Castile-Leon: the widest variety of countryside
Discover Castile-León through its paths and trails. The Way of Saint James and the Silver Route pass through this region, and it also has several World Heritage cities. A visit offers the chance to enjoy art, culture and nature.
Landscape in Las Médulas
Arribes del Duero
Landscape in the Picos de Europa National Park. Valdeón valley
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A place to escape from the hustle and bustle, to enjoy unique landscapes and to do sports. You are sure to enjoy a holiday like this. Come and make your wish come true in Castile-La Mancha, a large region you will love in the northern part of inland Spain. Travel through valleys, forests, mountains, lakes and canyons in one of Europe’s most naturally diverse areas. Treat yourself to some unforgettable views.
If you are looking for a wide variety of natural landscapes, then we can guarantee that Castile-León will not disappoint. Would you like to know why? Here you will find more than 40 protected nature areas including eight Nature Reserves and eight Biosphere Reserves. Furthermore, these include the Castile-León side of the Picos de Europa National Park, where you can see some of Spain’s finest Atlantic forest.
Castile-León is also synonymous with adrenaline and fun. Its mountainous landscapes, trails and rivers are the ideal setting for sports in the pure, fresh air. Horse riding routes, hiking and kayaking are just a few of the options. Looking for something more daring? Then try climbing, caving or quad biking. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about anything as there are visitor centres and specialist companies in each area to provide everything you need.
If you like the mountains, in Castile-León you will find locations like the stunning peaks of the Sierra de Gredos Mountains, an area that is ideal for cycle touring; or those of the Sierra de La Demanda, where not only will you find extensive forests, great for hiking, but there are also mountains reaching 2,000 metres to climb. Take away pleasant memories of the Picos de Urbión and Sierra de Ancares Mountains with their unspoilt valleys. Something more relaxing? Take a pleasant walk and enjoy the amazing landscapes of Las Médulas, the world’s largest surface gold mine dating from the time of the Roman Empire, which now has the UNESCO World Heritage designation; otherwise, play golf while you enjoy views of the Sierra de Béjar Mountains.
In the water…
Castile-León’s rivers, lakes and inland beaches mean you can enjoy river tourism in direct contact with nature, and enjoy a refreshing dip. Would you like to see a river canyon carved out by erosion? Don’t miss Arribes del Duero, where you can take a boat and explore deep canyons with walls reaching 500 metres in height. Here you will also find one of the most beautiful waterfalls on the Iberian Peninsula: Pozo de los Humos.
A little more? Head for the Neila Lakes, explore the Duratón River Canyons by kayak, follow the spectacular trail of the Lobos River Canyon and marvel at the Lago de Sanabria Nature Reserve, home to Spain’s largest glacial lake. Another itinerary you are sure to find fascinating is the Cares Route, which follows the river on a journey through narrow gorges crossing hanging bridges, in the Picos de Europa Mountains of León province.
…And in the air
Experience the sensation of seeing all the above and much, much more from a birds’ eye view. How? In Castile-León you can fly in a hot air balloon, a paraglider, a microlight… As you can see, there are options to suit all tastes. There are still many more things to choose from: go caving in the “Ojo Guareña” Caves, one of the largest subterranean systems in Spain, or explore the caverns of Valporquero in the Los Argüellos Biosphere Reserve.
When you get to Castile-León, put on a good pair of boots and, above all, keep your eyes open because you will find yourself in a real natural museum, surrounded by traditional villages. Get out on the trail and explore all the waterfalls and forests until you find your favourite spot. Sounds good, doesn’t it? If you enjoyed this article, check more information in: A boat trip through the gorges of the Duratón River Sanabria Lake: the charm of nature Las Médulas, a landscape unique in all the world