The Los Serranos region, in the province of Valencia, is home to a charming town with intact traditions, river landscapes and great architectural beauty. The town of Chelvawhich transports us to the Middle Ages with a walk through its narrow streets, is divided into four well-differentiated neighborhoods, among which its beautiful Andalusian neighborhood of whitewashed houses stands out.

In addition to getting to know every corner of the town, it is worth it get into nature that surrounds her. A good option for this is Chelva Water Routewhich leads us through hidden tunnels and waterfalls.

Bridge with cave in Bolbaite

Transport yourself to a movie location with this Valencia town: caves, bridges and a stunning waterfall

Chelva and its historic neighborhoods

The town of Chelva was an authentic crossroads of cultures. Until the 17th century, they lived here Jews, Muslims and Christians, whose traces can still be seen today. In fact, in the town we can walk through four different neighborhoods where the members of these religions lived.

Streets of Chelva.
Streets of the Muslim neighborhood of Chelva.

He Benacacira neighborhood “It is the old Muslim medina from the 11th and 12th centuries, preserving today the intact layout of its urban layout,” explains Chelva Tourism. Its beautiful whitewashed houses, dead-end alleys and arcades invite us to get lost in this labyrinth of Andalusian air.

On the other hand, there is the Azoque Jewish neighborhood, where the structure of the medieval aljama still survives intact. He Christian neighborhood of Ollerías It developed throughout the 14th century with a more organized and extensive structure than the previous ones. This owes its name to the ceramic production kilns that were installed in its streets. Finally, there is the Mudejar-Moorish neighborhood Arrabal, created from the 14th century on the outskirts of the walled town. In this case it also preserves the original layout, as well as historical elements such as the Azoque portal, its entrance door.

Town of Chelva.
Town of Chelva.

What to see in the town

In addition to strolling through its historic neighborhoods, visitors will be able to discover a large number of buildings and monuments of enormous value in Chelva. The archpriest church Our Lady of the Angels “It is considered one of the best works of Valencian baroque,” they point out. This religious temple began to be built in 1626 and its works lasted for 80 years. Its façade stands out mannerist style, the interior baroque decoration, the large dome and the bell tower almost 60 meters high.

Other points of interest are the Viscountal Palace, which dates back to the end of the 14th century and is where the Viscount of Chelva resided; the hermitages of Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados and Nuestra Señora de la Soledad, and the Village Councilthe Renaissance-style building that housed the town’s first town hall.

Streets in Chelva.
Streets in Chelva.

The Water Route

The nature that surrounds Chelva is part of its enormous attraction, in fact one of the most popular tourist activities in the town is Water Route, a route that starts from the town and takes us through beautiful river landscapes. This circular itinerary has approximately two hours long and it is perfect to do with the family.

Pigeon Cave.

A unique place in Valencia: natural pools, a cave behind a waterfall and camping areas

Along this route we find the Molino Puerto recreational area, where you can rest in a picnic area and children’s games; the Olinches tunnel, dug into the mountain; the area ofto Playeta and its waterfallsand stone bridges that cross the river.

How to get to Chelva

He car ride from the city of Valencia to Chelva is approximately 1 hour on the CV-35.

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