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The Júcar gorge: Spain’s very own grand canyon | Travel


The young woman in Alcalá del Júcar’s tourist office seems surprised when we say we have come from England. “How did you find us?” she asks. “Nobody knows about this place.” Nobody, she means, except the Spanish, and even for them, Alcalá is far from famous.

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In La Manchuela, in central Spain, Alcalá is one of a string of villages in the Júcar canyon, a spectacular limestone gorge running for some 40km through the province of Albacete. I more or less fell in love with the place before I got here. First, I’d been seduced by a photograph of Jorquera – a…



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