Navajas is situated in the inland part of the province of Castellón and it is located at 383 meters of altitude and it is set near the Palancia river. It has a population of about 714 inhabitants. Its origin is Muslim, so the streets layout is Moorish.
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This hamlet was founded by Zayd Ab Zayd, the Almohad governor of the Taifa of Valencia. In 1238 was reconquered by King Jaime I. It becames a place of second residence of the Valencian upper class since the 18th century, so you can see majestic manor houses. An example is the current Town Hall that was a ancient residential house.
One of the most important places of Navajas is La Plaza del Olmo. The Elmo Square is the main square of the town. Here, you can see a millennial Elm of great dimensions which was planted in 1636 by Roque Pastor. Around this Elmo many of the festivities of the town such as the bullfighting celebrations are celebrated.
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Navajas also has hanging houses as well as Cuenca city (Castilla la Mancha) because of its the situation, next to the Palancia river. These buildings are hanging on the cornice of the mountain.
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Manolo Rodríguez Museum is located in the Tourist Office of Navajas. Manolo Rodriguez (1937) is a sculptor who was born in this land. He studied Fine Arts of San Carlos Academy in Valencia. Its sculpture works can be seen in several parts of Spain and rest of world, which were ordered by political institutions. You can discover some of them in Segorbe, Mora de Rubielos, Vall d´Uixó, Teruel, Valencia, Buenos Aires, Dublin, or Iraq.
Another interesting place is The Arab Tower or Altomira Tower. It is a defensive construction which was built in the XI century has a cylindrical body and it is topped with crown-shaped battlements. The body of the tower consists of five floors, which are accessed by a staircase. It was declared as Site of Cultural Interest in 1985. You can find this monument 1 kilometers far for the town.
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If you like hiking, in Navajas you will be able to discover five marvelous walking trails:
Ruta de las Fuentes.
Ruta de Ojos Negros.
Ruta del Rascaña.
El Manantial de la Esperanza (The Esperanza Spring): this spring supplies the populations of Navajas, Segorbe and Altura for daily consumption and irrigation, it is located on the slopes of a mountain. In the higher part of the same one, there are the ruins of the Monastery of the Order of the Jerónimos (S. XV) and the Esperanza Hermitage is nearby.
Ruta de Altomira.
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Salto de la Novia is located on the Palancia river. It is a wonderful place where you can discover the Brazal, an impressive waterfall of 60 meters. According the legend, in the past, couples who would get married, they had to pass a love proof. The bride had to come to another shore of the river with a jump and if she passed it, it was a symbol of happiness for the future couple and it was demonstrating that she loved faithfully her groom. Nevertheless, if the jump wasn´t got, the marriage was considered to be unrealizable for thinking that this one would be unhappy, therefore many copules broke their engagement. One day a girlfriend jumped, but she fell into the river and she was caught by a whirlpool. His beloved jumped to save her, but both drowned. Nowadays, this place is very visited especially in the summer, because its crystal clear and cold waters are ideal to cool yourself off. From the El Paraíso Viewpoint (the Paradise Viewpoint), you can enjoy wonderful views of this waterfall. This viewpoint is located in the area of the Tío Juan´s Waterfall (the Uncle John´s Waterfall), it was called in honour of Juan Torres, who was major of Navajas.
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In front of the Brazal waterfall, in the Rascaña Mountain, you can find La Cueva del Reloj (the Clock Cave). At its entrance, there is a pointed rock whose shadow indicated the time to the farmers who worked their fields nearby. So this is the reason for its name.
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Navajas is a perfect destination where to spend a day out with your family or friends! It takes you about 50 minutes from Valencia and Castellón by car. Do you feel like knowing this charming land?