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Gorgo de la Escalera

Tree-fringed river gorge with a large blue natural pool (Gorgo de la Escalera) & 25-meter waterfall, in the interior of Valencia.

Gorgo de la Escalera is the ‘continental beach’ of Anna. It’s a beautiful natural setting, near the village of Anna, about 70 km from Valencia capital. The water of the Sellent River has sculpted this impressive canyon. On this spot it has created pools (‘gorgos’ in Valencian) and several waterfalls. From the car park, there is a steep staircase of 136 steps to access the natural pool, Gorgo de La Escalera. The staircase gives this place its name. Next to this pool is the fascinating waterfall ‘Cascada del Salto del Gorgo de la Escalera‘.

The ‘Route of the 3 Waterfalls‘ is another way to access it, but it’s not so well signposted. (see the How to Get There section below). This linear route begins in the village of Anna. It passes two waterfalls (Gorgo Gaspar and Gorgo de los Vikingos) before arriving at the Gorgo de la Escalera waterfall. From here, you can return the same way you came, or climb a steep path to Gorgo de la Escalera pool, above the waterfall. The route is not long, but it has difficult and slippery spots. We recommend doing it without small children.

This place is unique. Its crystalline, cold waters are ideal for taking a dip or canyoning down its waterfalls. In high season they charge €2 for the stay and parking. This is also valid for Lake Anna, which is 2 km away, and can be visited the same day.

Start of route of 3 cascades & Gorgo-Gaspar

The ‘Route of the 3 Waterfalls’ starts in the village of Anna. The concrete road turns to dirt as it enters the ravine. To the right of the bridge is Gorgo Gaspar.

Gorgo Gaspar cascade and pool

Gorgo Gaspar is the first waterfall and pool on the route. From here, the path becomes more difficult and is also not signposted.

Gorgo de los Vikingos

The impressive Gorgo de los Vikingos is the second waterfall and pool.

Gorgo de los Vikingos cascade

To follow the route, first, cross to the other side of the pool via the wooden planks. Then climb a steep, half-hidden path to the left of the waterfall.

trail and wooden bridge

The route continues along the ravine, with the river on the left. At one point you’ll need to cross the wooden bridge over the river.

Gorgo-de-la-Escalera from a distance

You’ll have these views of Gorgo de la Escalera waterfall when crossing the bridge.

Gorgo de la Escalera - cascade

The waterfall has a beautiful turquoise blue pool at its feet, and the huge natural pool (‘the continental beach’) a few metres above it.

Gorgo de la Escalera - swimming hole

It’s framed by a natural amphitheatre with lush vegetation.

Gorgo-de-la-Escalera

Gorgo de la Escalera is a popular spot for water canyoning, hiking and wild swimming.

Gorgo de la Escalera from the side

Its double waterfall, the blue water and the natural luscious frame give it a magical air.

ravine of Gorgo de la Escalera

The gorge is very steep. At the top, there are persimmon plantations.

Gorgo Catalan

Gorgo Catalán, on the other side of Anna, is ideal for picnics. It has a natural pool with a ladder, trees with ropes to jump into the water and a waterfall.

Picnicking is not allowed on the ‘Route of the 3 Waterfalls’ as it’s a hiking area. Yet, there are many fantastic places in the area where you can picnic (see the Where to Eat section below).

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Getting There

Transport Options

You can go to Anna by car, bus, and train. The train stops in Xàtiva and from there you would have to take a taxi. From Valencia, bus lines L1B and L3 have routes that pass near Anna.

From Anna, you can only access the Gorgo de la Escalera on foot.

Getting There

How to get to Anna

You can reach Anna taking road CV-580.

 

How to get to the Gorgo de la Escalera

There are 3 ways:
1. Water canyoning (going down the river on foot, swimming and rappelling down the waterfalls).

2. Descending 136 steps
From Pintor Molina Ciges street in Anna, take this detour to the right, which ends in the open field, that serves as a car park. Yet, if you come along CV-580 from the south, after Anna’s gas station take this detour to the right, which is signposted with a sign that says ‘Gorgo de la Escalera’. Follow this garden road and in 1 minute you’ll arrive at the open field that serves as a parking area. You’ll see a kind of factory. On its side, there is a path leading to a descending staircase that will get you to Gorgo de la Escalera natural pool. There is an area where you can see the waterfall from above.

From the pool, there is a steep, narrow path to descend to the big waterfall, but it’s complicated. Most people stay at the natural pool.

3. Route of the Three Waterfalls
This is a linear route of about 6 km starting at ‘Avenida Diputación n.º 65’. Here you’ll see the first signpost and a panel showing the route.

A few minutes from the start, you’ll see Gorgo Gaspar waterfall. It’s the smallest waterfall of the route. It’s very easy to reach and is well signposted. There are some tables and stone benches in the shade of some trees. Continuing down, the road becomes a path that reaches the ruins of the factory Miguelín. From here onwards, the signs disappear. You’ll see the first big drop. Descend the rudimentary wooden stairs and with the help of a rope.

Following the trail, you should reach the impressive waterfall of ‘Gorgo de los Vikingos‘ (the pool of the Vikings). This waterfall is in the middle of the route. You have to cross the pool by a wooden plank on stones over the water. Look carefully here, because the trail continues to the left (if you are in front of the waterfall) and it’s hard to see. There is a slightly difficult climb. After a minute, you’ll reach the river bed. Without crossing it, take the path to the right. In a few meters, you’ll have to make a small jump and climb to a parallel path on the right. It takes you over a small cliff (with little danger). Go down this path, go straight and take the second path to the left.

Cross the river over a small bridge made of planks. If you look to the right, about 20 m away, you will see the last waterfall, Gorgo de la Escalera waterfall. The most spectacular one of the route. The water from Gorgo de la Escalera natural pool plunges down this waterfall.

Parking

There are 4 options:

The nearest car park to ‘Gorgo de la Escalera‘ is close to the soccer field of Anna and 50 m from the large swimming hole. It’s accessed by crossing some crop fields.

You can also park on the road side next to these crop fields. On the side of a ‘factory’, you’ll see a path leading to some stairs.

You can also park in the village, on ‘Calle Pintor Molina Ciges‘ or along ‘Avenida Diputación n.º 65’. This is the beginning of the Route of the 3 waterfalls. If you park here, you’ll have to pass by the 2 waterfalls before reaching the Gorgo de la Escalera waterfall.

Finally, about 2 km away, you can park at ‘Albufera de Anna‘. During the summer months, there is a fee to visit this area which includes the entrance to Gorgo de la Escalera.

Location

Spain, Valencia

Coordinates

Villages Nearby

Anna (200 m), Chella (3 km), Bolbaite (6,8 km), Xativa (16 km)

Difficulty Level

If you start the route in town on Calle Pintor Molina Ciges, some parts are difficult. If you park in the open field near the Gorgo de la Escalera, it is easy, as you only have to walk down the 137 steps.

Walking Time

If you park on the edge of town on Calle Pintor Molina Ciges, it's about 30 minutes on foot. If you park in the open space near Gorgo de la Escalera, it takes about 5 minutes.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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Handy Things to Know

When to Go

It’s very crowded in summer, especially at weekends. If you can go during the week, you’ll enjoy the place more and also help protect it. It’s open all year round, but in summer there is capacity control.

Entrance Fee

In high season there is a fee (€2 per person) which is both for the stay and parking. It is also valid for the lake of Anna, which can be visited the same day. It’s paid in cash in access areas.

Activities

Swimming in the waterfall and swimming holes
Hiking
Canyoning
Picnic

Facilities

None. There are no toilets. Chemical toilets could be installed here.

Kids

El Gorgo de la Escalera is a good place to take the little ones for a good dip, as long as they are supervised. However, the 3 waterfalls route is not suitable for baby strollers, or children under 8 years old. There are areas with steep climbs, where you have to pass through streams.

Dogs

Yes

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 it 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 – Gorgo de la Escalera

Things to Do

What to do near the Gorgo de la Escalera

The village of Anna has the impressive Palace of the Counts of Cervelló. It houses the Ethnology and Water Museums. The Arab courtyard and hall are full of ceramic mosaics (Muslims lived here from the 12th century).

On the outskirts of the town (about 300 m) is the Gorgo Catalán. This natural pool with a small waterfall has a side made of cement and a ladder to enter, perfect for a swim.

About 2 km from Anna is Lake Anna, also known as Albufera de Anna. It’s a large lake with ducks, but not suitable for swimming. Yet, on one side of the lake, they have made a pool with a waterfall where you can swim.

3.3 km southwest of Anna, is ‘Fuente de Marzo‘. It has a small river beach and a stretch where the river passes between rock walls, making it look magical.

 

Check the following places in the interior of VALENCIA for amazing natural pools and waterfalls

The impressive Salto de Chella is a 25 m waterfall at the outskirts of Chella village. The viewpoint in the village offers spectacular views of the waterfall, swimming hole and countryside.

In the village of Bolbaite, there are 3 beautiful natural pools. Charcos de Quesa has a series of natural pools sculpted in rock. 

Los Chorradores de Navarrés, near the village of Navarrés, is a route with several waterfalls. It’s signposted and can be done perfectly with small children.

Pou Clar has amazing blue crystalline swimming holes. Bugarra and Gestalgar have ideal fluvial beaches.”

Where to Eat

El Gorgo de la Escalera and on the route of the 3 waterfalls there are no bars. The nearest place to buy something is the gas station before reaching Gorgo de la Escalera. Yet you’d have to go back up the 136 steps and walk 200 m.

There are restaurants in Anna, Lake Anna and also in the other surrounding villages.

 

There are plenty of places for picnics in this area.

A few minutes from the start of the 3 waterfalls of Anna route, there are tables and stone benches in the shade. They are next to the Gorgo Gaspar waterfall.

Remember! It’s forbidden to bring chairs, hammocks, tables or coolers to Gorgo de la Escalera and the route of the 3 waterfalls. This is a hiking area.

Lake Anna has plenty of picnic tables and chairs around it. Also, right next to it, at the exit of the campsite, there are barbecues that can be used free of charge all year round.

Gorgo Catalán (swimming hole) and Font Negra (fountain) are on the outskirts of Anna. Both have picnic tables in a relaxed area.

Finally, 3.3 km southwest of Anna, is the March Fountain (‘Fuente de Marzo‘). This little river beach has wooden tables and benches.

Accommodation

Fortunately, there are no large hotel complexes in this area of villages. It’s best to stay with locals or in a rural house.

There is a campsite in the Albufera de Anna, about 2 km from Gorgo de la Escalera and about 50 m from Lake Anna. This Municipal Campsite has 90 pitches. It’s normally open in the high season (April to October). In 2021, it has been closed all year round due to the Covid-19. 

Geography

Altitude

196 m. (643 ft)

Size

The cascade is 25 m tall. The swimming hole is huge (more than 90 m long).

Under Foot

Soil and Rocks

Maximum Water Depth

You can stand in most places.

Minimum Swimming Level

In a few places it's deeper than 2 m so it's advisable to know how to swim.

Shade

La Cascada del Salto, being tucked into the canyon, has shade from 3 pm onwards in summer. The natural pool of Gorgo de la Escalera has sun for longer.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

Very clean

Water

Underwater

Visibility is medium (3 m). The waters are crystal clear.

Water Temperature

Cold, even in summer

Water Colour

Blue

How Clean is Water?

In general, the water is very clean. Yet there have been a few times when Anna's city council has declared it unsuitable for bathing, due to the presence of sewage.
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