To the west of the Province of Valencia lies the region of Requena-Utiel, known for geographical features including El Altiplano, an elevated plateau where the altitude varies from 600 – 900m. The area is bordered to the south by the Martés and Malacara mountains, to the north-west you will find the Tejo and Negrete mountains (the peak of the Tejo stands at 1270m), and to the west and south flows the rugged riverbed of the River Cabriel which, along its 100km passes through the Embalse de Contreras and the village of Casas del Río (Requena), serves as a river-border separating the autonomous communities of Valencia and Castille (namely the towns of Cuenca and Albacete). We would highly recommend a visit to this truly varied region of the Valencian Community, which offers an important artistic and historic heritage (based above all upon the medieval architecture of Requena and Utiel),rich and varied woodland along the course of the River Cabriel, past the famous Hoces and Cuchillos, the Chera national park, Tejo and Negrete mountains, the Embalse de Contreras, and many other features. Delectable gastronomy is complemented by a huge variety of local wines from the surrounding valleys, whilst there are many opportunities to try out some outdoor activities: hiking, cycling, climbing, hunting, fishing, and much more. A trip to this region, which voluntarily joined Valencia in 1851, is guaranteed not to disappoint;on the contrary, the beauty of the countryside in these lands of fine wine, and the hospitality of the locals will ensure that you keep returning and will feel at home in this vast and beautiful region.
How to arrive:
The A3 highway crosses the length of Requena-Utielregion, whilst two other national (N) roads roads cut across it: the N-330 which starts from Cuenca and passes through Sinarcas, Utiel and Requena, from where you can travel on into the region of the Ayora Valley, and secondly the N-322, which joins Requena with the province of Albacete. A wide network of local roads follow on from these two national roads to connect with the rest of the towns and villages in the region.The area is also connected by a bus service and local trains, with Utielbeing the most westerly destination in this region.
Gastronomy and events:
The region of Requena-Utielis famous for both the quantity and quality of the wines produced there, using the Wine Origin Denomination Utiel-Requena. In local museums you can discover the characteristics and find out about the making of these wines, particularly in the Museum of Wine (Museodel Vino)in Utiel, in the Municipal Museum in Requenaand at Sisternas Village Ethnological Museum (Museo Municipal and MuseoEtnológico respectively). However, if you would like to delve even further into the wine making process, we would recommend a visit to one or more of the numerous cellars and distilleries in the region, operating under both private and cooperative labels. The only cava produced within the Valencian Community also comes from Requena, and is included within the Denomination of Origin classification. The quality of the region’s wines has improved markedly since the protection of the Denomination Utiel-Requenawas introduced and also since the inception of the Schools of Viticulture and Enology in Requena, funded by the Valencian Local Government. The cuisine found in this region is also rich and delicious. Many dishes from the area have been recognized for their quality and their artisanal preparation, such as the sausages produced in Requena and Utiel, the breads and buns of Requena and the traditional sweets of Utiel. The most important gastronomic dates in the region’s calendar are the Requena Sausage Fair (February), the Gastronomic Fair of Utiel (October), and the Requena Wine Fair. Typical dishes you may find in the region vary from gazpachos, porridges, gachamiga, stews, pot roasts and many more. There is also a famous sweet unique to Utiel, el alajú. The main festival celebrations of the region are centered upon the harvest, so in Requena at the end of August and the start of September the Harvest Fair and Festival are celebrated in honor of the Virgin Mary of Dolores (Sorrows). In Utiel, from the 6th to the 15th of September, there is no end to the religious celebrations and leisure activities held in honor of the Virgin of Remedio, most notably the Running of the Bulls. In Villargordo del Cabriel, the local festival takes place from 14th to 21st August, or visit Sinarcas during the last week of August, spend January in Caudete de las Fuentes (San Antonio Abad) and in June we can recommend the local fiestas of San Antonio de Pádua. In February and August fiestas are held in Camporrobles, in Fuenterrobles in the first week of February, and closing the celebratory season in December the fiestas of Ventadel Moro, in honor of the Virgen del Loreto.
Calle García Montes s/n C.P: 46340 Requena
Horario: Martes a jueves y domingos/festivos: 9.30 a 14.00 horas. Viernes y sábados: 9.30 a 14.00 y 16.00 a 19.00 horas Días de cierre anual: 24, 25, 31 de diciembre; 1 y 6 de enero
C/ CAMINO, 1 CASA DE LA CULTURA
Horario: De Lunes a Viernes de 10 a 14 horas - Festivos cerrado.