Las Batuecas - Sierra de Francia Nature Reserve




Contact details

Salamanca  (Castile-Leon)
Visitor centre at the Reserve
cp.batuecas@patrimonionatural.org
http://turismosierradefrancia.es/parque-natural.html
Tel.:+34 923415141
Tel.:+34 923415213
Tel.:+34 923415421

Location

Las Batuecas - Sierra de Francia Nature Reserve

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Description

Diversity of fauna and flora

This is a place of incomparable scenic value. The flat surfaces of the plains stand in stark contrast to deep canyons carved out by the rivers. It also has a distinct and contrasting vegetation which includes everything from Mediterranean farm crops, somewhat uncommon at this latitude, and other ecosystems with a more Atlantic influence such as Pyrenean oak forests. Its fauna includes more than 200 different species of vertebrates.

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  • Type of area Nature reserve
  • Area 32300 hectares

Map

Access and surroundings

Cultural information

The surrounding area has a wealth of cultural attractions and an important historic and artistic heritage, including rock art sites, remains of Roman mines and several shrines and monasteries scattered throughout the area.

Environmental information

The highest peaks have a predominance of broom and echinospartum. A little lower, forests of Pyrenean oak and some birch and other species of oak begin to make their appearance. As the altitude decreases to the south, the vegetation becomes much more Mediterranean, with numerous holm oaks, grapevines, and cherry and chestnut orchards, among others.

Information for visits

It is advisable to stop at the Visitor Centre to plan your visit. (Carretera Las Batuecas, s/n, La Alberca, Salamanca)



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