Paraje natural El Estrecho. Aguilar del Alfambra
The natural spot of the “Estrecho” is about two kilometres from the village, along the dusty path that runs parallel between the Cerro and the Cuadron until you reach the palanca, the name given to the bridge built to cross the river and take the path to the sierra or pine forest.
From this bridge onwards, a riverside forest made up mainly of hundred-year-old poplar trees will make the path more pleasant until you reach the area around the mill, the Virgen de la Peña hermitage, located at the top of the hill, and the rock formation known as the Estrecho, which will prevent you from following the path.
The height of the rocky walls, the ruins of the mill, the centenary poplars, the crystalline waters of the river Alfambra, all crowned by the imposing silhouette of the Virgen de la Peña at the top, form a place of singular beauty worthy of a visit at any time of the year.
The river runs between the rocky massifs until it emerges some 200 metres downstream in one of the most impressive gorges of the province of Teruel, where it is easy to observe griffon vultures, golden eagles, mountain goats, etc…
It is possible to swim across the strait, offering a medium difficulty. The best time of the year is naturally in summer, the whole route is made up of pools that change shape and size due to the dragging of sediment and the amount of water carried by the river. It is common to find water currents at a different temperature to the ambient temperature, which will make us feel strange sensations.