Rio Zumeta, Paseo de las Pozas
Planning a route through the province of Jaen on way to Embalse Anchuricas we noticed an area near the village of Santiago de la Espada which boasts a waterfall. Rio Zumeta passes by quite close to the outskirts of the village and while there are only a couple of parking spots near the entrance to the walkway you can park further up nearer the village and walk down which, in our opinion would be worth it – don’t forget to take the camera.
The river flows under a bridge and to the north side there is an area which is quite pleasant to take a break, the first flowing water you see may at first appear disappointing but take a stroll a hundred yards or so up river and this is where the larger waterfall is. The waterfall is by no means big but the surrounding area is generally a nice place to spend some time, take some photos and chill out for a bit on any of the well maintained wooden park benches provided and admire the views.
The area is also very clean, there is some evidence of graffiti in places but by no means off putting as the main attraction is the water. Walkways have been constructed to take you to the main waterfall and once there you can carry on up the hiking trail.
38.1115° N, 2.5526° W
As a short stopper on route to your destination this segment of Rio Zumeta is worth some time to have a brief explore, it is always that little bit cooler when you are near water and this situation is kind of in a small valley – somewhere to escape at least a little bit of the Spanish heat during the summer months.