Monfragüe National Park
Landscape in the Monfragüe National Park
River Tagus on its course through the Monfragüe National Park
Shrine in the Monfragüe National Park
Tree in the river. Monfragüe National Park
View of the Monfragüe National Park
Monfragüe National Park
Biosphere Reserve, recognition from UNESCO for certain natural sites..
Mediterranean meadows and forests in their natural state
The largest and best preserved Mediterranean forest worldwide is in Monfragüe (Extremadura), surrounded by hills populated with oak forests and Mediterranean thicket and dotted with rocks and streams. Rivers and reservoirs irrigate the riverside areas of Monfragüe National Park. All this results in a rich and varied plant and animal life.
It situated in the north of the province of Cáceres (Extremadura), in the imaginary triangle formed by the cities of Cáceres, Plasencia and Trujillo.
- Type of area
- Biosphere reserve, National park
- 18.118 hectares
What you can do
- Routes around the Park
- Guided tours
Access and surroundings
The ancient presence of man in these lands is shown in the cave paintings of the Castillo cave. The Castillo cave of Monfragüe, of Arabic origin, dominates an impressive rocky area on the waters of the Tajo River. Also worth visiting is the Puente del Cardenal bridge and the village of Villarreal de San Carlos. Very interesting locations, such as Plasencia, Trujillo and Cáceres, await in the surrounding areas.
Monfragüe National Park has the largest colony of black vultures in the world (over 200 pairs), it has the world's highest concentration of imperial eagles (more than 10 pairs) and is one of the few habitats where the Iberian lynx has survived.
Information for visits
Villarreal de San Carlos is the entrance to Monfragüe National Park and home to the Visitor Centre (you can check the details on this page), the Centre for the Interpretation of Nature, and the Water Interpretation Centre. Different exhibitions, screenings and activities help you to delve into the park's natural value. Various walking routes lead to the most emblematic sites in this Biosphere Reserve.
There is a bus service that covers two routes, mainly on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays (check with the Visitor Centre).
More access information.
You will find more information about the permits you need at the following links:
Route on foot: cattle track (Villarreal de San Carlos - Torrejón el Rubio)
Route on foot (Villarreal de San Carlos - Serradilla)
Reception and visitor information centre
Villareal de San Carlos, Serradilla (Cáceres)
Tel.:: [+34 927199134]
Fax.: [+34 927198212]
Winter: 9.30am to 6pm.
Summer: 9:30am to 7:30pm.