Hiking And Lukewarm Springs In Montanejos, Spain

Montanejos is a well known crag and tourist attraction in southern Spain. If you're looking for a definitive climbing guide to Montanejos, you can stop reading now. I only have some general information to share, since we didn't climb anything there. Instead, we hiked around the hills and took a few dips in the not-so-hot springs. Despite all the tourists, Montanejos is a nice place to spend a few days just relaxing and resting your joints. The squirming road leading to and going through the village seems to be popular among cyclists as well.

Montanejos is a small village located midst beautiful forest and hills just a few hours' drive from Valencia.
When you type 'Montanejos' on Google, most of the search results advertise the hot springs northside of the village. 
The clear watered springs are indeed worth visiting, even though I wouldn't describe the water temperature as hot. It's closer to lukewarm, but of course hot sounds more luring and attracts more tourists. The so called spring is actually a storybook-like canyon which opens up as a well maintained beach with water just deep enough to swim in. The water gets deeper as you work your way into the narrow canyon, which has a kind of magical atmosphere with all the clear water and small fish.

Fuente de los Baños

In case you end up in Montanejos, hiking is another thing you should do.
There are several well marked hiking trails criss crossing in the lush nature around the village. 
A map of them with all the necessary information can be downloaded from the site Visit Montanejos. You can scramble through most of the routes in 2-3 hours, which is perfect for getting a bit sweaty without being too exhausted to do anything else. If getting in shape is your goal, try running in the varying terrain. Don't expect any breathtakingly scenic views, though. There are some more exposed stretches, but unfortunately most of the time trees are blocking the view.

Especially the route La Bojera is an enjoyable hike through the silent forest. The trail goes first uphill, passing the Cova Negra or Black Cave.
Cova Negra is a grim looking hollow with very steep and undoubtedly hard climbing. 
After passing Cova Negra, you'll find yourself walking up and down a narrow path that eventually leads to one of the more exposed viewpoints. From there you can see a humongous gorge with many vertical walls and large caves. I believe that's where most of the climbing is in this area. There should even be some multi-pitch climbing in Montanejos. We didn't have a guidebook with us, so we just kept on going a few more kilometers back to the village.

Cova Negra. Pay attention to the quickdraws hanging from the ceiling!

View from La Bojera

Want to go climbing, but don't have a guidebook? There's a copy at the refugio, which you can take photos of. Refugio Alberque is located just a few hundred meters towards the village from the big parking lot at the warmish Fuente de los Baños. They don't have any guidebooks for sale, but I guess a common one is better than nothing. If you have any information on where to buy a guidebook for Montanejos (other than online), please post it on the comment box below.

Oh, and when you leave Montanejos, here's what you should do: fill up your water canisters at Fuente de la Cerrada and start driving towards your next destination avoiding the road CV-20 to north. Fuente de la Cerrada is located near Fuente de los Baños and has a very easy access. Find the road leading to Sucaina and look to your right just after passing the bridge. You'll find the fuente there. We didn't drink the water, but for cooking it seems to be ok. Some locals were taking water from it as well, which is always a good sign of at least near-drinkable water.

CV-20 is in somewhat miserable condition.

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