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ARIÑO-EL PUENTE DEL BATAN. LA SIERRA DE ARCOS (GR 262 long distance section)

Technical Data

Schedule: 2 h
Unevenness (+): 70 m
Unevenness (-): 150 m

Distance: 7,6 km
Type of road: Trail-path
Severity of the medium: 1

Orientation in the itinerary: 2
Difficulty: 2
Necessary effort: 2

Route description

The GR 262, starting from the town of Ariño in the direction of Albalate, runs along the slopes of the Sierra de Arcos, where the town is also located. After crossing the bridge over the Martín River, take a path on the left bank of the Martín River, which takes advantage of an old underground water channel of which you can see the water supply sheds. The trail advances downstream on the road between Ariño and Albalate and crosses the asphalt before reaching the Los Baños spring. This spring was recovered by creating a recreational area and ponds that allow bathing.

On the right shoulder of the road, the trail bypasses the turnoff to the Los Baños springs (two minutes from the turnoff) and crosses the Martín through a ford to climb to a viewpoint where an interpretive table describes the springs and the historical and geological aspects of the environment. The trail goes around the hill and comes out to the meadow of the Ariño spa. It crosses the spa area and continues progressing down the valley towards an old mini-power station and suspension bridge, which gives access to the road that leads to the recreational area La Casilla with barbecue included (5 minutes) and the Sanctuary of the Virgen de Arcos (20 minutes).

The GR continues under the suspension bridge, where we will cross an area with picnic tables to take a narrow path that ascends to the medieval tombs of the Sierra de Arcos (in front of the Sanctuary). Here the trail joins a track or farm road at the foot of the Sierra de Arcos. We will pass through an area of houses and chalets and the old Batán building (houses of the bataneros) where the water channel that supplies the Rivera hydroelectric plant located in Estrechos (next stage of the GR) begins, to end up linking with the bridge of the A-1401 road known as Puente del Batán (Batán Bridge).

Route map

Route profile

Respect the Park during your visit

Recommendations and standards

Through any of the marked routes in the Park you will be able to enter places of great ecological and scenic value, but also, this territory treasures an important set of cave paintings protected by law and declared a World Heritage Site.

Remember that we all have the right to enjoy the environment and also the duty to preserve it.

The shelters with cave paintings and some archaeological sites have protective fences. Authorized guides are required for the visit. Contact telephone numbers are available at the Town Halls, Tourist Offices and Interpretation Centers in the different towns that make up the Cultural Park.

Helps in the conservation of cave paintings. Do not touch them or pour water on them and respect the protective fences. Remember that they are a unique, but very fragile legacy, and we must preserve them if we want to continue enjoying them in the same environment in which they were painted thousands of years ago.

Archaeological and/or paleontological prospecting and excavation without the appropriate permits is strictly prohibited, according to Law 3/1999 of Aragonese Cultural Heritage. It collaborates in the preservation of the rich historical, cultural and ethnographic heritage of the Park.

Keep the environment clean. Do not litter or throw garbage.

Remember that it is forbidden to light fires, as well as to throw cigarette butts, glass and other objects that could cause a fire.

Respect nature. Do not uproot plants, do not foul the waters and do not capture or disturb animals and birds. Many of them have their nesting areas in these places.

If you are going to walk any of the hiking trails, wear comfortable sports shoes (sneakers or boots). Although the itineraries are very accessible, with proper footwear you will walk more safely, avoiding falls and sprains.

Keep in mind that you are moving in a natural area and, although the routes are prepared, do not forget to take some precautions. Do not leave the marked itinerary and be careful when passing through rocky and watery areas, especially if you are with children.

Routes of the Martín River Cultural Park

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