village of Cortes de Pallás is a small village with a medieval Islamic layout. Its narrow, winding streets, with steep stairs and slopes offer beautiful views. The Church of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles (Baroque with Rococo) and the mosaics scattered around the village explain the history of this village. Don’t miss the views of the village and the reservoir from the ‘Tierra Colorá’ viewpoint.

The stream in Cortes de Pallás runs through the Barranco de la Barbulla ravine. It flows through the village before plunging into the reservoir. This stream has the clearest water you have ever seen. Just 1 km from Cortes de Pallás is La Fuente Corbinet, a waterfall with a postcard-perfect turquoise blue pool. There are several tables where you can eat, some of which are tucked into a half cave. To the left of the waterfall, there is a path, along which you can follow a route next to the Arroyo de Cortes. This leads you through crystal clear pools to the amazing Cascada San Andreu and Cascadas del Manantial de San Vicente (not always with water). At some points, you may have to get your feet wet to cross.
Access to the Corbinet Spring by car is only authorised for residents, so it is best to walk from the village.

The Cortes de Pallás Reservoir is 250 m. from the village, tapping into the river Júcar, the largest river in the Valencian Community. The most used access to the reservoir is further away, crossing the 281-metre-long bridge to the jetty. From the jetty, you can practice water sports such as swimming, kayaking, paddle surfing or taking a ride on a boat.

The natural pools of Pozas del Ral are relatively close to Barranco Otonel. Their location, amidst nature, makes them unique.

Enjoy a cruise along the Júcar River, between Cofrentes and Cortes de Pallás. Many say that it is the most beautiful river cruise in Spain. A boat with a capacity for 50 passengers travels the 14 km of the Cortes reservoir in one hour. To sail, contact ‘Su Aventura‘ which has stops at Embarcadero Júcar Cofrentes and Embarcadero Cortes de Pallás.

The National Hunting Reserve (36,000 hectares) was created to protect mountain goats, mouflon, wild boar, wild rabbits, red-legged partridges and golden eagles. It is very common to see wildlife in this area.

 

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Where to Eat

You can have a picnic in the jetty area of the Cortes de Pallás Reservoir or at the ‘Tierra Colorá’ viewpoint. You’ll find here several tables with magnificent views of the reservoir.

When we went to Cortes de Pallás there was only one restaurant open in the ‘Plaza de la Iglesia’ town square (Bar Emiliano). You can eat very well, at a good price and it has a good atmosphere.

In the neighbouring village Venta Gaeta, ‘Restaurant Venta Gaeta’ is very popular with locals, bikers, hikers and cyclists. Millares has a bar/restaurant on the road through the village, but it’s often closed.

Accommodation

In the village of Cortes de Pallás, there is only one hostal and one casa rural. There are rural houses in the surrounding villages (El Oro, Castilblanques, Venta Gaeta). It is also an option to sleep in Cofrentes, Buñol or Valencia. 

Geography

Altitude

264 m (866 ft)

Size

The pool has a diameter of about 7 m.

Under Foot

Soil and pebbles

Maximum Water Depth

The pool gets progressively deeper as you get into the water until you can not stand.

Minimum Swimming Level

In the first pool where we were, you don't have to know how to swim. You can walk the first few meters when you get into the water.

Shade

The ravine has quite steep slopes so the sun disappears very soon.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

Impeccable

Water

Underwater

Visibility is good (8 m). There are some small fish, but you can hardly see anything.

Water Temperature

Cold

Water Colour

Electric blue and crystalline turquoise

How Clean is Water?

Very clean
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