El Rincón de Ademuz is one of the most unusual regions in that it consists of a Valencian ‘island’ within the borders of Aragón and Castilla-la Mancha. Because of its location it is sometimes called “El Rincón Olvidado” (The Forgotten Corner) It is a largely rural and sparsely populated area with seven municipalities of which only its capital, Ademuz, has over 1,000 inhabitants. Within the 360 square kilometres the other municipalities are: Casas Altas, Casas Bajas, Castielfabib, Puebla de San Miguel, Torrebaja and Vallanca.

At a relatively high altitude, the weather is cold in winter and very pleasant in summer, making el Rincón an extremely popular place with walkers. The Parque Nacional de la Puebla de San Miguel, a recently founded national park, is home to Monte Calderón, at 1387m it is the highest peak in the Valencian Community.

Rincon de Ademuz was conquered from the moors by the Christians in 1210, it returned to Islamic hands until reconquered by Jaume I in 1259, who included it with the region in the Kingdom of Valencia.

PLACES OF INTEREST

CASAS ALTAS

A pretty village with a 17th century church, an old mill and steep, narrow streets with traditional houses.

CASTIELFABIB

Castielfabib has a 12th century fortified church under which runs a narrow street called El Carrerón that leads to a look out point over the valley. There are many other places to visit here including the ruins of the Convent of San Guillermo, Puente de Barrioso, Puente de la Canal de Piedra etc

PUEBLA DE SAN MIGUEL

Puebla de San Miguel has a 17th century church which presides over the traditional village but there are also other interesting buildings including the Abbey House, the Town Hall, the old school, the old Town Hall-Granary-Prison and a museum of anthropology.

TORREBAJA

A small town situated at the place where the Rivers Turia and Ebrón meet. In the Town Hall square there is an old 17th century noble house that still has its square tower, the parish church was re-built in the middle of the 20th century in the same style as the original that dated back to 17th century. As from all the other villages, there are several good, short, walking routes from Torrebaja; the old Royal road that leads to the 18th century Mill of San José, the Hermitage of San José and the Molino del Señor. This trek links with the route to La Loma where you come to a look-out point with marvellous views over the valley and various constructions left from the civil war such as refuges, remains of trenches and machine gun nests.

VALLANCA

Vallanca is situated on a rocky peak and the streets and houses have been adapted to the abrupt slopes and some have been built into the cliffs. The Town Hall square is particularly attractive with its 17th century Baroque church and its traditional houses with wooden balconies. Nearby is the old granary and tithe house, several old noble houses and magnificent look out points. There is a network of tunnels running under the village and many are used as wine cellars.

THE SCULPTURAL PARK

The Sculptural Park of Rincón de Ademuz is a reality for which an enthusiastic team under the direction of the sculptor Lucas Karrvaz has been working for the last four years with the intention to recover and capture the historical tradition of the district in the most modern forms of artistic expression, without breaking the harmony of the landscape nor attacking the environment. The Sculptural Park is not located in one place. The sculptures are placed in all the villages that compose the Rincón of Ademuz integrating themselves with nature, in such a way that you will have to discover them. The best way to visit the Sculptural Park is to follow any of the trekking routes which cross the Rincon de Ademuz.The routes were opened in October 1999 with the sculpture “The Walker” that represents the first step and, as such, is also the first work installed in the Sculptural Park

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