IE 001 Tour of the Monastries

The Ruta dels Monestirs - Pas del Pobre is the first equestrian tourism route approved by the Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation (RFHE). Its beginning is located in the district of Alfauir, where the Monestir de Sant Jeroni de Cotalba is located and ends at the Monestir de La Murta de Alzira.This equestrian itinerary runs along the old pilgrimage route where the historical and patrimonial importance of the five Valencian monasteries through which it runs: the Sant Jeroni de Cotalba monastery, the Corpus Christi de Llutxent convent, the Santa María de la Valldigna monastery, the Santa María d'Aigües Vives convent and the Nuestra Señora de La Murta monastery . This route connects three Valencian regions, La Safor, Vall d'Albaida, and La Ribera, where mountainous and maritime areas coexist, with seven wonderful valleys that we discover before reaching our final destination: the Monestir de la Murta and the city of Alzira Later on, the protagonist of the Route is the mountains, where irrigation is replaced by dry land. In the Vall d'Albaida the equestrian itinerary passes through Benicolet, Llutxent, with the Corpus Christi convent, and Pinet.The equestrian itinerary, after leaving the Vall d'Albaida region, returns to enter the region again de La Safor, crossing the terms of Barx, Simat de la Valldigna, where the monastery of Santa María de la Valldigna is located, and Benifairó de la Valldigna. The convent of Santa María d'Aigües Vives welcomes visitors to the region of the Ribera. After Barraca d’Aigües Vives, the city of Alzira is located. Between fields of orange trees, the end of this route is reached; the monastery of Nuestra Señora de La Murta, within the Municipal Natural Area of ​​La Murta and La Casella, where history and nature meet

We will start from one of the points of interest on our route: the Monestir de Sant Jeroni de Cotalba; We will go through Alfauir to access the municipality of Ròtova, a crossing point between the inland towns and the coast. Next, we will follow the riverbed of the Riu Vernissa and we will leave this town behind. We will take the Camí del Borró, a paved track whose route follows the meanders of the river, which leads us to the towns of Almiserà and Llocnou de Sant Jeroni.We will leave the La Safor region and arrive at the Vall d'Albaida, crossing Benicolet and the Mas de Xetà (including its well-known Equestrian Center) until reaching Llutxent, a town surrounded by the Buixcarró and Marxuquera mountains, and crossed by the Riu Pinet. In this municipality, we will find the Convent del Corpus Christi.Also in Llutxent, we will visit the Castell del Xio or Castell Vell, named in this way to differentiate it from the Palau or Castell Nou, located in the urban center of the town.After leaving Lluxent and its monuments, we will circulate in the vicinity of Pinet, a municipality delimited by the many mountains that surround it, among which the Penya Migdia, l'Alt de Carpi, the Lloma Plana and l'Alt del Castellet stand out. Afterwards, we will cross the Serra del Buixcarró and enter La Safor and, more specifically, La Valldigna. A spectacular valley that brings together four towns heirs to ancient medieval farmhouses: Barx, Tavernes, Simat and Benifairó. There we will find the Royal Monestir of Santa Maria de la Valldigna, characterized by its polychrome baroque paintings. Next, we will access Benifairó de la Valldigna, located at the foot of the Castell de Marinyén. At this point, we will connect with the Camí Vell d’Alzira, which runs between the characteristic orange groves of the Mediterranean coast, and we will arrive at the platform of the old Carcaixent-Dénia narrow gauge train. Afterwards, we will cross Portitxol to reach the Convent d'Aigües Vives. With this, we will leave the Safor and enter the Ribera to enjoy the Vall d’Aigües Vives. In this way, we will cross La Barraca d’Aigües Vives. Later, we will enter Alzira.