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The legend of the Bridal Veil waterfall

A young couple getting a photo session at the Bridal Veil waterfall during the hot springs tour

The legend of the Bridal Veil waterfall

The Bridal Veil waterfall is a magical place, not only for its stunning landscape and the spectacular, whimsical shapes formed by wind and water erosion, but also for the story from which it gets its name.

Shrouded in Legend, the site is formed by two high walls:  The El Brazal rock face and, right opposite, Rascaña mountain, where a pointed rock at the mouth of a cave would tell the time to the labourers working the land around the waterfall.

The old legend has it that when couples were to marry, the fiancées had to undergo a bizarre ceremony: they had to jump a river at this spot and, if they made it, they would marry happily ever after.  Sara and Luis were two such lovers who wished to marry.  One day the young couple came down to the river, radiant with joy, to show the world they loved each other.  Luis was nervous, plagued with bad omens, but Sara reassured him. The townsfolk eagerly awaited the jump, and the bride-to-be finally took her run-up, but she lost her footing and plunged into the river where, to her misfortune, she was engulfed by a powerful whirlpool.  Upon seeing this, the groom-to-be leapt straight into the river to try to save his beloved.  But despite his best efforts in his desperate attempt, the water swept them both away, never to be seen again.

The townsfolk continued to go down to the Bridal Veil to await their return, and it is said in the town that, when the moon is full, the bitter lament of the lovers still seems to wail, which is why the Bridal Veil waterfall continues to shed tears for their loss.

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