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Cantalobos Route. La Piedra Seca. (Local Trail)

Technical Data

Schedule: 2 h
Unevenness (+): 90 m
Unevenness (-): 55 m

Distance: 7,78 km
Type of road: Circular, from car park
Severity of the medium: 1

Orientation in the itinerary: 2
Difficulty: 1
Necessary effort: 1

Download tracks Road - parking

Download tracks Parking - parking

Route description

On the northern flank of the town of Montalbán there is a track in good condition that leads to the area of Cantalobos, an interesting area of great ethnological value. There we will find a high density of constructions made with the dry stone technique. Most of them are huts used as dwellings by the shepherds who came to the area with their flocks. Farmers and reapers also spent the hard harvest season in these places, together with their families, using these huts for lodging.

All these constructions were recovered and restored with a project led by the City Council of Montalbán with the collaboration of the Cultural Park of the Martín River, through an employment workshop within the European program Culture 2000 “Parcours de pierres” that allowed the preservation and conservation of this space whose technique or art of construction in dry stone was declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2018.

We can approach by car to the place, where there is an esplanade enabled as a parking lot, also with access from the crta. A-222 (between Montalbán and La Hoz de la Vieja) and make a circular walk, without difficulties, in about two hours.

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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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