Chella

The heart of the region

The centre of Chella was formerly delineated by Calle Mayor and Calle Iglesia Vieja, where the old mosque was located and where a mural now recalls the granting of the “Town Charter” (1611). From here radiate the narrow streets of the original Moorish layout, such as Horno Viejo. In the Plaza de la Iglesia you can visit the current parish church of Virgen de Gracia (1763). It has an impressive bell tower, crowned with an eye-catching dome of glazed tiles in white and blue. The interior is decorated in soft tones, which emphasise the neo-baroque style of the main altar, the pictorial décor of the pendentives with the Four Evangelists and the dome representing the scene of Christ and his entourage of archangels, a work by the local painter Salvador Pallás. Next to the church stands the House-Palace of the Counts of Buñol (19th-20th centuries). Its interior houses decorative elements in the gothic and baroque style on the stairs and doors. La Plaza, behind the Church, provides access to La Fuente park and the Wash House. You can also continue on foot from the bell tower towards the Paseo de las Palmeras park and along Calle Nueva (19th-20th centuries), which is adorned with elegant mansions.

Beyond the park, where a popular market takes place every week, we discover Chella Calvary, along with the chapel of Christ of the Good Death, better known as the Chapel of San Nicolás. Above the altar is a niche framed in a pointed opening with the crucified Christ. On corbels and pedestals on the side walls you can see different-sized statuettes, with the one devoted to the patron saint, Nicholas of Bari, being of particular interest. From here we return towards the historic centre to head into the Moorish neighbourhood (La Peña) along Calle San Roque and passing a chapel of the same name. Stepped streets lead to the vantage points of El Río and El Salto in this upper part. The views, overlooking the countryside on one side and the town, on the other, are excellent.

The traditional cuisine includes cold meats along with typical dishes from the area and traditional sweet dishes such as the “torticas de cacauet” (peanut cakes) and “pastissets de moniato” (sweet potato pastries).

From La Fuente park there is an easy descent to El Salto. A path invites us to continue towards the river, through the remains of what was once a power station. There, we discover the “Cave That Rains” and old warehouses overrun by vegetation, such as the so-called “Paradise”. From the banks of the river the full height of the waterfall can be seen, a total height of 25 metres.

For those who love hiking, Chella has the PR-CV 113 path which connects La Fuente Negra spring (Anna) with Abrullador spring, passing through the Playa Salvaje recreational area.

More information