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Water is a natural treasure. It is particularly appreciated in these lands because of the dedication to farming. Water is essential for obtaining good harvests, as it always has been for domestic chores. In the towns and villages of the region you can appreciate how it used to be used. In the springs and streams drinking places for animals and farmers were built. Another example of the use of water in the rural world are the stone wash-places where the women used to wash their clothes and meet up with the other women in the town. They were generally built of limestone and are being restored for their great historical and ethnographic value.
On this route you can discover the main fountains, springs and wash-houses in the region. This can be done in a couple of days because the distances are very short.
In Valdilecha you can visit the large font in the Town Hall Square. There are also the Casasola, La Gota, La Virgen and the Chorro del Rejal fountains, as well as a wash-house.
In Orusco de Tajuña, a beautiful town which looks as though it is hanging from the cliff side over its fertile valley on the banks of the Tajuña, water is part of the town life and can be seen everywhere. There is a route through the town on which you can visit 10 fountains with drinking water and a magnificent wash-house.
The waters in Carabaña are famous throughout Madrid for their medicinal qualities. You can see the springs and the old bottling factory in a XIX century building typical of railway architecture. There are several fountains in the city itself, such as the XVIII century one in the Plaza de España, which is neoclassical in style.
Tielmes is a riverside town with many mills and fulling mills. In the town centre there are three fountains and a wash-house. If you do the Fountains and Lookouts route, you will be able to see another four fountains.
If you stop in Perales de Tajuña you will enjoy a visit to its National Monument, the Risco Caves; these are prehistoric caves. There used to be more than 40 fountains in the town, the best preserved being the Mariblanca, Redonda and El Cuartel. You will see these as you go down the Calle Mayor. Today there are another 10 fountains and springs.
In the town centre of Valdelaguna you will see a very large wash-house, perfectly restored. There are also several fountains of spring water in the municipality. On the Fountains Route that you can do in Valdelaguna, you will pass the Valviejo Fountain.
On the Fountains Route in Belmonte de Tajo you will visit the Wash-house, the Upper Fountain and the Lower Fountain; these are most interesting because they are unique with Colmenar limestone fonts and clear water. In the municipality there are several springs and fountains, such as the Fuente de Tejera on the Horcajo Route.
In Villarejo de Salvanés, the heart of the region, you will see two wash-houses, one of them perfectly restored in a patio with porticos. There are also two fountains on the Valdecaña Route.
The route ends in Fuentidueña de Tajo, at the Fountain of La Dueña, which gives the town its name and is at the foot of the castle.


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JourneyBelmonte de Tajo, Brea de Tajo, Carabaña, Estremera, Fuentidueña de Tajo, Orusco de Tajuña, Perales de Tajuña, Tielmes, Valdaracete, Valdelaguna, Valdilecha, Villamanrique de Tajo, Villarejo de Salvanés
Length70 km
DurationTwo days
UsersBy car