The remains of the Jurassic, the Muslim beauty, the sobriety of the Romanesque, the splendor of the medieval period, the life of its citizens in the 19th and 20th centuries... all this and more can be seen walking through the Villa de Alpuente.
Alpuente is located in the upper area of the La Serranía region, just over an hour from Valencia. The town of Alpuente still preserves the vestiges of its splendid past, housing remains from the Jurassic, the Bronze Age, through the Iberians, Romans and Arabs. In the 7th century it became part of Al-andalus and in the year 1031 it was declared an independent taifa. Such was its economic and political prestige that it came to mint its own currency. Alpuente was the capital of a large territory that today would be equivalent to the regions of Serranía and Rincón de Ademuz, as well as Sinarca and Arcos de las Salinas. It was conquered by the Cid in the year 1089 and in 1236 after being conquered by King James I, Alpuente continued to be a place of exceptional importance. In the years 1319 and 1383 the Cortes of the Kingdom of Valencia met there. A building of singular beauty in Alpuente in its old Aljama, which currently houses the town hall. The Arab Contracting and Government Exchange met there. In the 16th century, a magnificent town hall was attached to it. Of its majestic castle, the best preserved part is the Keep and the cisterns and kitchens, recently restored. It was built in the Muslim era and inhabited until the 19th century, being a stronghold in the Carlist Wars.
You can also enjoy, thanks to its circular routes, the inhabited villages. Baldovar, with its wine cellar and oven, Corcolilla and its sanctuary of the Patron Saint, the Virgen de la Consolación, its Moorish oven in operation, El Hontanar and its laundries and fountains, El Collado and La Torre, with its wild mountains, La Almeza and Las Canalejas, with Las Sabinas so close, Cuevarruz, its mill and its traditional architecture, Campo Arriba with its square, Campo Abajo and its stream... All this with the hospitality of its people, shows that Alpuente and its Villages are full of LIFE.
Imagining what the Earth was like millions of years ago is possible, thanks to the work carried out by paleontologists, more than 20 years ago when the first fossils were found.
All of this can be visited in the Paleontological Recovery classroom, where the remains found are recovered and studied and displayed in all their splendor in the Paleontological Museum.
The young winemaker Juanjo watches over each of the vineyards, chooses each of the grapes and works tirelessly in the production of great signature wines. He conducts some memorable tastings after visiting the winery.
Its trails through fantastic places such as Bomba or La Hoz, the sources of Cabezo, Hacha, Arquela, the mountains of Cabezo, Cerro Negro or Castillo del Poyo, abandoned villages such as Hortichuela, Cañada Seca or Benacatázara, moments of respite to enjoy nature in its purest form.
Exciting project of a group of young people, who have acquired the old Baldovar wine cooperative, to make great wines.
With a network of forest tracks, routes between villages and spectacular mountains, there are enough routes in the area to be able to bring your bicycle and not get off it.