Peña Cortada Aquaduct

[panoramio class=”alignright” width=”400″ height=”600″ ids=”2867699/586586″]Not far from Chelva are the impressive remains of a Roman Aqueduct.  The bridge (shown right) is just a small part of a much longer network of channels and tunnels, the ruins of which stretch almost 30Km.  The destination of the aqueduct is open to debate—some historians believe that it carried water to Lliria, while others think it may have stretched as far as Sagunto.

There is a waymarked walk, starting in the town of Chelva, which makes a circuit of around 15Km — ask at the Tourist Office for details of walk PRV-92,  but if you just want a short walk, it’s possible to drive much closer, by taking the road to Ahillas from the centre of town, and turning right after you pass the Bullring, and following the signs to Acueducto Romano. This will take you to a shaded parking area, from where you follow a track uphill to the North, until you find the rock channel of the Aqueduct. (There is also a second track which goes along the valley, ending right underneath the aqueduct – if you suffer from vertigo, then this may be a better choice for you!)

Turning right, youfollow the rock channel East along the contour of the hill.  After a dog-leg turning North, you’ll see the spectacular bridge, that was built over the Gorge of the .

Don’t turn around at the bridge, though—the next section is even more spectacular.  First, the aqueduct passes through a narrow chasm  – it’s believed that the rock to build the bridge was cut from here.  On the other side, the aqueduct passes through some tunnels, the first of which has openings, looking out onto the gorge below.

Note:  If you want to go further through these tunnels, a torch is essential!

You can find more information on the Chelva.es website

Cave of the Cat