The banks of the Jiloca River
Comarca del Jiloca is vertebrated by the river that gives its name and flows through it and through several districts such as Villafranca del Campo, Monreal del Campo, Torrijo del Campo, Caminreal, Fuentes Claras, El Poyo del Cid, Calamocha, Luco de Jiloca, Burbáguena, Báguena y San Martín del Río.
These riverside localities constitute an interesting and very touristic water route.
It cannot be ignored that the Jiloca Valley has been from ancient times a communication channel between the Plateau, the Ebro Valley and Levante. There is an evidence of the numerous bridges over the course of the river, some of them from the Roman period like the ones in Luco de Jiloca or in Calamocha.
It is worth remembering that the Cid crossed through this route on his way to Valencia. Also, in the Jiloca Valley the Christians carried out their expansion towards the South, leaving as testimony the Mudejar Art.
The Jiloca River is 127,380 kilometres long. It originates in Cella and reaches an important volume of flow in the “Ojos” of Monreal del Campo. Its main affluent is the Pancrudo River, in addition to several ramblas of irregular contribution.
The Jiloca River is one of the most singular rivers in Aragon. Great part of its flow has a subterranean origin, an example of that are the numerous “Ojos del Jiloca”, located on the flats of Monreal del Campo, Caminreal and Fuentes Claras.
The riverside vegetation is composed mainly by trees like black poplars.
These trees, most of them are centenary, the “chopo cabecero” is a basic element of the landscape in Comarca del Jiloca, being an element of natural and cultural identity.
It is also characteristic the landscapes of cherry and almond trees between the localities of Luco and San Martín del Río that you can enjoy during the Spring season.