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lunes, 25 de febrero de 2013

A CURIOUS PLACE TO TAKE A WALK: "EL CAU".

 
Central zone of El Cau
 
 

     "El Cau" is placed a few kilometers from Elche (about 10 kms), in the mountains situated to the North of the city. It's an area of old and small quarries, in a semi-desert landscape. The name is a word in Valencian language that means “the burrow”, due to the presence of two small shelters used by quarries workers, excavated in the rocks. 
In El Cau two retired men recently sculpted and painted figures on the rocks, day by day, until the police forbade it. These figures haven't a great artistic value, but are interesting because most of them remember monuments, people and traditions of Elche. Others are simply a result of the imagination of the authors. To see all the sculptures, you must take a look around the central area, because some of them are slightly separated. 
Nowadays El Cau is a place where people go to take a walk, to see the figures, and enjoy with the beautiful views from the higher zones. The way to arrive to El Cau, that has an unpaved part in good condition, is also a perfect route to run or to bike. Of course, in summer it´s recommended to avoid the hottest hours of the day.


Beginning of the walking route, and place to park the car (approximate coordinates): Lat: 38°19'3.59"N Long: 0°41'37.29"O

Beginning of the walking route, and place to park the car (approximate coordinates):
Lat: 38°19'3.59"N Long: 0°41'37.29"O


Here turn on the right path
 


Welcome to El Cau

Welcome to "El Cau"


One of the shelters excavated in the rock

One of the shelters excavated in the rock














“El Cau” route.
 

This part of the road is the most important to keep the right direction

 
 
 

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