Rich natural heritage
Navarrés is a municipality with a rich cultural and natural heritage that invites visitors to enjoy a great inland experience.
The historic centre spreads along narrow Moorish streets. Plaza de la Iglesia is a spacious urban square overlooked by the baroque Church of the Assumption of Our Lady (18th century). Its 20th-century bell tower has a clock at the top and a beautiful coloured dome of “trencadís” mosaic. Other interesting elements include the frescoes and sculptural motifs with rocaille decoration that adorn the interior of the church and the baroque tabernacle chapel. The Parish Museum is also worth a visit with its considerable collection of sacred art (statuary, paintings, etc.) and metalwork from the 17th to 20th centuries.
Next to the church, is the Plaza de los Regantes, where local farmers established the irrigation schedules for their rich vegetable plots. The adjacent streets, Calle Mayor and Plaza del Bario, which is adorned by the 16th-century Fuente de la Marquesa fountain, also known as the fountain of the 24 spouts, have examples of traditional Mediterranean architecture. In the upper part of the historic centre, a white Calvary with steps invites us to ascend to the 18th-century Chapel of Cristo de la Salud (Christ of Health) with its neoclassical altar, which was extended in 1928. In the surrounding area we can find a series of “cave homes”, where rural people lived between the 18th and 20th centuries. There is a beautiful view from the Chapel’s park and vantage point. Navarrés also has important historical heritage such as 12th-century Navarrés Castle, an old Moorish fortress, the “El Garrofero Rock Shelter” with examples of Levantine Cave Art, given World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1998 and the “Ereta del Pedregal” Neolithic settlement.
Navarrés celebrates the festival of St. Anthony (17 January), when horses drag branches and tree trunks into the town to build a bonfire and “torrá” (barbecued meat and sausages) are eaten. The patron saint, Saint Gregory (12 March), is honoured with what is known as the “meal of the poor” with baked rice cooked in a casserole dish. The Cultural and Sporting Week in August has activities for all tastes. The patron saint festivals (from 8 to 12 October) are in honour of Christ of Health and Our Lady of the Remedy. In November a unique tradition is “La Hora del Quijal” on All Saints’ Day when children go through the streets and are given sweets and nuts.
In order to get your energy back, Navarrés has delicious typical cuisine with a variety of dishes such as gazpachos (tomato-based stew), mojete arriero (a type of stew), baked rice and carne de jarrón (fried meat and sausages served in an earthenware dish); the dishes are prepared using extra virgin olive oil produced in traditional oil presses. The local baked goods include “turrón de rosas” (turrón nougat with popcorn) and “Orilletas” (a type of pastry).
The natural heritage of Navarrés is characterised by its countryside with many lakes and waterfalls. Playamonte lake is classed as a continental beach and is a recreational area formed by several watersources and springs, it has services such as rural accommodation, a bar and a children’s park. At Escalona Reservoir there is a jetty for those wishing to practice water sports. The “Los Chorradores” Municipal Nature Park invites us to delve into a magical landscape of limestone shaped by water. A route along a path carved into the rock takes us to the Fuente Clara spring and an impressive waterfall, “El Chorrador”, or to the Fuente de la Higuera recreational area passing through the area around the Azud de la Badina Migas weir and the double waterfall known as “Los Chorradores”.