In the Natural Park of Sierra de Cazorla is situated the Recreation area Cañada de las Fuentes, birthplace of the River Guadalquivir, exactly where converge several streams that descend from the surrounding mountains. In this area you can park your vehicle before performing any of the routes which are accessible from the site.
The official source of the river Guadalquivir is located near Cañada de las Fuentes and can be reached on foot.
Some routes starting at Cañada de las Fuentes:
- Pico Cabañas through a forest track in good condition along about 10 kilometres to the viewpoint of Sierra del Pozo.
- A walk along the canyon Cañada de las Fuentes
- Visit the Meadows of Navahondona
An interesting route that begins in this recreational area is the one that goes to the Valley of Tejos Milenarios (Millenary Yews), well-marked in an explanatory panel and for which you have to take the road east until you reach a blocked path to prevent the passage of vehicles, but that is the one you have to take.
The route ends at the Valley of the Millennial Yew where you can see a nearly 2000 years old specimen. The Yew has always been a highly valued tree; with highly poisonous fruit, its wood has been used for the construction of utensils and weapons throughout the history, as well as arcs for its great flexibility and endurance.
From Cazorla, take the country road to the Sierra and follow the signs that indicate the source of the river Guadalquivir. After the bridge crossing the river, take the right turn towards Puente de las Herrerias, the road JF-7091, which after approximately 11 kilometres brings you to your destination.