The Eye is Delighted invites you to follow past time travels through Labyrinth of Silence natural landscape and to see into the heart of our culture, understand how people in this natural setting have lived and what they have managed.
Follow ancient routes over mountains, set out into the field, forest, small villages. Draw and painted landscape and folk life in your mind.
Caught among the outermost points of experience: the fruitful and the sterile, warmth and cold, light and shadow, life and death. El Maestrazgo becomes something more, it becomes a picture of the land itself and of human existence.
Self guided program.
Group size: min. 1.
Grade: level B moderate
8 days / 7 nights / 6 days walking.
Daywalk baggage: Daysac.
Accommodation: Small hotel, and Guest House (Casas Rurales).
Price: from € 553 / pp / 2 person party. Sharing double room. Discount depending on number of people.
Dates: From 01/03 to 11/11. We recommend avoiding from 1st July to 18th August.
Connecting landscape & emotion: village to village; challenge & Achievement; the Templar Dominion; picturesque approach towards the sensitive in Cuevas de Cañart, even artistic; unadorned rudeness of Guadalope river; what every building is saying in La Cañada de Benatanduz village; the bareness of the neighbouring hills around Mirambel village.
Meet up in Cuevas de Cañart. Briefing
In the second half of the 12th century, the Order of the Knights Templar conquered this land acquired a distinct historical-legendary dimension. Cuevas de Cañart became once a mystical location and religious center with two monasteries. The monastery of the Servitas monks ('servants of Mary'), just outside the built-up area, and the second one, that of the Concepcionistas Franciscanas, in Baroque style from the 17th century.
Cuevas de Cañart located at an altitude of 816; population 70 inhabitants; declared cultural heritage in 1982.
GR8 Guadalope River and Puente de La Fonseca. Meeting point El Raspador. 19 km.
What is attractive even enchanting, about solitude?. Today we walk to Guadalope River, set out into the ravine, forest, small villages.
The first section, from Cuevas de Cañart to La Algecira (Alyazira /The island) shows us cultivated olive grove among the bareness of the neighbouring hills. The second leg introduces us inside the river bank forest, embrace by broken boulders and scarps. And the final narrative landscape, climbing up to the meeting point, an open space which must move the spectator either to joy or to sadness, to melancholy or to light-heartedness.
Silence reigns over all the views. Hiking on this landscape give us first and foremost the expectation of an encounter with the magnificence of natura.
Montoro de Mezquita. The seven - died pilgrims’ story. Organos de Montoro. Valloré. 18 km.
The legend of San Pedro de la Roqueta goes back to the 14th century when Villarluengo was struck by the plague and a drought. Seven men from the village went on a pilgrimage to Rome. When they returned from Rome to the ermita, one of the pilgrims died at the ermita and the other six on the way back to Villarluengo. At the place where they died, a cross has been erected.
On April 25, 1354, the day of San Marcos, finally the desired rain came and since then there is an annual procession to the ermita. On the way to the ermita there are singing and praying. The procession ends with a joint meal.
River Pitarque Ravine; pine forests, oaks, moorlands. Contrasted landscapes. Cañada de Benatanduz. 18 km.
Through a green valley you first walk to the springs of the Pitarque river. The path gradually goes up through a shady, moist gorge. The vegetation here is lush. Maples, walnuts, hazel trees constitute one of best Mediterranean river bank forest of the area.
Further on, the landscape changes abruptly: it becomes drier, barren and rougher. Then the village of Cañada de Benatanduz appears, lying on the edge of a steep rock and surrounded by a deep ravine as a safe haven. In guest house La Vega you will soon feel at home with Juan, your host.
Cantavieja, stronghold of the Carlist rebel Ramón Cabrera, The Tiger of El Maestrazgo. 19 km.
You walk today through the high Maestrazgo. Along pine forests the way goes up to Capellania top at 1775 m highest point of the trek. It is quiet and lonely and you have a beautiful view of surrounding. Later in the distance you can see the contours of Cantavieja village, strategically located on top of the cliff, featuring its former wealth and power on the horizon.
La Iglesuela del Cid a Templar village laid on The Way of El Cid The Knight. Circular: Dry stone walling trail. 11 km.
People across untold generations have left traces in the mountains. One of the most common cultural memories is awakened by dry stone walling huts. They give evidence of the mountain landscape significance. After 1850 farm activity stagnated because of war and migration from rural districts. Even so, the natural resources of the plateaus still have importance. Every year herds of sheep or cows are released into the pastures.
Mirambel village: a jewell inside the walls. 15 km.
Beautiful route over mountain ridges and ravines to the village with the poetic name Mirambel. Old farmhouses lie like solitary anchorages in the empty land, which is intersected by a patchwork of dry stone walls.
Through the nuns' gate you walk into Mirambel: a cultural-historical monument, where hardly anything has changed since the Middle Ages. Here takes the relationship between man and nature, culture, religion and civilization. It was these qualities in “La Venta de Mirambel” (Pio Baroja) the aim to give the far higher and deeper truth of mental vision, rather than that of the physical facts.
Transfer to bus connection / hired car / train station.
What is included in this picturesque tour?553
- 8 days / 7 nights / 6 days walking.
- Briefing at spot is delivered. Half board.
- Internal transfers days 2nd,4th.
- Baggage transport.
- Route book (maps and notes send by mail).
- 24/7 emergency telephone number.
- Transport to local start point and return.
- Transportation to starting point from any airport and back.
- Extended stays.
- Divide stages.
- Map lover?: please ask us about originals.
- Local guide: UIMLA International Mountain Leader (English spoken). Please ask us about
* 553 EUR per person in a double room. 30% deposit at booking. The rest to be paid 30 days prior to departure. Read conditions.
“Maestrazgo representerar det okända Spanien. Inte ens spanjorerna själva brukar säkert kunna säga var den här regionen är belägen. Och här ligger förstås lockelsen, att upptäcka något nytt. Nästan lite hemlighetsfullt. Maestrazgo är det vilda och orörda Spanien – en bergig region på 1 000 km2 som ligger mellan Castellón och Teurel provinserna i landets nordöstra del. Man åker definitivt inte hit för att sola och bada. Det är trekking som gäller, eller cykling. Själv åkte jag hit i slutet av maj för att vandra i grupp en vecka med guide.ˮ
“Att vandra en höstvecka i Maestrazgo bergen är något jag verkligen rekommenderar! I en historiskt unik miljö och natur bland små bergsbyar, som klamrar sig fast vid klipporna, vida vyer från topparna, olivträd , tallskog, röd jord och massor av sten. Dramatiskt! Professionell guidning och extra engagemang när jag skadade knät .Med lokalbuss och bagagebilen fick jag lift och kunde halvera några vandringsdagar, vilket gjorde vandringen till en njutning trots allt. Logi i små pittoreska byar, den minsta med 18 invånare, och läckra, varierande trerätters måltider gjorde inte njutningen mindre… En oförglömlig vandringsvecka! Jag kommer tillbaka! Tack Ignacioˮ
“Wandern in der Stille. Maestrazgo wanderurlaub. Das erste, was meine Augen sahen, war die unendliche Weite des Himmels.Das erste, was meine Ohren hörten, war das Raunen des Windes in den alten Bäumen. Das erste, was mein Herz berührte, war die Schönheit der schroffen Berge und der zarten Blumen. Das erste, was meine Hände fühlten, war die Härte der Steine auf dem Acker.ˮ
“We wanted something really different this time, and found it…in the Labyrinth of Silence. My wife Tolle and I needed – and only had time for — a relatively short break from work. I had for months been thinking about a self-guided walking vacation, packaged by one of the several companies that put these things together in countries around the world. No, that’s not the title of a Hollywood fantasy movie or video game. It’s how the locals describe the isolated Maestrazgo region of Aragon, Spain, which, unlike much of Spain, is well off the tourist grid — if the absence of any reference to it in virtually any travel guide is a fair indication. The population here is so sparse – 2.5 inhabitants per square kilometer — that, by European Union standards, the region is “deserted.” Which also made it that much more alluring, given our wish to fleetingly escape the commotion of daily workaday life in the city — without having to don backpacks and head for the wilderness.. We wanted something really different this time, and found it…in the Labyrinth of Silence.ˮ
“Maestrazgo : We very much enjoyed the hiking tour through the Maestrazgo last week. The weather was great and the landscapes were amazing . We saw birds, mammals and flowers we had not seen before. The folks we stayed with for the night and who provided us with dinner and breakfast where always very friendly and helpful. So in a nutshell, a trip we shall not forget. Thanksˮ
“I did the Labyrinth of Solitude self-guided walking tour in May and it was a wonderful experience in every respect. I had wanted to try a walking tour for some time but was looking for a more solitary, out-of-the-way experience than some of the more popular routes. The Eye is Delighted experience ended up being perfect. The routes were gorgeous and varied, and just challenging enough without being exhausting. Everyone I met, from owner Ignacio to each host, was welcoming and helpful. Everything was perfectly organized and coordinated. For the price point, this is an incredible value.ˮ