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The Medieval Towers of Alcaine (Pequeño Recorrido PR-TE 98)

Technical Data

Schedule: 2 h
Unevenness (+): 25 m
Unevenness (-): 25 m

Distance: 880 m
Type of road: Steep and rugged terrain
Severity of the medium: 2

Orientation in the itinerary: 2
Difficulty: 3
Necessary effort: 3

Route description

A total of 11 towers turned Alcaine into a fortress difficult to overcome in the agitated times of the Middle Ages. Its construction is attributed to the Muslims, back in the 11th century, although they ended up in Christian hands during the Reconquest. Also the name of Alcaine and some geographic accident as the head of Benicozar, have the same Arab origin.

Today the towers are deteriorated and two of them have been adapted for pigeon lofts. Of the old Muslim castle or fortress, only the remains of its watchtowers and ground plan remain, but despite this, the tour shows us the defensive importance of the whole complex, while enjoying spectacular views of the town and its natural passages, and the impressive set of angular folds along the Martín river.

The route through the northern sector starts at the church square and continues to the old washing places. In the middle of the walk we will find an information table about the defensive complex (viewpoint of the towers) and the orography of the environment. A short fork leads to the Solana point, a rocky outcrop with views over the angular folds (point of geological interest) and the cave of the Shearers, used as a storehouse of provisions in times of conflict and for livestock work.

The route through the southern sector can be started next to the old “Nevera” to ascend to the cliffs that delimit the town in its southern sector. From these cuts we can see the stretch of the Martín river through the Cañada de Marco and the Benicozar mountain. The trail ends at the same road, where it can also be started.

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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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