Ten of the most beautiful water routes in Spain to do in spring


1. Nervión waterfall, Burgos and Álava

View of the Salto del Nervión from Mount Santiago, in Burgos – Iosu Onandia

The highest waterfall in the Iberian Peninsula is created by a young river Nervión when it begins its journey in Sierra Salvada. Thus it leaves its underground path through the calcareous rocks, from the Burgos slopes of Mount Santiago, creating a spectacular drop of 222 meters. To approach it, you can walk from the Ayala Valley, in Álava, ascending through the colorful canyon of the Délica River to its deepest and rocky area at the very base of the waterfall. From the Burgos slope, a circular route through the natural monument of Mount Santiago runs under the flight of birds of prey and with vertigo viewpoints such as Rubén and the Salto del Nervión on the cut from which the waterfall emerges in a spectacular landscape of rock and water.

2. Chorrera de Despeñalagua, Guadalajara

Chorrera of Despeñalagua
Chorrera of Despeñalagua – José Ibáñez / CC

Rain and snow water trapped by the Ocejón peak (2,049 m), in the Ayllón mountain range, descends down the slope through streams and fountains with a roar in the two arms of the Despeñalagua waterfall or chorrera. To reach it, you have to start a 4-kilometer trail from Valverde de los Arroyos. From the soccer field you can already see the waterfall in the distance towards which we are heading along the Cacerón road, which distributes the water to irrigate, until its joyous noise. To admire the waterfall from its highest point, once you have crossed an area of ​​chestnut trees and an esplanade, to the right, you take the path to El Hervidero showing an impressive perspective on the waterfall.

3. Los Tilos waterfall, La Palma

Los Tilos waterfall
Los Tilos waterfall – Olisacu

Entering the Tilos forest, in the northeast of the island, is like sneaking into the jungle. The green vegetation of the laurel forest fed by the abundance of water that runs through the ravine makes up one of the most spectacular corners of the Canarian geography. From the Visitor Center, the waterfall is hardly a family walk. It is also an aperitif to get to know the Las Nieves Natural Park through escorted routes of arborescent ferns, such as the one that leads to the Marcos and Cordero Springs. Before leaving, you have to cross the vertiginous passage of the ravine thanks to the Los Tilos bridge and go to the monument of El Enamorado to learn about the legend at the edge of the sea where a young man was able to die in the depths of the canyon for love.

4. Foz de Ugarrón, Navarra

Image of the Foz de Lumbier
Image of the Foz de Lumbier – Josep Maria Viñolas Esteva / CC

After entering Murillo-Berroya, you will arrive at the Benarroya hamlet with its church of San Andrés on a hillock that offers a magnificent view of the gorge, more unknown than the famous Lumbier gorge, located just over 10 km away. The Areta river, a tributary of the Irati, leads us to a quiet and hidden passage of water in the Romanzado valley. A 12-kilometer trail that goes back and forth requires about three hours. Around, gall oaks, holm oaks and riverside forest, along with the gurgling of the river flowing through the gorge. Sometimes under the flight of the booted eagle, others suspended from the rock with panoramic views and others at the level of the bank of the river frequented by the otter. A magnificent trace remains of the prehistoric human presence in the canyon in the Ugarrón dolmen, which is accessed from the town of Ozkoidi, located on a hill on the other side of the gorge.

5. Laguna del Acebuche, Huelva

Acebuche Lagoon
Acebuche Lagoon – José Luis Filpo Cabin / CC

In the heart of the Doñana National Park, the Acebuche lagoon is an environment that concentrates all the attention due to the large influx of fauna that awakens during the spring. Although it has a bird star that inhabits it all year round, such as the swamphen, which we will distinguish by its bluish plumage and long red legs. To get to the lagoon, you have to access the Visitor Center and follow a 2-kilometer path between pine trees and poplars with junipers and wild olive trees from the Mediterranean scrub and aromas of rosemary, thyme and jagz, where old traditional crafts such as charcoal are also exhibited. The lagoon observatories reproduce the old chickadee huts and are a perfect hiding place to observe the numerous birds that frequent it without disturbing them.

6. Churrón de Borleña waterfall, Cantabria

Route to Churron de Borleña
Route to Churron de Borleña – Fermin Garcia

Following a river path like the one that leads to Churrón de Borleña, in the Toranzo valley, is to fully enjoy the water. This 2.8-kilometer family route leaves the town of Borleña and leads to one of the most striking waterfalls in the Cantabrian geography. They are barely 20 meters high but, in spring, distributed among numerous streams of water sliding over a large rock of calcareous tuff, falling into a pool surrounded by the green landscape of ash trees, alders, hazelnuts and oaks, it is spectacular. On the way back along the same path, the route is extended approaching the Piedrona de Villegar, as this solar clock of Celtic origin is known, from where you can take in a beautiful panoramic view of the valley.

7. Laguna del Tobar, Cuenca

Reed beds in the Laguna del Tobar
Reed beds in Laguna del Tobar – Mabelcalabuig // CC

In fact, there are two lagoons -Great and Small- that have become a popular destination located just one kilometer from the town of El Tobar, in the vicinity of Beteta. Its waters – 20 meters deep – are saltier than in the sea, due to the dissolution of the rock on which they settle. The capricious rocky forms eroded by the water and the wind that surround the Grande lagoon invite you to walk its 5-kilometer perimeter, which also runs next to the Pequena lagoon, surrounded by vegetation. During the summer it is also a popular area because it is suitable for swimming.

8. Mu Gorge, Lleida

Congost del Mu
Mu Gorge – PMRMaeyaert

A route along the Segre river that promises adventure very close to the water as soon as it starts, next to the Camarasa dam hydroelectric power station. In spring, nourished by the thaw, it is thunderous by the amount of water it drops. Attention is quickly diverted to the metal walkways suspended from the rock above the water where the path begins, which stretches 13 kilometers round trip. The next step leads to crossing a wooden suspension bridge over the river to continue towards Alòs de Balaguer, ascending, with magnificent views of the gorge.

9. Birth of the Duero, Soria

Source of the Duero
Source of the Duero – Víctor Salvador Vilariño / CC

Reaching the sources of the Duero River, at the Urbión peak, entails knowing one of the most legendary Soria landscapes such as the Black Lagoon, where Antonio Machado traveled to write ‘La tierra de Alvargonzález’. From Vinuesa, the car park 2 km from the lagoon is the beginning of the itinerary on the banks of the river until we reach our first goal. After admiring its dark waters surrounded by pine trees, traversing its perimeter, the path ascends next to a narrow channel with a waterfall that, upon completion, offers an elevated view of the lagoon before continuing through meadows over ancient glacier basins. And at the end, the goal, the 2,228 meters from the summit of Urbión where in the Fuente del Duero the path of the river that will die in Porto begins.

10. Laguna Morella, Menorca

To the north of the island, the coastal lagoon of Morella is a favorite destination for bird watching lovers. Considered among the unspoiled corners of the Balearic Islands, it is part of the S’Albufera des Grau natural park, the most extensive and striking natural area on the island. Located behind the quiet Tortuga cove, it is a refuge for aquatic birds and the osprey flies over it. To get there, you must follow a section of the Camí de Cavalls (GR-223), in its stage between Es Grau and Cape Favàritx, from Son Camami-la. After seeing the lagoon and its winged visitors, it is convenient to go to the Faváritx lighthouse. Its black cliffs and ashen shearwaters on the sea add a magnificent maritime touch.

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