Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache
The Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache is a mountain activity suitable for all ages. The walk is not long: 1,700 meters of beautiful landscapes, crystal clear waters and a vast territory to admire. The track that takes at least three hours, ideal to enjoy some family time, including your pet, exploring and engaging with nature.
The Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache can be travelled on foot or by bicycle since it has no difficulty. It is a route to relax breathing the fresh air of the leafy forest, admiring the ancient walls and mill ruins, the sound of the crystal clear current of the river, the bird songs, the rustling of the carpet of leaves under your feet: a multisensory experience in the Region of Valencia.
On this route, there is a rest area with tables and benches, as well as two fountains. Since it is just over a kilometre long, you have the option of complementing the trip by visiting nearby areas, such as the Turche Cave, Las Palomas, the Mezquita fountain, and the Chico de Buñol river. Do not worry; it is impossible to get lost because there are signs everywhere about the route, the sights, and the structures.
Follow the Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache
Alborache, municipality of the Region of Valencia, stands out for taking advantage of the strength of water for different purposes, having 11 mills, seven of which are in the basin of the Buñol river. There, in the Buñol river, flows a small stream created by a spring that rises in the Charco Azul, where the Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache begins. This path runs through buildings that used water, according to their strength, in different tasks, from the 18th century until the beginning of the 20th century.
Some of these mills -which started out as flour mills, others made paper, and others were devoted to making chocolate-, fell and disappeared. However, many structures are maintained; some were restored in the form of dams, canalisations, and now they are part of the aquatic landscape of Alborache.
The route is conditioned according to our times. In each of the mills, there are posters with the history of the old structures that are part of the route, as well as important details about the restorations and constructions that were made to take advantage of the force of water.
The route is a symphony of smells, sounds, and sensations
The Molinos de Alborache began to be built approximately in the nineteenth century, with the development of a pulp mill in the area. In Alborache there were six paper mills, some of them are in ruins and others better preserved, located in private residences or lodgings.
The Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache is a journey that allows you to experience a wholly spiritual moment, enjoying a symphony where smells, sounds, landscapes and other stimuli are combined, although in some areas preservation is needed. In the same way, it is a journey worth doing. You will see that it is effortless and you can even go horseback riding because the roads are not so steep.
Every detail you see on the Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache invites you to take a picture. There are views that you will keep in your memory, and why not, some in your camera to share your experience with others.
Recommendations in the Ruta de los Molinos de Alborache
If you finally dare to take the route, it is advisable to start in the morning hours, thus avoiding the sun peak hours. As there will be sun exposure, it is recommended to wear a cap, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
Although it is an undemanding route from an athletic perspective, activewear is advisable. Also, consider the time of year; you must wear appropriate clothing and be hydrated at all times.