Iberian System
Sierra de las Cuerdas

Iberian System

The Iberian System (Sistema Ibérico) is a chain of medium-high mountains bordering the Spanish Meseta and the Central System (Sistema Central). It has a length of 500 kilometers and a maximum width of 100 kilometers and stretches from the province of Burgos - not far from the Cantabrian Mountains (Cordillera Cantábrica) - to the Mediterranean Sea in the province of Valencia. The biggest part of the mountain range is located in the south of Aragón.

The highest peaks of the chain are in the north, in a landscape that still has remnants of the Ice Age. Here we find the mountain ranges Sierra de la Demanda, Montes de Ayago, Sierra de San Lorenzo, Picos de Urbión, Sierra Cebollera, Sierra de Neila, Sierra del Almuerzo, Sierra del Madero and Sierra del Moncayo. The highest peak is the Moncayo with 2,313 metres.

The central area of ​​the Iberian System is a low valley named Depresión Ibérica with the most distinctive part being the Fosa Calatayud-Teruel. In this low valley flow the river Turia and Jiloca and the river Jalón river that transects the area. From this river two subsystems originate, one parallel to the Meseta and one running parallel to the river Ebro.

In the area parallel to the Ebro River, northwest of the Depresión Ibérica, we encounter the following mountain ranges: Sierra de Vicort, Sierra de Algairén, Sierra de San Just, Sierra de Cucalón, Sierra de Gúdar, El Maestrazgo, Sierra de Espina, Sierra de Espadán, Macizo del Peñagolosa, Sierra del Toro and Puertos Tortosa-Beceite. The highest peak in this area is located in the Sierra de Gúdar, on the Pico de Peñarroya at 2,024 metres.

Parallel to the Meseta, southeast of the Depresión Ibérica, we find among others the mountain ranges Sierra Solorio, Sierra Ministra, Parameras de Molina, Sierra Menera, Sierra de Albarracín, Montes Universales, Sierra de Javalambre, Sierra de Martés, Macizo del Caroig, Sierra de Aledua and Sierra de Mira.

One of the mountain ranges in this system in which hikingiberia.com offers hikes, is the Serranía de Cuenca, a mountain landscape that lies in the northeast of the province of Cuenca and the south of the province of Teruel. It is not so much an area of high mountains but a chain of spectacular rock formations and reliefs, ravines and river gorges. In the area flow three important rivers: the Cuervo, the Escabas and the Júcar. It is a mountain area rich in woods and, because of the abundance of water, very green. It is an ideal landscape for vultures and raptors, and the woods are the habitat of many deer, wild boars and mouflons.

Another mountain range in this system where hikingiberia.com offers a hike, is the Sierra Calderona, a mountain range that is located in the provinces of Castellón and Valencia, in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, at about only 20 kilometers from the city of Valencia. The landscape is a rugged terrain with sandstone and limestone with mostly pine trees and cork oaks. Because it is close to the Mediterranean Sea, it gives nice views over the sea.

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Location of this Region

Province: Various
Central Town: Alcalá de Moncayo
Cubierto
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River Escabas

The hike takes us for the first part along the banks of the river Escabas, which is situated in a nice gorge, typical for the landscape of the Serranía de Cuenca. On a few places we need to cross the river through fords, which slightly complicates the hike. On the second part of the hike we climb out of the valley of the Escabas towards the charming village of Fuertescusa, from where we walk the last part back to the point of departure through an asphalt road.

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Principal Peaks

  • Moncayo (2,313 m)
  • San Lorenzo (2,262 m)
  • Pico de Urbión (2,228 m)
  • Peña Lobera (2,226 m)
  • La Mesa de Cebollera (2,163 m)
  • Cebollera (2,141 m)
  • Zorraquín (2,105 m)
  • Castillo de Vinuesa (2,083 m)
  • Tres Provincias (2,056 m)
  • Campiña (2,049 m)
  • Buey (2,034 m)
  • Peñarroya (2,028 m)
  • Javalambre (2,020 m)
  • Cabeza Herrera (2,002 m)
  • Cuervo (1,882 m)
  • La Mogorrita (1,864 m)