Quesa: Water and cave paintings in the interior of Valencia
In the canyon of Rio Grande we find a group of refreshing natual pools, in addition to magnificent rock paintings.
A short distance from the small town of Quesa, on the course of Rio Grande and protected by the interesting canyon, there is a set of natural pools known as Charcos de Quesa. Bathe is allowed, although in summer can be applied a small fee to access the place, since it concentrates a high influx of people during the hottest months. The site is located in the large mountainous area known as Muela de Cortes and Macizo del Caroig, in the region of La Canal de Navarrés. Also, Muela de Cortes was an important stronghold of Moorish resistance after the decree of expulsion in 1609.
From the last pool, which is called Charco del Chorro, we can ascend a path to the right of this and continue walking through the interior of the canyon, until we reach the amazing cave paintings of Abrigo de Voro. For this purpose, we must follow the indications of the route marked as PR-CV 203, which in less than two hours will lead us to the aforementioned paintings through the interior of the canyon, observing at all times its majestic rocky walls. Depending on the rains that have fallen during the previous weeks or months, the River Grande rises in certain places of the canyon, forming puddles or small meanders, although for the most part it runs under the thick layer of boulders. The complete route (round trip), if the return is made by the same road from the cave paintings, does not exceed 14 kilometers (about 4 hours). In Abrigo de Voro are preserved around half a dozen Levantine paintings, which represent women, archers and animals. The most representative and remarkable paintings correspond to a set of four detailed archers that, according to experts, would stage a ritual dance.
As a curious and historical fact, the population of Quesa suffered an epidemic of bubonic plague in the late 17th century, which took the lives of almost all the neighbors. Only a few members of the García family survived, who called for other families from neighboring villages to move to Quesa to achieve their repopulation.