The region of la Serranía del Turia, also known as Los Serranos, is one of the most rugged of the Valencian Community, and is crossed by the Turia river, which runs through the region shouldered by long gorges, resulting in this highly treasured landscape. The geographic heart of the region is the Benageber reservoir.
You will find some of the highest mountains of the province in the foothills of the Javalambremountains. These are home to some of the most important forest ranges of the Valencian Community (above all those located in Aras de los Olmos, Titaguas, Tuéjar, Benageber and Chelva, an area better known by its nickname Alto Turia). This extensive region extends over 1,392km2, the second biggest in the province of Valencia (after Requena-Utiel).
It stands to reason that this is a perfect area in which to practice outdoor sports: mountaineering, hiking, climbing, abseiling, canoeing, cycling, horseriding, etc. Both artistic and cultural heritage are important in this region. A natural spa (Verche) can be found in the Turia mountain range, which also offers some important gastronomic experiencesand is the home to the production of fine wines, such as those distilled the Alto Turia, Villar del Arzobispo or Pedralba.
The population is one of the lowest in the province; however the density of areas of outstanding natural beauty is amongst the highest in the region
How to arrive:
From Valencia you reach the region of Los Serranos along the CV-35, better known as the Pista de Ademuz, which forms the backbone of the region,en route to Rincón de Ademuz. The CV-35 also provides access to the rest of the area via trunk roads including the CV-355 to Aras de Olmos, connectingto the Province of Castellon, the CV 435 which joins Titaguas with the towns of Alpuente and La Yesa, the CV-390 from Tuejar to Benageber and from there to the region of Requena-Utiel, or the CV-395, to the town of Requena via Chulilla.
Gastronomy and events:
The gastronomy of Serranos is similar to that of some of the Province’s interior regions, rich and strong dishes well suited to the high mountains and cold weather. Olla is one of the dishes to be found in most of the towns of the region: the ingredients vary according to the season and the village. DishesincludeOlla Churra, Olla de Pueblo, and Olla de Pencas. Oats, beans, and the typical gazpacho Serrano stew, along with many pork based dishes and organic sausages complete the typical gastronomy of this interior region, and are well paired with the excellent white wines of Alto Turia, whilst the wines of Villar del Arzobispo and Pedralba take on a whole different flavor with each and every one of these succulent dishes. The crafts of the region celebrate the union of man and nature,and the production of high quality virgin olive oil is well appreciated by lovers of food and cooking. There are a great many producers and cooperatives in the region. In some of the smaller municipalities such as Sot de Chera, manufacturers of artisan palm brushes and broomsstill survive, whilst in VillardelArzobsipo you can find makers of traditional jars and jugs. The festive calendar opens with the celebration of San Antonio Abad on January 17 in various parts of the region. Carnival season occupies a break in the religious festivals and is becoming ever more ingrained in the region, mainly in VillardelArzobispo, where carnival is celebrated in a very unique way, but also in Chulilla. Festivals include el Canto de los Mayos (in Chelvaon April 30), the pilgrimages of Aras de los Olmos (April 25), Alcublas, Andilla and Pedralba, and the traditional festivals of Alpuente (May), which leads into the summer fiestas, where the August Virgin is the main eventand the Tuéjar festival in particular stands out with its Entrada del Moro, held every five years. This is just part of the cycle of festivals held in this region; they are many in number and go on all year round.
Avenida José Antonio 19 C.P: 46178 Alpuente
Horario: De lunes a viernes de 12:00 a 14:30 h. Sábados de 12:00 a 14:30 y de 17:00 19:30 h. Domingos de 12:00 a 14:30 h.
Carretera CV-35, KM.73 C.P: 46177 Tuéjar
Horario: Horario Invierno( del 1 de octubre al 30 de junio): De lunes a viernes, de 09:00 a 14:00 h. Sábados: de 10:00 a 14:00 h. y de 16:00 a 19:00 h. Domingos y festivos, de 10:00 a 14:00 h.
Calle de las Eras, s/n C.P: 46167 Chulilla
Horario: Miércoles a Viernes de 09.00 a 14.00 h. Sábados y domingos de 11:00 a 14:00 h.