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Tíscar Fault, Quesada

Falla de Tíscar

In the municipality of Quesada, in the province of Jaén, there are so many attractions hidden away in the district of Tíscar that a visit is essential when passing through the area. Located in the Upper Guadalquivir region and very near the source of what they call the 'Río Grande', Tíscar features a number of attractions for geotourism.

The towers of the Atalaya del Infante Don Enrique and of the Peñas Negras Castle, ancient Moorish fortresses built on a spectacular and steep rocky escarpment, protect the Cueva del Agua, a natural monument where stone, water, legend and religion combine to create an idyllic area.  

In this natural grotto created by limestone formations, the waters of the Tíscar River merge with the rocks of the Monte del Caballo. According to local belief, this was where the Virgin of Tíscar appeared to help the Christians who were fighting to conquer the stronghold, which was an important strategic point during the Middle Ages. Today, the sanctuary built in honour of the patron saint of the mountains has become a place of pilgrimage for many devotees. 

For years, the Local Council of the town took advantage of the magnificent acoustics and beauty of the place to organise competitions and concerts, especially during the summer months. 

If you follow the course of the river, just 300 metres downstream, visitors will find an idyllic attraction: the Pilón Azul. This wonderful waterfall gets its name from the colour and purity of the waters. Flora and fauna in Cazorla can be seen here in all its splendour. 

This includes the Falla de Tíscar, a vertical tectonic feature that borders the Sierra de Quesada to the east and with an enormous fracture that can be seen all along the road leading from the municipality to the neighbouring town of Pozo Alcón: a beautiful contrasting landscape.

Tíscar Fault, Quesada