IA implementer: EFI
Local stakeholders : Comarca Gúdar-Javalambre
Innovation Action progress
April 1st 2017 – Local workshop “Guardianes del Territorio. Innovación social en el medio rural”
The southernmost county of Aragon is considered on of the hotspots of biodiversity in the Mediterranean but is simultaneously one of the most depopulated areas in Spain. The Gúdar and Javalambre sierras are two mountain massifs crowned by the Peñarroya and Javalambre peaks (over 2.020 m) that are home to autochthonous species of fauna and flora. With 8,328 inhabitants in its 2,352 km2, it belongs to the so-called “triangle of desert”. Yet, it holds the hub for the black truffle production and trade, given its continental climate and predominantly calcareous soil. Its landscape covers a mosaic of pine and evergreen oak forests, agroforestry, cereal crops and pastures.
Tourism mainly comes from the nearby region of Valencia, being in summer for rural holidays, being in winter for the two ski resorts. This region has a multitude of springs, forests and valleys offering activities such as the cycling roads of Ojos Negros and the Cid Campeador, hiking trails or adventure sports (via ferrata, climbing). Manzanera and Camarena have thermal waters and the region abounds in deep-rooted traditions, including pilgrimages to shrines, folk dances and bull festivals. The region of Gúdar Javalambre is particularly famous for its Teruel ham and its veal and pork.
Among its painteresque municipalities, Mora de Rubielos and Rubielos de Mora excel for its architectural patrimony including castles and festival. It is worth visiting also the defence fortifications erected during the Spanish Civil War in Sarrión, before settling down for the night and enjoy its beautiful star-sprinkled sky.