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Pozas del Ral

Series of 6 spectacular crystalline emerald green pools sculpted in rock, in a ravine amidst green mountains, in the interior of Valencia (Spain).

Pozas del Ral (or Charcas del Real) are located in a mountainous area in Barranco del Ral ravine. The natural pools are sculpted in impressive huge rocks, shaped by fluvial erosion over hundreds of years. This place is remote, in the middle of nature, away from any village. The nearest villages are Cortes de Pallás (13.5 km) and Castilblanques (7.6 km). They are close to the Cueva Hermosa and the ruins of the castle of Chirel.

These beautiful emerald green pools are ideal to enjoy nature and take a refreshing dip. But be careful because the slopes of the pools are almost vertical in many places. You’ll have to know how to swim, and before you jump in the water, make sure you check where you’ll be able to get out.

To get there, you have to leave your car in an unmarked spot next to the road, and walk down a slightly steep path (See the How to get there section below, so you don’t get lost). We saw mountain goats and mouflon drinking from the pools as we approached, and they moved away when they saw us. Patiently, they waited behind some bushes with their young until we left to go and drink again. Check the many things to do in this magical part of Spain in the Things to Do section below.

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‘Barranco del Ral’ ravine is far from everything.

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From the road to the pools, it is about a 20-minute walk downhill. In the final part, the path borders the ravine, revealing the enormous difference in altitude.

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It is very common to see wildlife in this area. Mountain goats, mouflon, wild boar, wild rabbits, red-legged partridges and golden eagles live here.

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Wild animals like to come to drink at Pozas del Ral.

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Some swimming holes are easily accessible and shallow. Others have almost vertical walls and are very deep.

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The colour of the water varies from pool to pool.

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The natural pools are beautiful and inviting.

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Water erosion has created rock formations that look like works of art.

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Part of the pools are in an extremely steep stone gorge.

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The nearest village and place to eat is Cortes de Pallás.

 

 

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HOW TO GET TO - Pozas del Ral

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 (see here for the timetable and route). From Valencia, there are trains to Yátova and from there you can take a taxi.

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 arrive in the village of Cortes de Pallás in approximately 1 h 17 min.

How to get to Pozas del Ral?

From Cortes de Pallás, take the CV-428 and cross the reservoir of Cortes de Pallás passing the viewpoint ‘Tierra Colorá’ which is on top of a mountain. From here, you’ll need to drive 9.5 km. First on road CV-428. After about 4 km there is a detour to the left at this point indicating the Castle of Chirel.
Take this unnamed road and after about 5 km park the car on the roadside here. There used to be a sign for Charcos del Ral, but it has disappeared.

This is the start of the PR-CV 249 hiking trail. Take it and descend for 20 minutes to reach Pozas del Ral.

Parking

There is no car park, but there is room for 4 or 5 cars on this spot on the roadside.

Location

Spain, Valencia

Coordinates

Villages Nearby

Cortes de Pallás (13.5 km), Castilblanques (7.6 km), El Oro (12 km), Venta Gaeta (15 km)

Difficulty Level

Not so easy: both finding the exact spot and going down the hill.

Walking Time

From the road, you have to go down a steep slope. It takes about 20 minutes walking from the road to the natural pools.

Drinking Water Spots

None

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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

Swimming in the natural pools
Hiking
Picnic on the ground or rocks

Facilities

None

Kids

The descent to the swimming holes is steep. Moreover, the walls of most natural pools are almost vertical, so once in the water you might not be able to come out.

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 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). 

Managed by

Ayuntamiento de Cortes de Pallás – 96 251 7001/ [email protected]

Things to Do – Pozas del Ral

Things to Do

Things to do near Pozas del Ral

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

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 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’ is the Cortes de Pallás river. It 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.

The Cortes de Pallás Reservoir is a couple of hundred meters from the village. It has blue turquoise water and a lovely yeti and beach.

You can enjoy a Cruise on the Júcar River, 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, in Barranco Otonel ravine, 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.

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

If you want to eat something in Pozas del Ral you will have to make the descent explained above and sit on the ground. That’s why it’s best to take a sandwich with you if you want to eat here.

You can have a picnic in the jetty area of the Cortes de Pallás reservoir or at the ‘Tierra Colorá’ viewpoint. Both places are about 9 km from Pozas del Ral and have 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 (Bar Emiliano). You can eat very well, at a good price and it has a very good atmosphere.

In the neighbouring village, Venta Gaeta is the Restaurant Venta Gaeta. It’s frequented by locals, bikers, hikers and cyclists.

Accommodation

In the village of Cortes de Pallás there is only one hostal 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

389 m (1276 ft)

Size

The pools are medium-sized. Their diameter ranges from 4 to 7 m.

Under Foot

Rocks

Maximum Water Depth

It's deep in almost all the pools. You won't be able to stand inside most of them.

Minimum Swimming Level

You should know how to swim to enter most pools. Besides, the walls of the pools are almost vertical, so you can’t enter progressively.

Shade

The slopes of the ravine are quite steep, so the sun disappears well before sunset.

How Clean is Swimming Spot?

A fool put graffiti on a very visible rock. Apart from that, the place is impeccable.

Water

Underwater

There is good visibility (5 m) but not much to see underwater.

Water Temperature

Cold

Water Colour

Emerald Green

How Clean is Water?

Clean
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