Cueva Turche

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Cueva Turche

60-meter waterfall framed in an impressive amphitheatre of limestone rock, with a large natural turquoise pool. Located in the interior of Valencia.

The cave ‘Cueva Turche’ (also called ‘Cueva de Turche’) is located in the river Juanes, between Buñol and Yátova, 42 km from Valencia city. It’s a hill that sank, forming a hole in the ground that communicates with the outside. It’s composed of limestone rocks. In the upper left, the bedrock is more than 70 million years old. The rest of the rocks are of a more recent formation (about 30 million years old).

The waterfall is spectacular, especially after heavy rains. It has a picnic area with tables and benches next to the large pool. It’s an ideal place to go with children and pets (see the ‘Useful Information’ section below). The water is cold and energising. Also, if you swim, you can access the small cave, which gives its name to the place and is located next to the waterfall.

At the top of this place, is the Turche Cave Viewpoint (Mirador de la Cueva Turche). It has views of the waterfall, the pool, the surrounding countryside and Buñol in the distance. If you continue you reach a set of beautiful pools and the Charco Mañán swimming hole. A little further is the fascinating Cueva de las Palomas (see the section ‘Things to do Nearby’ below).

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The detour to Cueva Turche is at this point of Road CV-425. Make sure to park in the new car park to avoid a fine! (see the Parking section below).

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It’s a nice 5-minute walk from the car park to Cueva Turche.

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The natural pool has a beach with shallow water, but it’s more than 5 m deep under the waterfall and cave.

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The cascade and pool are framed in a large rocky amphitheatre.

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The cascade is 60 m tall and gets especially beautiful after heavy rain periods. Do you see the girl?

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A part of Cueva Turche has spectacular rock formations. You’ll have to walk under them to reach the cascade (like the person in the pic).

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You’ll have this view when you stand next to the cascade.

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There is a picnic area next to the natural pool, with stone tables and benches (which you can see in the background).

the cave

The cave can only be reached by swimming. It has luscious vegetation and water dripping from it into the pool.

swimming hole

It can get a bit slippery near the waterfall, but people like to go there to take pics.

wild swimming dog

This wild swimming dog jumped straight into the water and swam laps for 35 minutes non-stop!

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Possibly, Mark Spitz wouldn’t have won 8 Olympic medals if this dog had been his rival!

Mirador Cueva-Turche

The viewpoint of Cueva Turche.

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Getting There

Transport Options

You can drive to the Cueva Turche car park. From Valencia, you can also go by train or bus to Buñol and from there go on foot.

Getting There

How to get to Buñol

By car from Valencia, you must take the A3. Before reaching Buñol, take the CV-425 for about 2 km. This takes you to La Hoya de Buñol street, where you can usually park easily.
From Valencia, you can also take a train (1h 6 min) or bus (55 min) that takes you to Buñol.

How to get to Cueva Turche

By car, the easiest way is to get there by the CV-425, where you will see a sign indicating the detour to Cueva Turche. Take this detour and park in the new car park (see the ‘Parking’ section below).
From there you can only walk, and it’s about 500 m to Cueva Turche. You can also park in the south of the town of Buñol (on Calle La Hoya) and walk (1 km). There are also routes from the village of Yátova to the Turche Cave.

Parking

Due to the saturation of the site and complaints from neighbours, since 2019 there is a new car park near Cueva Turche. It costs €5 for the whole day (from 9 am to 9 pm) and €3 from 5 pm to 9 pm. It has limited capacity and it’s surveyed. It’s closed on Mondays. The car park is a 6-min walk from the Cueva Turche.
Many visitors to Cueva Turche Cave have been fined in the past for not parking correctly. Use the new parking to avoid a fine!

You can also park in the surrounding villages and take a route from there.

Location

Spain, Valencia

Coordinates

Villages Nearby

Alborache (2.4 km), Macastre (3.8 km), Buñol (4.2 km), Yátova (5.3 km), Chiva (11 km), Cheste (16 km)

Difficulty Level

Very Easy

Walking Time

It's about a 5-minute walk from the car park and around 20 minutes from Buñol.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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USEFUL INFORMATION - Cueva Turche

Handy Things to Know

When to Go

This place to swim is impressive at any time of the year. It’s impressive and open all year round. The best time to go swimming is in spring and summer. It’s always open and there are no opening hours.

Entrance Fee

None

Activities

Swimming in the natural pool and waterfall
Hiking
Picnic

Facilities

There is a picnic area with 3 or 4 tables and benches next to the Cueva Turche natural pool. Yet there is only one garbage bin. If you can't fit your garbage in it, please take it with you. There are no toilets. Hopefully, the town hall will provide chemical toilets soon.

Kids

Cueva Turche is a good place to take the little ones for a picnic or a swim. There is no current, but they should always be supervised, like in a swimming pool. You can easily arrive with a baby stroller.

Dogs

Dogs are allowed and can also go for a swim. Remember to carry them on a leash if there are many people or many dogs.

Skinny Dipping

No

Wheelchair Access

It's possible to go in a wheelchair. The path from the parking lot is a dirt road but it's flat.

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 discovered 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 – Cueva Turche

Things to Do

Things to do near Cueva Turche

Don’t miss the Cueva Turche viewpoint! It’s reached by the road that goes to the left of the cave. You’ll see the pool of Cueva Turche, the countryside and Buñol in the distance.

About 250 m from Cueva Turche in the direction of Charco Mañán, there is a small blue crystalline pool with no name. It’s full of friendly fish that won’t take their eyes off you!

Charco Mañán is halfway between Cueva Turche and Cueva de Las Palomas. This pool is quite deep. When we went there the water was a bit stagnant and not inviting for a swim. Yet, it was still beautiful. To get to Charco Mañán from Cueva Turche you’ll pass several nice small pools in the river Juanes.

Following the course of Juanes river for 700m, you’ll arrive at the Cueva de Las Palomas. It’s a small waterfall and pool that plunges in front of a cave. It’s smaller than the waterfall and pool of Cueva Turche, yet fantastic.

The route ‘Ruta del Agua is well known and takes you through Cueva Turche, Cueva de Las Palomas, Charco Mañán and other natural pools.

Buñol Fluvial Park has a pleasant path bordering the river. It passes near a gorgeous natural pool in the middle of the city. It’s called Charco Maravilla but it’s not signposted and difficult to find. Ask locals or check our link, and you should get there.

The Mill Route (‘Ruta de los Molinos’), near Alborache, is also worthwhile. It follows a path bordering the river and some old mills (many in ruins).

 

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Where to Eat

In Buñol there are quite a few restaurants and places to eat. In Alborache and Macastre there are only a few. Yátova has several bars where you can also eat something.

Accommodation

In Yátova and Alborache there are only rural and private houses. There are several hotels, rural houses and private houses in Buñol, Cheste (16 km away) and Chiva (11 km away). Another option is to stay in Valencia city.

There is a camping area about 700 m. from Cueva Turche, near ‘Cueva de las Palomas’. It’s called ‘Zona de Acampada Cueva de las Palomas‘.

Geography

Altitude

346 m. (135 ft)

Size

The waterfall is about 60 m high. The swimming hole is very large and has a diameter of about 45 m.

Under Foot

Soil

Maximum Water Depth

It can be 5 or 6 m deep under the waterfall and in the centre of the natural pool. Also, the depth varies depending on whether it has rained or not.

Minimum Swimming Level

It's only possible to stand inside the pool in the area near the little 'beach' (where the picnic area is). The depth increases little by little. However, near the waterfall, you will not be able to stand, as it's more than 2m deep.

Shade

There are few trees providing shade. Yet the rock wall of the waterfall is huge and starts blocking the sun after 1pm.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

Clean, except in the caves to the right of the picnic area. Unfortunately, people use it as a toilet. There are no public toilets here.

Water

Underwater

There is little visibility (1 m) and not much to see underwater.

Water Temperature

Cold

Water Colour

Turquoise blue

How Clean is Water?

Clean
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