By Catherine McGeer •
Published: 26 Jun 2023 • 15:48
Nestled in the Jerte valley, Los Pilones is a unique bathing area.
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Spain’s geological wonders are often overlooked. From the geode of Pulpí to the Gredas de Bolnuevo, here are five geological marvels in Spain that will leave you in awe.
Region of Murcia: Gredas de Bolnuevo (Mazarrón). Located near the beach of Bolnuevo, the Gredas de Bolnuevo, also known as the Enchanted City of Bolnuevo, is a fascinating sight. Composed of yellowish sandy loams, sandstones, and micro conglomerates, these rocks have been sculpted by water and wind into shapes resembling gigantic mushrooms.
Extremadura: Los Pilones (Cabezuela del Valle, Cáceres).Nestled in the Jerte Valley, Los Pilones is a unique bathing area and geological marvel. The Garganta de los Infiernos, a granite gorge, features 13 enormous pools that have been sculpted by the flowing water, creating fantastic shapes and textures. The cascading waterfalls and natural pools offer visitors a refreshing escape during the hot summer months.
Region of Valencia: Els Arcs de Castell de Castells (Alicante).In the mountains of Alicante, the Els Arcs de Castell de Castells awaits with its colossal limestone arches. These natural arches frame a landscape that resembles an alpine paradise. The arches stand tall and majestic, offering a spectacular sight for hikers and nature lovers.
Catalonia: Congost de Mont-rebei (Lleida). Located in the Montsec massif, the Congost de Mont-rebei is a dramatic gorge carved by the Noguera Ribagorzana River. Towering walls of orange limestone rise over a thousand meters, creating a breathtaking and vertigo-inducing spectacle. Visitors can cross a narrow bridle path carved into the rock, pass over suspension bridges, and enjoy panoramic viewpoints that offer glimpses of the local wildlife
Andalusia: Giant geode from Pulpí (Almería). On the eastern edge of Almería, the giant geode from Pulpí was discovered in an old mine. This extraordinary geode is a cavern adorned with massive gypsum crystals, reminiscent of the legendary Fortress of Solitude. The sparkling crystals create a mesmerizing display of natural beauty, captivating everyone.
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I am an Irish writer who has been living in Spain for the past twenty years. My writing centers around the Costa Cálida. As a mother I also write about family life on the coast of Spain and every now and then I try to break down the world of Spanish politics!
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