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Cortes de Pallás Reservoir

Intense blue reservoir in an impressive stretch of the Júcar river canyon, with 400 m high vertical walls, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).

The village of Cortes de Pallás is located in a spectacular area, between steep mountains such as Pico Martés, Muela de Albéitar and La Muela de Cortés. When you arrive it seems as if you have landed in another world, hence its motto ‘a world apart‘. Around here, the Júcar river (the river with the largest flow in the Valencian Community) has sculpted the impressive Júcar Canyon. This is where Cortés de Pallás reservoir is located. This lake is 250 m away from the village. Yet the most used access to the reservoir is further away, crossing the bridge to the jetty. The bridge is 281 m long, rises 111 m above the water level and is reached by a spectacular tunnel.

Cortes de Pallás reservoir was inaugurated in 1988. The two hydroelectric power stations are still in operation today (at the foot of the reservoir and La Muela). This reservoir is also used for recreational purposes. From the jetty, you can practice water sports such as swimming, kayaking, paddle surfing or go for a boat ride. In summer it’s a fairly busy swimming area.

Cortes de Pallás itself is a pretty village with historical and cultural heritage. There are plenty of things to do and see in the surrounding area: hiking, climbing, visiting Chirel Castle (on top of a mountain), watching mountain goats and mouflon on steep rocks (see below the section Things to do).

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Jucar river has created a spectacular canyon with almost vertical walls. This is the view from the bridge.

beach Cortes de Pallás Reservoir

In the jetty area of ​​the reservoir, you can swim in its crystal clear waters.

Cortes de Pallás Reservoir river cruise from jetty

The pine trees provide a nice area to go for a stroll or to have a picnic in the shade.

Cortes de Pallás Reservoir climbing

These mountain walls rise 400 m above the  Júcar river water level. Some pine trees decided to grow on these walls!

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The vertical walls of the canyon and other surrounding areas are ideal for climbing.

diving from jetty

From the jetty, people dive headfirst into the emerald green water.

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The jetty offers open views of the bridge, the village and the canyon walls.

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On the beach, the depth gradually increases so you can enter the water step by step. The village can be seen in the background on the upper right (a world apart!).

how to get to Cortes de Pallás Reservoir

To get to the reservoir from the village you’ll have to cross the bridge over the reservoir. Then turn left and take this road that goes down to the jetty.

view from viewpoint

View of the reservoir and village from ‘Tierra Colorá’ viewpoint.

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Getting There

Transport Options

There is no public transport to Cortes de Pallás reservoir. You can get there by car or on foot from the village.

To get to the village Cortes de Pallás, you can take a bus from Buñol or Requena.
From Valencia, there are trains to Yátova and from there you can take a taxi.

Getting There

How to get to the village of Cortes de Pallás?

From Valencia city by car take the A-3 and then the CV-425 followed by the CV-428. It takes approximately 1 hr 17 min.

How to get to Cortes de Pallás reservoir?

The reservoir can only be reached via the jetty area. From the village take the road that goes down along the edge of the reservoir (leaving it on your left). Then go through the tunnel and cross the bridge. After crossing the bridge, take the first turn on the left. It takes you along a small road that descends along the edge of the reservoir to the jetty.

Parking

There is space to park next to the jetty. 

Location

Spain, Valencia

Villages Nearby

Otonel (12 km), El Oro (14 km), Castilblanques (21 km), la Cabezuela (21 km), Venta Gaeta (23 km), Los Herreros (26 km), Viñuelas (23 km)

Difficulty Level

Easy

Walking Time

1 minute

Drinking Water Spots

None

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USEFUL INFORMATION - Cortes de Pallás Reservoir

Handy Things to Know

When to Go

This place to swim is impressive at any time of the year. Between April and October, the temperature is usually between 14 and 23 °C. In July and August, the temperature can reach 31 °C.
It’s always open and there are no opening hours.

Entrance Fee

None

Activities

Lake swimming, paddle surfing, kayaking (about €10 per hour). Some rental companies allow pets to go kayaking or paddle surfing with the owners.

Mountain sports (climbing, canyoning, rappelling, etc)

Hiking

Picnic

Boating is allowed. Yet to try to stop the expansion of the zebra mussel (a non-native species), any boat that enters the reservoir is controlled. Fines can be up to €3000.

Facilities

Buoys mark the area of ​​the reservoir where swimming is allowed. There is a jetty from which you can dive headfirst into the reservoir.

Kids

There are no services nor facilities for spending the day with children at the reservoir itself. Yet, it's perfectly possible to go with children.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed (but must be on a leash in the swimming area and during high season).

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

No

Restrictions

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

Remember not to use soaps and detergents in the reservoir.
In addition, most sun creams pollute the water, so apply them well before swimming.

Managed by

Ayuntamiento de Cortes de Pallás – 96 251 7001/ [email protected]Contact them for latest news & Covid

Things to Do – Cortes de Pallás Reservoir

Things to Do

Things to do near Cortes de Pallás reservoir?

You won’t be short of things to do here!

The small village of Cortes de Pallás has a medieval Islamic layout. Its narrow, winding streets, with steep stairs and slopes, offer beautiful views. The Church of ‘Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles’ stands out. Mosaics scattered around the village explain the history of this town.

The stream ‘Arroyo de Cortes’, runs through ‘Barranco de la Barbulla’ ravine. It crosses the village before flowing into the reservoir. 1 km from Cortes de Pallás is ‘Fuente Corbinet‘, a waterfall with a turquoise blue natural pool. There are several picnic tables, some of which are tucked into a half cave. To the left of the waterfall, there is a sidetrack that takes you to a trail parallel to ‘Arroyo de Cortes’. This leads you through crystal clear natural pools to the amazing waterfalls of San Andreu and Manantial de San Vicente.

You can enjoy a river cruise on the Júcar, along the stretch between Cofrentes and Cortes de Pallás. Many say it’s the most beautiful river cruise in Spain. A boat with a capacity for 50 passengers travels 14 km on the reservoir in 1 hour. It stops at the Júcar Cofrentes jetty and Cortes de Pallás jetty. If interested, contact ‘Su Aventura‘.

Chorrador de Otonel‘ is a long waterfall with a deep swimming hole at its feet. It’s located next to the Cávera bridge. It can be reached by taking the old road bordering the impressive Jucar Canyon.

Pozas del Ral‘ swimming holes are located in ‘Barranco del Real’ ravine, 13 km away from the village. These beautiful emerald-green natural pools amidst nature.

One of the best views of this natural environment is from Chirel Castle (partly in ruins), located next to the reservoir, at an altitude of 654 m. To get to Chirel Castle by car you have to go from Cofrentes.

Cueva Hermosa‘ is the deepest underground cave in Cortes de Pallás. It’s near Chirel Castle. You enter through a narrow mouth leading to a galley with stalactites, stalagmites and columns. It’s advisable to use caving equipment.

The National Hunting Reserve (36,000 hectares) extends over Bicorp, Millares, Jalance, Jarafuel, Teresa de Cofrentes and Cofrentes. Of these, 13,160 hectares correspond to Cortes de Pallás. It was created to protect mountain goats, mouflon, wild boar, wild rabbits, red-legged partridges and golden eagles. It’s common to see wildlife in this area.

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Where to Eat

Where to eat in Cortes de Pallás?

When we went to the village Cortes de Pallás, there was only one restaurant open (Bar Emiliano at the village square). You can eat well, at a good price and it has a good atmosphere.

You can picnic in the jetty area of the reservoir of Cortes de Pallás or at the viewpoint ‘Tierra Colorá’. There are several wooden tables here with magnificent views of the reservoir.

In the neighbouring village Venta Gaeta, is the ‘Venta Gaeta Restaurant’. It’s very popular with locals, motorcyclists, hikers and cyclists.

The gastronomy of the place includes gazpachos, ‘ajo arriero’ and ‘tortas’. Typical products are honey, sausages and meats.

Accommodation

Where to sleep near Cortes de Pallás Reservoir?

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

Geography

Altitude

Reservoir 116 m. (380 ft), Cortes de Pallás village 450 m. (1476 ft)

Size

It's 14 km long with a total storage capacity of 118 hm³ and a surface area of 680 ha.

Under Foot

Soil (which looks like sand) and some rocks

Maximum Water Depth

It can be 116 m deep in some places of the reservoir.

Minimum Swimming Level

In the jetty area marked with buoys (where you can swim) the depth gradually increases as you enter the water. You don't need to know how to swim if you stay close to the shore.

Shade

The sun shines on the reservoir most of the day, but there are areas with many trees around it providing shade.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

The surroundings and the shores of the lake are clean.

Water

Underwater

Poor visibility (1 m). If you put on diving goggles, you hardly see anything.

Water Temperature

A bit cold in summer, very cold in winter

Water Colour

Intense blue

How Clean is Water?

Very clean
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