The Borosa River Hiking Routein the Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas, in the province of Jaén (Andalusia) is a exceptional tour which allows visitors to enjoy some of the most crystalline waters of the Sierra de Cazorla. This route is not only popular for its natural beauty, but also for the diversity of experiences it offers along the way.

A route to “walk on water”

One of the highlights of this route is the possibility of “walking on water” thanks to the wooden platforms that rise above the river. During the route, hikers can observe a rich variety of flora and faunaas well as spectacular geological formations that adorn the landscape.

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It is one of the characteristic enclaves of the Cazorla mountain range and without a doubt one of the most beautiful.  The path runs along the river between waterfalls, rocks and pools.  A dream landscape to make good friends with nature.  (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Antonio Esteban).
It is one of the characteristic enclaves of the Cazorla mountain range.

A 7.5 km route and low difficulty

The route is linear and has a length of 7.5 kilometerswith an estimated duration of 3 hours and a low difficulty, which makes it accessible to most people, according to reports from the Tourism area of ​​the Cazorla City Council.

The path is made up of tracks, paths and walkways, and is characterized by riverside vegetation, geological formations of interest and numerous pine forests. Shade is frequent along the route, and no special authorization is required to travel it. However, it is recommended to wear sun protection in summer, as well as sufficient drinking water and appropriate footwear.

This natural space is one of the most impressive in the entire Andalusian community.  Declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, its scenic beauty and biological richness join the cultural heritage that exists in the area, creating a unique environment.  In addition, it is home to numerous natural monuments such as the Cerrada de Elías, the Toba or the Anguijones caves.
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Borosa River Visitor Center

A room at the Barosa River Visitor Center.
Rooms of the Barosa River Visitor Center.

At the beginning of the route, next to the Borosa River, is the Río Borosa visitor center. This center, managed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment of the Junta de Andalucíais a reference point for visitors, offering information and guidance about the natural park.

The center has aquariums exhibiting aquatic fauna most representative of the area, and is attached to the Borosa River fish farm, today converted into a research and conservation center for native aquaculture fauna. Visitors can observe species such as common trout and crayfish from an interior viewpoint, as well as eels or comillejas.

Trailhead: Borosa River Fish Farm

The Close of Elías
The Close of Elías

The route begins at the Borosa River fish farm. Walking parallel to the river, a tributary of the Guadalquivir with cold and crystalline watershikers will be able to admire the Cradle Puddlea pool with turquoise waters where common trout and gypsy barbel swim.

Along the route, it is possible to observe a great diversity of birds, such as the kingfisher and dipper, as well as the Valverde lizard, a reptile endemic to the park. Among the riverside vegetation, twill, ash and sargatillo predominate.

Rivers, mountains, forests, waterfalls and canyons accompany you in this natural enclave that stands out for its variety of vegetation and wild fauna in which deer roam freely.  The hiking routes are very beautiful and recommended.
Rivers, mountains, forests, waterfalls and canyons accompany you in this natural enclave.

The impressive Cerrada de Elías

One of the most impressive points of the route is the Cerrada de Elías. To visit it, you must take a detour to the right that leads to a path surrounded by lush vegetation. This section is especially interesting because of the wooden walkways that are elevated above the waters of the Borosa, allowing a unique experience of immersion in nature.

In the Cerrada de Elías, hikers can observe the flytrap or flytrap, a carnivorous plant that grows on rocks oozing water. At the end of this section, there is a fountain surrounded by maidenhair, a fern typical of humid and shady areas.

Borosa River.
Borosa River.

End of the tour: the hydroelectric plant

Continuing along the path, you reach the hydroelectric power station, built in the 1930s to supply electricity to several towns in the region. The plant takes advantage of the uneven terrain to produce clean energy.

At this point, visitors can observe tuff formations and enjoy the view of cornicabras (a shrub or small tree) spectacular bearing. Although a sign indicates the end of the trail, it is advisable to continue a few more meters to contemplate these geological formations.

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