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Camino natural del Guadalaviar. El Balsón

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The surroundings of Teruel and its rural neighborhoods have an important list of natural environments which can be visited according to their interests or hobbies. On the outskirts of the city and bordering on the Hill of Santa Barbara and the Mansuetos are the Monotes. Access is easy from the perimeter road or through the Rambla(Ravine) of the Ollerías. The landscape is clayey with characteristic formations, the monotes or small hills, due to the exploitation for the ceramics or ollerías and where the erosion did the rest.

More to the east, by accessing it through the road of Corbalan, or through the roads that cross the Rambla del Rio Seco, one reaches the ravine of the Salobral. The landscapes are also known as Mining Bridge, work of the old railway rout from Ojos Negros to Sagunto. There, between the marl and plasters of the Triassic, you can find a crystallized mineral that takes its name of teruelita in honor to the first place where it was identified.

From this last spot, a hiker is not far from the Lagoon of Tortajada although it would be better to access  by the crossing of the road of Alcañiz with the Alfambra river if it is done with a suitable car. This small lagoon with permanent water is located in the neighborhood of the same name inside a small endorheic basin. The dry landscape and lacking in trees provides it the beauty of the desolate sceneries.

To enjoy a day in the countryside we should talk about Fuentecerrada as the appropriate place. The access, perfectly signposted, is in the exit of the road to Valencia after just leaving the city behind. The landscape is rich in riverside woodland and pine forest of last century reforestation. A number of sports and recreational facilities, tables and barbecues provide the family scattering at a short distance from the city. A little higher the Fuente Carrasco complements this magnificent park.

To the south east of Teruel it can be found one of the most singular landscapes that surrounds the Rambla of Barrachina. Its access does not present many difficulties and it can be done from the road to Cuenca. Along this raven which takes water from the Muela to the River Turia a few enormous gullies rise in its margin.  These vertical cliffs, which can be seen from the distance, transport us to the landscapes of the  far west cinema.

To take a hike or do some sport stretching the legs there is nothing better than a visit to the banks of the river while passing through the city. An elegant way of recent creation, to which one gains access from the Iron Bridge or from the Tablas, provides us the ideal place near to the fluvial route in the middle of the vegetation of the bank. Its extension runs from the Cubo Bridge to waters below the railway station.

If what we want is something more rugged, recommended is the Natural Way of the Guadalaviar River, ranging from the rural district of San Blas to the dam of El Arquillo. A well-conditioned path crosses the beautiful banks of the river and  narrow vertical rocky walls through a hanging bridge. The tour is approximately three kilometers. The place is great for a morning or an afternoon.

If the visitor likes a family excursion there are many places to go and spend the day as for example the Fuente de la Hortaleza in the rural district of Aldehuela.

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