A small village in inland province of Valencia, Olocau is an ideal destination for walking beautiful trails and exploring historic sites.
Located in Camp de Túria in the province of Valencia, Olocau is a wonderful destination for a family getaway. The small village offers no shortage of walks and trails, such as Ruta de fuente en fuente, which leads you to a number of beautiful fountains, and Ruta de les Macollades, which is defined by its century-old carob trees. Keep reading to discover everything else you can see and do in the destination.
What to do in Olocau
Nestled in the spectacular inland scenery of Sierra Calderona natural park, Olocau is the gateway to a network of trails that are punctuated with points of interest. Plants and wildlife abound in the area, and there are all sorts of interesting geological features, meaning that at every turn you will be taken aback by the beauty of the landscape.
A good place to start your exploration is in the village itself. First stop off at Casa de la Senyoria y Torre de Pardines. A Site of Cultural Interest, this historic home and tower houses not only a museum but also Olocau’s tourist information centre. You also won’t want to miss the Muslim fortress and El Rosario church.
Once you’ve wandered around the village, we’d recommend following the trail that takes you to a number of beautiful fountains. The walk is suitable for a day out with the kids.
If you fancy seeing a bit more of the area surrounding the village, you could walk to El Arquet, the beautiful remains of a Roman aqueduct. Continue your explorations looking for the ruins of La Sella, La Maimona, El Tollo and Pitxerí, which are Roman villas and wineries.
Keen walkers will be pleased to know that there are many trails in and around Olocau. Ruta Geológica is ideal for experienced hikers whereas Ruta al Castillo, which leads to the castle, is a simpler route. Ruta del Rodeno i les Amitges is a little more difficult and Ruta al Puntal dels Llops leads you to an archaeological site dating from the 5th to the 2nd centuries BC. See if you can sign yourself up for a guided tour.
After your walk, you’re sure to be feeling pretty peckish so we’d recommend trying some of the local cuisine. Olla de col de Sant Antoni, for instance, is a tasty stew which is traditionally prepared for Sant Antoni festival in January, as is congrets, a sweet treat. And then there’s ajolaire (garlic, cod and olive oil) and tarta de pimiento y tomate (a pepper and tomato tart). So what are you waiting for? Start planning your getaway to Olocau, a village with plenty of things to do and see.