Natural pools to explore in Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha. Enjoy the adventure of discovering areas in the midst of nature where you can take refreshing dips, stroll through places filled with greenery and take in impressive waterfalls. In this article we’ve selected a number of the most spectacular ponds, waterfalls, natural pools, rivers and lakes that you can find in Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha.
In order to enjoy your trip to the utmost, look for good dates when you can avoid the crowds. In some of these places, in the months of July and August, you may have little room to yourself. We advise you to wear pumps so you can walk over the rocks, and to avoid exposing yourself to the midday sun.
Natural pools, rivers and lakes to discover in Albacete
1. The Lagunas de Ruidera
The Lagunas de Ruidera Nature Reserve is located in the provinces of Ciudad Real and Albacete. It has 16 lagoons that form water cascades. In times of heavy rain, when the water reaches its maximum flow, they form beautiful waterfalls that cause the water to flow from one lagoon to another. The lakes are gigantic and ideal for outdoor water activities. For this reason, the park has areas set aside for activities such as kayaking, paddle surfing or diving. In addition, there are many hiking routes to enjoy while you discover all its nooks and crannies. See location.
2. The natural beach of Alcalá del Júcar (Júcar river)
In the town of Alcalá del Júcar itself, from the place where the most beautiful photos of the town are taken, there is a natural beach of crystalline waters suitable for bathing. If you want to take a dip in the Júcar River, this place is prepared for you to do so. Sandy beach, shady trees, kiosks and beach bars. In addition, Alcalá del Júcar is one of the most curious and picturesque towns in Albacete. The visit to the old town is a must for lovers of rural tourism, adventure or whoever wants to be impressed by its striking heritage. See location.
3. Natural Pools and ponds in Letur
The town of Letur in Castilla-La Mancha has numerous pools that are ideal for bathing. The most famous pools are El Charco de Las Canales and El Charco Pataco. The same day you can visit the two pools in a 10 minute route that follows the water course of the stream. Reaching these pools is very straightforward. We advise you to leave your car in the area closest to the Charco de Las Canales and then follow the route on foot to the Charco Pataco. Reaching the Charco Pataco is an adventure in the midst of nature since you have to go down a path between the rocks.
Charco de Las Canales
El Charco de Las Canales is a natural environment created by the course of the stream as it passes through the town of Letur. In addition to the pool, it’s worth strolling through the streets of the old town, contemplating its numerous springs, caves, viewing points and waterfalls The area is pedestrianised due to its preserved Moorish layout and has several tourist routes for learning about the environment and the historical site of Letur. See location.
El Charco Pataco is a natural pool of crystal-clear water hollowed out of the rock. They say that its waters, which rise a few metres away from this spot, have properties that are beneficial for health. If you continue a few metres above this spot’s initial waterfall, you’ll discover a jungle-like environment filled with lush vegetation, more pools of water and some caves. See location.
4. Natural Pools in Yeste (Tus river)
Throughout the Tus Valley you can find a host of places for taking a dip. A clear example is the Jaraiz Mill pool located on the Tus River (a tributary of the Segura) and very close to the Spa of the same name. This natural pool or pond is composed of several natural waterfalls and pools. You can gain access from the same road that borders the river. The pool is between the Spa and the crossroads in the village of Chaparral. See location.
5. Natural Pools in Ayna (Mundo river)
From the village of Ayna, by going down Santo Cristo and Mayor streets, or along the Elche de la Sierra road, we can access a tree-lined avenue that takes us to an area of the Mundo River frequented by the townsfolk in search of a dip during the summer. Very close to this spot you can visit “El rincón de la toba”, a beautiful waterfall with tuff stone walls that are over 100 metres high. Without doubt a magical natural spot, in which the water and the lush vegetation that covers the rocks combine. See location of Waterfall la Toba.
6. Natural Pools in Bogarra (Segura river)
On its way through Bogarra, the Segura River has a number of tiered ponds, surrounded by boulders and a route called “the route of the sculptures” which is ideal for walking with children. Located 3 kilometres from Bogarra, you can also find Batán de Bogarra – it has waterfalls that are 25 metres high. It’s surrounded by pine trees and abundant vegetation, and has a restaurant where you can enjoy a meal in contact with nature. Location of the route of the sculptures.
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