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Pentano de Pena – ‘Pena’ reservoir

The ‘Pena’ reservoir (in the riverbed of the Pena River) is an indivisible part of the natural environment in the Matarraña region.

Its construction began in 1909, flooding some cottages located in its environs and finished in 1930. The dam is 41 metres high and 119 metres long, covering 129 hectares and with a capacity of 18,500,000 cubic metres. The name derives from the river, Pena, which also takes its name from the surrounding mountain, ‘la Caixa’, which was known as Peña Aznar Lagaia in the past. The reservoir serves eminently agricultural purposes.

It is located at the foot of the ‘Puertos de Beceite’ mountain range. To get there, two paths are in good condition, although there are other ways, such as the paved track from Beceite and the trail starting on the A-1414 road between Fuentespalda and Valderrobres. The latter two options are the if going by car.

The cycling route starts from the dam where the gate is located and finishes at the Pena River. It is a low-difficulty route of just 4.53 km in a single direction.

 

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