Las Hurdes, a region to be discovered
We're off to Las Hurdes, an ideal destination for nature lovers, located in Extremadura, in inland Spain. Here you can enjoy valleys, rivers and unique landscapes. Come and "lose yourself" in an unspoilt region. Come and discover this beautiful area.
The Las Hurdes region is in the north of the province of Cáceres, in Extremadura. Come and enjoy its mountains, its stunning waterfalls, its flora and fauna, and the way that traditional architecture continues to play a vital role in its landscapes. To get to this region you can head for the town of Moraleja. From there, continue towards Villanueva de la Sierra, gateway to Las Hurdes.
Here are a few hints about what not to miss. Four key points are as follows:
1 - Natural environment. A truly unique area. In Las Hurdes, each moment of the day is lit up by a different colour. The crystal clear waters of its five rivers make you feel at the heart of a unique location. They run along the region's four valleys: Ladrillas Valley, Hurdano River, Esperabán River and the Los Ángeles River valleys. Enjoy them as they flow downstream or at the small pools and natural swimming pools that form along the way. In the village of Nuñomoral you will have the chance to cool off at one of the largest. Bear in mind that Extremadura has the most kilometres of freshwater in Spain.
And on the subject of rivers: can you imagine fishing in the depths of a valley? Las Hurdes has many areas where this is possible. For example, you can make for the villages of La Pesta and Rivera de Oveja. There are different species of fish to be found in their waters, although the most common are trout and barbel.
2 - Flora and fauna. Here you will find a wealth of autochthonous flora, with a predominance of holly trees, holm oaks and chestnut trees. There is also an abundance of plants such as rockrose, broom and heather. As far as fauna is concerned, Las Hurdes is a region that serves as shelter for protected species such as wild cats, otters and black storks. You can also see other animals such as boars and mountain goats here.
If you are a fan of bird watching then this is an ideal destination for you: in the pools of the rivers you will find certain endangered species such as the aforementioned black stork. Black vultures can also be seen flying across the sky.
3 – Traditional architecture. When you visit villages in the region such as Casar del Palomero, Ladrillar and Pinofranqueado, you will notice the traditional architecture that survives to this day. Pay special attention to the farmsteads: houses made from flat slabs of slate, with thatched roofs. Discover the traditional crafts, too: pottery and woodwork.
4 - Gastronomy. Kid is one of the most typical dishes. Neither should you miss the chance to purchase some of the region's most characteristic products such as pollen, honey or local olive oil.
In the Caminomorisco district tourist office they will inform you about possible itineraries, and they will help you to get the most out of your stay.
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