The centennial forest of Las Blancas, a perfect paradise for disconnection

Publishing date 4/01/2018

Do you want a short break in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes and unknown of the Region of Valencia? Do you need to disconnect from the daily routine? You're lucky!
The centennial forest of Las Blancas, a perfect paradise for disconnection

We take you up to Rincón de Ademuz, the "inner island of Valencia" that seems to float between the provinces of Cuenca and Albacete. In particular, we will approach to Puebla de San Miguel, a small village of just 80 inhabitants that keeps in its municipal term the natural treasure of the ancient forest of Las Blancas, a group of Spanish junipers of great longevity among which you can find specimens with more than 1000 years of life.

 

Las Blancas, so called by the peculiar color of the white land where the forest is settled and also by the grey colour of their ash bark; they are one of the best groups of junipers which are still standing in the world. Do you imagine the stories that are hidden among the branches of these trees?

 

Its uniqueness, the excellent preservation of the area, as well as the unbeatable resource management carried out over the years by the inhabitants of the municipality allowed the declaration of more than 6,000 hectares of surface as Parque Natural in the year 2007. In the park there is a large group of endemic flora of great value that is added to the ancient forest of Las Blancas.

 

Together with the Alto de las Barracas, the Barranco de la Hoz, the Barranco del Pilar, the Barranco Jiménez, the Barranco Jorge and the Pino Vicente Tortajada, Las Blancas (as it is commonly known) are one of the seven micro-reserves of flora of the natural park. 

 

The journey through the wood of Las Blancas can take you about three hours taking as an arrival and departure point in the center of the town of Puebla de San Miguel. They are 11 kilometers of low difficulty path with maximum slopes of 348 meters the most.

 

How to get to us? 

You can access the Natural Park via Puebla de San Miguel road; you can do so through two entrances. Via the CV-35 to Aras de Los Olmos and from there by the CV-363 to Puebla de San Miguel through Losilla de Aras and the Hoya de la Carrasca.

 

From Ademuz by asphalted road going through Val de la Sabina and Mas del Olmo to Puebla de San Miguel.

 

To access the region of Rincón de Ademuz, if you come from Teruel, take the N-420 and if you are accessing from Valencia, you have two options: either by the A3 to Utiel and from there by the road N-330 by Sinarcas and Landete, or by the CV-35 Valencia-Ademuz).

 

Recommendations.

If you wish to visit the ancient junipers, prepare appropriate footwear and appropriate clothing according to the season. It will be no harm to take a backpack with food and water. In summer, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen cream and lip balm. Do not forget your camera, battery well charged, to capture the magical forms of the trunks of the junipers.

 

Any time of the year is appropriate for this route. In summer, avoid the hours of strong insolation and in winter you can meet some complication if it snows or rains. The route is ideal to make it alone, as a couple, with friends or family.

 

Don't leave the site without a hug to some of the White Ladies! The feeling is unrivalled and will fill you with energy. Remember that they are living trees; treat them with respect and much tenderness.

Other details: Puebla de San Miguel

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