This is one of the most interesting regions within the Valencian Province; it is largely unknownand has its own unique personality.
Due to its geographical location, it forms what is really a ‘Valencian island’ in the regions of Aragon and Castille, separated from the rest of the province by a 15 km stretch of land.
But is this really an enclave of Aragon and Castilleor are the areas of Santa Cruz de Moya and Arcos de las Salinas located within Valencia? This dispute was first raised in the early days of King Jaime I, when what would later become the borders of the new Kingdom were first established. One should not forget that the first towns came under the control of the Archbishop of Segorbe from 1232 until 1960, and in later days formed part of the Kingdom of Alpuente.
Apart from a period of 20 months at the beginning of the 20th century, Ademuz, from the date of the early conquest, has always belonged to the Kingdom of Valencia. Physically the territory is formed by the valleys of the rivers Ebron and Boilgues, tributaries of the river Turia, the true north – south axis of the region, whose waters run along the bottom of narrow ravines, between high mountains. From here rise the highest peaks of this land: to the North the Javalambre mountain range, or the Calderon mountains (also known as the Alto de Barracas) which include the town of Puebla de San Miguel, at 1,839m (6000ft)the highest point of the Province of Valencia. In this same town the Gavilan Peak may also be found (1,747m or 5731ft). To the west lie the foothills of the Universal Mountains, where the Cross of the Three Kingdoms rises, so called for being the meeting point of the Kingdoms of Aragon, Castille and Valencia, situated in the municipality of Casteilfabib.
In the Torjada mountains you can find the most extensive juniper forest in the Valencian Community, whilst in stark contrast the length of the Turia valley (known thereabouts as Blanco), is a fertile hillside, the most outstanding produce of which are aromatic apples, particularly the Espereiga variety. In both places, river and forest, there is a wealth of opportunities to practice sports such as fishing and hunting, both of which offer the incentive of making that great catch!
For lovers of hiking and outdoor activities, the Rincon is a privileged ecological enclave, its countryside is second to none, and its mountains preserve the invaluable variety of Mediterranean plant and wildlife, with forests of monumental trees and a vast number of aromatic plants.
The average elevation of 825m (2700ft) delivers a cold climate in winter but is surprisingly agreeable in summer, which makes this region a popular summer retreat.
The population (3,200) is shared between the towns of Ademuz (the capital) , Casas Altas, CasaBajas, Castielfabib, Puebla de San Miguel, Torrebaja and Vallanca, together withtheir respective villages.
How to arrive:
The quickest route from Valencia is via the A-3 to Utiel. Take the N-330 to9 Sinarcas, entering the province of Cuenca, until you reach Santa Cruz de Moya and take the exit for Casas Altas, Casas Bajasand Ademuz.
This route crosses the region and also allows you to access Vallanca, Torrebajaand Castielfabib (highways CV-478 and CV-479 respectively).
Alternatively you may take the CV-35, travelling through Llíria, Casinos, Tuéjar or Aras de los Olmos, where you enter the province of Cuenca and will take the N-330.
Access to the western part of Rincón de Ademuz is via the CV-355 towards the province of Teruel, entering the Rincónon the CV-463, heading in the direction of Puebla de San Miguel.
Gastronomy and events:
As this area is at a high elevation, the cuisine is robust in order to combat the rigors of the continental climate.
Based principally upon local products, the lamb and pork provide hearty fare. The more typical dishes include gachas de maíz y trigo(corn and wheat casserole), potaje(vegetable and legume soup), almortas(bean stew), arrozempedrao(rice casserole), puchero(meat broth), olla de pueblo(a local meat stew) and embutidos(cold cuts), each of local origin, also served in local restaurants.
With the exception of certain local processions and celebrations, the majority take place in the month of August, when the greatest number of travelers visit these towns and villages which have a welcoming character. Visitors can also take part, including in some of the culinary festivals. Bull running and street partiesenliven the summer festivals. Religious festivals take place on the allotted dates (San Antonio, San Isidro, San José), with processions to the hermitages by the named Saints, such as Saint Quiteriain the village of Puebla de San Miguel. InCastielfabibthe famous bell ringing, in which bell boys hang from the bells,takes place early on the morning of Easter Sunday.
Paraje Los Centenares s/n C.P: 46141 Castielfabib
EL RINCÓN DE ADEMUZ
Horario: Mañanas: de martes a domingo de 9:30 a 14:00 h. Tardes: viernes y sábados de 16:00 a 19:30 h.
Calle Fuente Vieja 10 C.P: 46140 Ademuz
EL RINCÓN DE ADEMUZ
Horario: • Horario: Mañanas de míercoles a domingo, de 10:00 a 14:00 h. Tardes de viernes y sábado, de 10:00 a 14:00 h y de 16:30 a 18:30 h.