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The Iberian Route in Valencia

The Iberian Route in Valencia is structured into three different itineraries which cover some of the archaeological sites and Iberian settlements to be found in Valencia. Some of these can be visited unaccompanied, whereas in others the visit is led by a guide. The best idea is to drop into the tourist offices in each place for information and, if necessary, to request a visit.

One of the itineraries is known as the Edetani route, which is based on the settlements once inhabited by the Edetani tribe. It includes visits to the archaeological sites of Tossal de Sant Miquel and Castellet de Bernabé in the district of Llíria. The first settlement offers attractive views over the Valencian coast and reveals the arrangement of the houses on raked terraces. The second site, Castellet de Bernabé, was previously a farmstead which was home to a group of families dedicated to agriculture and cattle raising.

Less than 30 kilometres from Llíria the route continues to another two ancient settlements: Puntal dels Llops in Olocau, whose features include an imposing wall and a lookout tower; and La Seña in Villar del Arzobispo, which contains the remains of an old walled village.

Another of the itineraries is known as the Contestani route, dedicated to the Contestani tribe. This includes a visit to the archaeological site of La Bastida de les Alcusses in Moixent, an Iberian settlement dating from the 9th century B.C. with a defensive enclosure which also contains a reproduction of a house from that period. The next stop is the settlement of Castellar de Meca in Ayora, where highlights include its unusual access routes. This is a network of paths about 2 kilometres long carved out of the rock and equipped with furrows for carts, and which are open to visitors to walk along.

Finally, the Kelin route covers the territory which was ruled by the ancient city of the same name. The settlement of Kelin is located in Caudete de las Fuentes, and contains various workshops dating from the 7th century B.C., and a block of houses from the 3rd century B.C. The next stop is the site of El Molón in Camporrobles, home to a pre-Roman settlement containing the remains of a mosque, as the area was once again occupied during the Islamic period.

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