Cascada de la Cimbarra

Cascada de la Cimbarra Type: Nature site Province: Jaén Municipality: Aldeaquemada
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A few kilometres from the town of Aldeaquemada between the province of Jaén and Ciudad Real, the Cascada de la Cimbarra Natural Site offers a beautiful place carved into a spectacularly steep relief, where the Guarrizas River follows its course with a series of waterfalls The most beautiful and spectacular one is La Cimbarra, which is what the locals call these waterfalls.

There is an exposed vertical face, formed by rocky strata that are very resistant to erosion. This rock is called armorican quartzite and can also be seen in other places of the natural reserve and the surrounding area, such as in the Despeñaperros Nature Park or the Natural Monument of Órganos. Sometimes remains of fossils can be found on these rocks, or spectacular ripple marks caused by waves. These prints prove that these rocks had a sea origin, 500 million years ago.

Other waterfalls that are well-known for their beauty are the Cimbarrillo waterfalls, in the Martín Pérez stream, and the María Antonia waterfall, in the Cimbarrilla stream.

As well as the waterfalls, this nature reserve has a wide variety of vegetation. There are abundant small holm oak and cork oak copses with thick Mediterranean scrubland and an interesting riverbank forest near the water channels. The reforestation with stone pines and black pines, and the thick woods on the riverbanks give the area a pleasant aroma. Rustyback ferns grow in the cracks of the ravines. This type of fern gets its name from the colour of the inside of its leaves.

Thanks to the variety of landscapes, there are interesting animals – predators such as the fox or genet, birds such as the golden eagle, Bonelli's eagle, or eagle owl, and otters which live in the rivers. Due to the significant interest of its birds, the area has been declared a Special Bird Protection Area.

This protected area also stands out because of its valuable cultural heritage, which consists of a score of important pieces of prehistoric evidence. Some interesting examples are Tabla de Pochico, on the Cimbarra Hill, or Monuera and Desesperada. Here many priceless examples of prehistoric art have been found. For this reason, these sites have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

General information

Extension: 535 hectares Date of declaration: 28/07/1989 Environmental units:Sierra Morena Continental mountain Routes:Jaén by the TransAndalus

What to do

Sports:Mountain biking, Hiking

Interest Points

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    El Mirador del Desfiladero ofrece observar los atractivos del paraje, de un alto valor geológico. Los bloques de piedra donde se encaja la bella cascada son cuarcitas, unas rocas extremadamente duras y resistentes a la erosión. Tienen su origen en el metamorfismo que sufrieron las areniscas depositadas hace cientos de millones de años en ambientes marinos poco profundos, algunas incluso conservan las rizaduras por la acción de las olas.

    En frente del mirador, la acción del río formó terrazas o cornisas de piedras, cuyos farallones sirvieron de abrigo a los primeros pobladores de estas sierras, según los testimonios sobre su vida y espiritualidad dejados en abundantes pinturas rupestres.

    Municipality:Aldeaquemada
    Province:Jaén
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    El Mirador de la Cimbarra, desde una pequeña meseta con vistas a la cascada, deleita con las espectaculares vistas de este salto de agua. El paisaje, los olores de las jaras y la monumentalidad geológica que se perciben desde el mirador están acompañados en todo momento del rugido envolvente generado por la violencia de las aguas del río Guarrizas al caer.

    Municipality:Aldeaquemada
    Province:Jaén
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    El Molino harinero de la Cimbarra, a medio camino entre la meseta superior y el fondo de la cascada, muestra sus románticas ruinas en un bello paisaje. A través de un canal, entre natural y mudado por la mano del hombre, el molino de dos piedras recibía las aguas de la parte superior de La Cimbarra.

    Municipality:Aldeaquemada
    Province:Jaén
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    Interesantes ejemplos del Arte rupestre que rodea La Cimbarra son la Tabla de Pochico, en el cerro de la Cimbarra o los de Monuera y Desesperada. En ellos, se han encontrado valiosísimas muestras de arte rupestre, que han motivado la declaración de estos yacimientos como Patrimonio Histórico de la Humanidad por la UNESCO.

    Municipality:Aldeaquemada
    Province:Jaén

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Guide to paths and sites of interest in the Cascada de La CimbarraNatural Site.

Services and Infrastructures

MiradorGuía Intérprete

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Location

Municipality:Aldeaquemada
Province:Jaén

Trails

  • El sendero La Cimbarra desciende hasta la parte baja de la falla permitiendo otra espectacular visión de la cascada. Sus paredes cuarcíticas albergan importantes masas de vegetación y zonas de nidificación para multitud de rapaces. Como colofón, también se puede contemplar excelentes conjuntos de pinturas rupestres y las ruinas de un viejo molino harinero en desuso.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1200 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: media

    how to arrive

    Desde el pueblo de Aldeaquemada, se toma el camino hacia La Cimbarra. Sobre el camino y en la margen izquierda del río aparece una zona de parking donde arranca el sendero.

  • El sendero de Arroyo Martín Pérez arranca del área recreatica del paraje y discurre por un bello y encajado bosque de ribera que lleva a otra cascada, más pequeña pero no menos bella, el Cimbarrillo. Destaca la presencia de espectaculares formas geológicas.

    Trayecto: lineal.

    Para descargar folleto, pulse aquí.

    Trail Information

    Lenght: 1200 meters Duration: 0.3 hours Difficulty: baja

    how to arrive

    Desde el pueblo de Aldeaquemada, se toma el camino hacia La Cimbarra, y pasada ésta, se desciende hasta el área recreativa.

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