Mountains run through from north to south crashing valleys and plateaus in a violent topography which gives the quintessence of this nature. An aesthetic category based on the idea that the roughness could excite the retina and thus produce pleasure to the romantic view of nature
Centuries ago this area was the border among Moslem Taifas and the Cristian Kingdom of Aragón. Explore the core of
Els Ports, Natural Park of La Tinença and Maestrazgo.
Enjoy the finest ending getting Morella, the pearl of Maestrazgo.
Group size: min. 6; max.12.
Grade: level B moderate
. 8 days / 7 nights / 5 to 6 days walking.
Daywalk baggage: Daysac.
Accommodation: Small hotel, Guest House (Casas Rurales).
Price: from 640 EUR / pp. Sharing double room.
Dates: 28/04-05/05; 26/10-02/11.
Comments: One optional rest day. One overnight at mountain hut. Have a look at this picturesque trek
Connecting landscape & emotion:
Trek village to village; challenge & Achievement. Mountains fill the horizons. Sun breaks through tops and illuminates farms. Something pure and original, something deeply human and true is found in the ancient culture of the rural population. Rediscovering a lost tradition: dialogue with nature.
Meet up in Beceite (Hotel Font del Pas). Briefing.
Beceite - Valderrobres. 6 km
Valderrobres is a municipality and the major town of Matarranya region in the province of Teruel. To gain access into the town you cross the medieval bridge of San Roque, held up by pointed arches, and a Renaissance townhall building.
Its urban layout is composed of narrow, winding streets which creep up the top of the hill in search of the two most emblematic buildings: The Gothic church of Santa Maria and the castle. The name of the town means "Valley of Oaks", referred to the presence of oak (roure in local language).
A short transfer (20 min.) brings us to the starting point. We leave Beceite along the Matarranya River, which squeezes through a narrow valley. Today we are trekking through some of the most rugged landscapes we will see this week. We hike first at the bottom of the gorge and then winding our way up the mountain. We can expect a very pleasant view from the highest points we will reach. Up and down, inside and outside the gorge.
Our way continues through a forest of pine and oak, a track that takes us to Beceite where we stay at the same hotel as the night before, Hotel Font Del Pas. Depending on the weather, we can cool off with a dip in the pool when we reach the hotel.as the night before.
Tossal Three Kingdoms - Fredes.
A short transfer (20 min.) brings us to the starting point. The first part goes through a dense forest to the Ermita San Miguel and to the summit Tossal Los Tres Reyes (1350 m). Here we literally tower over the 3 ancient kingdoms. Then we take a path that takes us through GR7, the long-distance route that connects the French Vosges with Andalusia in the south of Spain. The red and white stripes lead us through the beautiful natural park of La Tinença de Benifassa and then descending to the hamlet of Fredes.
Fredes. El Portel del Infern.
One of the best routes offered in La Tinença de Benifassá Natural Park. The first section, runs along the former horseshoe path that links the villages of Fredes and La Senia, through the mythical natural pass El Portell del Infern, among large limestone rock walls.
The itinerary invites us to enjoy the surrounding nature: extensive woods, “Masías”, and river gorges. It is precisely the lack of human influence which has preserved the ecosystems of these lands.
Fredes - Boixar - Vallibona.
One of the best routes offered in La Tinença de Benifassá Natural Park. The first section, runs along the former
As on the previous day, we walk along the GR7 leaving Fredes, the last of the towns of La Tinença, a territory which was part of the estate of the Abbot of the Monastery of Benifassá. James I the Conqueror recovered these lands before the conquest of Valencia, and in 1233 founded a commemorative hermitage on Mount Beni Hasan.
First get Boixar (means a place round by buxus) and then from here, almost always in descent, we reach Vallibona, another small town of less than 40 inhabitants.
Vallibona. Moli de Rico.
The Vallibona circle to Rico Water Mill. With two nights in delightful Vallibona, this can be a complete rest day or take the following walk which is by no means strenuous and follows a ravine to a deserted water mill. Another opportunity to see how life once thrived by evidence of the deserted Mas, the Molino and surrounding terraces.
Vallibona - Morella. 15 km.
That is the final day in this area with its intricate mountain ranges before reaching the spectacular Morella, a town which can be seen for hours in the distance. A town laden with history: Calle Els Porxes, the Town Hall, Iglesia de Santa María Church, Towers and Castle, Renaissance Noble Palaces and a lot more.
Its walls have borne witness to legends such as El Cid, Rodrigo Diaz, who passed through Morella in the year 1084, or the Tiger of El Maestrazgo, Ramón Cabrera, a Carlist General who took up a strong position in the town.
Transfer to bus connection / hired car / train station. Farewell.
What is included in this picturesque tour?640
- 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days walking.
- Full board.
- UIMLA Mountain leader.
- Internal transfers days 2nd 3rd
- Baggage transport.
- Transport to local start point and return.
- Transportation to starting point from any airport and back.
- Map lover?: please ask us about originals.
* 30% deposit at booking. The rest to be paid 30 days prior to departure. Read conditions.
“The Three Kingdoms Trail (wandelreizen Spanje) It is difficult to say what was not good. We have enjoyed the trip (De Drie Koninkrijken wandelreis), especially the nature and the typical Spanish villages. Also the people in the hotels and guesthouses receive us very good with typical and good food. We have had no problems with the descriptions of the way, sometimes we have to look but that is normal and it give a little suspense. I give you a 10/10 for the trip and the warm welcome we have had in Spain and we say tot volgende keer!ˮ
“Die 3 Königreiche Lieber Eye is Delighted, wieder einmal verbrachten wir sehr erholsame Wandertage mit Maestrex. Du hast alles für uns wunderbar arrangiert. Alles stimmte von der Unterbringung, über die Verköstigung bis hin zu den exzellent organisierten Wanderungen. Sogar für gutes Wetter hast du gesorgt. Es wird mit Sicherheit ein nächstes Mal geben, und dann werden wir Freunde mitbringen.Ganz herzlichen Dank auch für deine stille Begleitung im Hintergrund.Das Maestrazgo sowie die Tour der Tres Reinos beherbergen Landschaften von einer ruhigen mediterranen Schönheit, in die wir uns verliebt haben. Auf baldˮ
“ELS PORTS, Spanien. Beceite – Font Ferrera – Boixar – Vallibona – Morella. Vi fik en helt fantastisk tur i Els Ports i uge 41. Perfekt vejr, perfekte udsigter og en smuk, smuk natur. Guidet af Ignacio, var vi i kyndige hænder. Vi fik fortalt den utrolige historie om krige, borgerkrig, kirker og borge. 14 danske vandrere fik en uforglemmelig oplevelse”ˮ
“OTTE DAGES VANDRING Den første dags transport sendte et godt signal. Alt fungerede. Overnatningsstederne var alle velvalgte. God og personlig betjening. En særlig oplevelse var Refugiet i Font Ferrera. Godt, at vi lod os overtale af Ignacio, men klogt at informere inden. Naturen er overvældende. Kulturen ligeså. Man fornemmer virkelig den svundne tid. Lidt skuffende, at mange små kirker var lukkede, men det kender vi jo også fra DK. Hvad kulturen angår, må også sidste hele dag i Morella fremhæves. Det skal understreges, at den dgl.skriftlige info var i top.ˮ
“My second hiking trip with Ignacio, and again, a delightful trip in magnificent landscapes! Perfect organisation, beautiful walks, and nice explanations about history, botanics and geography during the hikes. I enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and the silence of the nature on the Three Kingdoms trail!ˮ