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Cueva de Don Juan(Jalance)

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The cave is located on the right bank of a ravine that is a tributary of the Júcar River, and is located in a geological context of microcrystalline limestone from the Santonian. They are the beginning of the last marine sediments of the Upper Cretaceous. In the cave you can observe stalactites, stalagmites, columns, flags and lava flows.

The oldest traces of human presence found in the cave are various stone hunting tools from the Mesolithic period. Materials corresponding to the Valencian Bronze Age have also been found. The cave's function as a dwelling was gradually reduced to a simple temporary shelter for the night or as a refuge from inclement weather for shepherds and hunters.

At the beginning of the 17th century, many of the sixes of the castle of Jalance took refuge here, together with the Moors fleeing from the Muela de Cortes, after their expulsion decree. There, three Christian figures were involved in a dispute over the distribution of the booty that the Moors were hiding inside the cave. These historical figures were the three "juanes":

- Don Juan Pacheco, corporal of the cavalry and brother of the viceroy of Valencia.
- Don Juan de Córdova, Maese de Campo of the Tercio de Lombardía.
- Don Juan de Vergara, lessee of the manorial rents of the Valle de Cofrentes.

The tourist development of the cave, by the municipal corporation, began in the last decades of the 20th century.

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