Quesa Lakes in Valencia, how to take a bath not going to the beach.
Just over an hour from Valencia, La Canal de Navarres region hides places such as called Quesa Lakes (Charcos de Quesa): several natural pools created by narrowing of the Grande river, also called Rio de las Cuevas, which draw capricious shapes due to the erosion of the water on limestone rock over time.
Quesa lakes are a set of four natural pools of different sizes and depths. They nestle between mountains and pine forests, shrubs and aromatic plants.
Bathing is allowed in all lakes.
In the first one, in which bathing with dogs is allowed, you will want to take a dip, but before taking out the towel (or the table and chairs, as many do who are prepared to spend there all day) It is worth it that you continue walking until you discover natural waterfalls such as El Chorro, a small waterfall under which you can dive for a few seconds to release adrenaline; or the Charco de la Horteta, point where we can start a path to the Abrigo de Voro, a set of cave paintings from the Neolithic period, declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco and showing warrior dances represented by archers.
Along the way, you will pass through lush pine forests, centenary fig trees, strawberry trees, ash trees and endemic orchids while admiring the high limestone walls that rise several tens of meters (called “cinglas”) and that create the visors and shelters sculpted by erosion in which mountain goats and golden eagles live.
For the more adventurous, the natural environment of the Quesa lakes also offers a via ferrata of high difficulty (it is a K4), in the form of an itinerary traced in a rocky massif equipped with a cable and steps, as well as a climbing area.
The pools of the Grande river are located 7 km from the town of Quesa.
You can access the Recreation Area by car and park. You can also follow a section of the PR-204 route from Quesa to the lakes.
7 kilometers from the lakes is placed the town: Quesa, located in the foothills of the Bicorp mill, is picturesque and is dominated in its upper part by the Moorish castle, which gives rise to the municipality.
Quesa, a small municipality of barely 700 inhabitants located in the Canal de Navarres region, Valencia, has as its star spot the Quesa lakes, natural pools or pools of water surrounded by mountains where the visitor will find a place to disconnect, carry out activities in nature, such as hiking, and share experiences.
The pools of the Quesa lakes, which are located in the municipality of the same about 7 kilometers from the municipality, are a total of four natural pools -with their own names such as Charco de la Horteta, de las Fuentes, La Bañera and el Charco del Chorro-, in which bathing is allowed, of different depth and size -one of them with a considerable waterfall-, which are formed thanks to the Grande River.
You can walk through its picturesque streets, buy local pastries and above all, its two star products (honey and olive oil produced by the region) and walk the Sendero de las Fuentes: a circular route that passes through the sources that once supplied the town, through a demolished flour mill or through a disused quarry.
Quesa is part of the Natura 2000 Network, a European network aimed at guaranteeing the conservation of biodiversity. The municipality has been declared by the same network as a Zepa Zone (a special protection area for birds) and a Lic Zone (a Site of Community Importance, places that host natural habitat types or species of special value)
The lakes area has:
- Disabled area enabled
- Picnic area and a small recreational area that has a fountain, tables and shade generated by the trees
- Play area for children