Casas del Río, a lovely village with a waterwheel.

Hello traveller!

Casas del Río is a village that belongs to Requena, in the province of Valencia. It takes you to arrive from Valencia about 1 hour and 15 minutes by car.

 

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This small town has a Moorish orign (15th century) and it is in The Hoces del Cabriel Natural Park. It is perfect destination to spend a weekend in summer because the Cabriel river goes a part of the land beside this village. Here you could enjoy swimming in crystal clear and cold water, and sunbathing surrounded by nature. I recommend you to bathe in the river to wear suitable footwear (river sandals, sport sandals or water shoes) due to in the river bottom there are stones, pebbles and rocks.

 

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The most weel-known is the waterwheel which was made in 18th century and was repaired from 1991 to 2001. It is the only waterwheel that you can see in all the Region of Valencia and it pulls out 1,500 litres per minute to irrigate fields. In addition, near there is a sculpture which is named Tótem Solidario II by Emilio Gallego. This artist is a Valencian sculptor and his work is famous in Requena-Utiel region.

 

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Also, you could practise hiking and cycling due to there are different routes which have various levels of difficulty, so it is destinated to experts as well as beginners. During the tour, maybe you can come across with weasels, badgers, squirrels, Iberian ibex,…

 

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If you are interested in heritage, you could visit San Antonio de Padua Church which was made in 18th century. Here you will see Barroque sculptures such as Virgen de la Asunción or Cristo del Sagrado Corazón. The patronal feast is celebrated from 1st to 15th August, in honour of Virgen de la Asunción. During two weeks the Festival Committe organizes different festivities, for example popular dinners, street parties and many activities for children.

 

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The last day, after the Mass at midday the breads are blessed by a priest, and are auctioned. These breads were made by the citizens. In afternoon the images of San Antonio de Padua and Virgen de la Asunción are taken out in processions.

 

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Would you like to discover Casas del Río? It is worth visiting!

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