As we have told you on numerous occasions, our country hides truly fantastic natural corners. In fact, many of them have achieved some type of designation by UNESCO. One of these places has been the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark, which from January 1 we can call UNESCO World Geopark Villuercas Ibores Jara.
Located southeast of the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, this natural park stands out for both its natural and heritage value. Do you want to discover it? Well you know what you have to do! Do not miss anything we tell you below!
As its name indicates, the geopark is located in the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara region, in the southeast of Cáceres. Also called Extremadura Geological Park, it is the only Geopark from Extremadura (in Spain there are a total of 8). As indicated on the Extremadura Tourism website, it comprises 19 municipalities and, up to now, can boast of offering sustainable tourism in order to preserve this area in good condition.
UNESCO World Geopark
As we have told you before, this extreme corner has been designated a UNESCO World Geopark, so from now on there will be even greater efforts to increase awareness of geodiversity and promote the best practices of education, protection and tourism. Undoubtedly, this name will make it a more attractive destination, making it a must-see place within geotourism worldwide.
On the other hand, it is important to note that, with this new denomination of the UnescoThere are already five Extremaduran places that have been designated by the organization: the Monumental City of Cáceres, the Royal Monastery of Santa María de Guadalupe, the Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida and the Monfragüe Biosphere Reserve. You will find more information about this last place in our article "The Monfragüe National Park, a paradise for bird lovers".
How could it be otherwise, one of the great attractions of this 2,544 square kilometer mountain massif is nature, being able to find many points of interest such as, for example, the Risco de La Villuerca which, with its 1,601 meters, is in charge of marking the division between the Extremadura basins of the Guadiana and the Tagus. As you can imagine, from this point, the highest in the Geopark, you will be able to contemplate fantastic views of the valleys and mountain ranges.
A Geopark with great historical importance
Beyond the natural spaces that can be seen here, this Extremaduran spot stands out for its historical heritage, and more especially for its paleontological wealth. Apparently, more than 540 million years ago this region was part of a primeval sea. Erosive and sedimentary forms, folds and faults originate at this stage. Also, you can find rocks with paintings rock, dolmens, castros, castles and a sample of Mudejar architecture. The most remarkable building is the Royal Monastery of Guadalupe, which has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is also important to take into account the region's mining past. Proof of this is the mine that can be visited in Constanza, which is located in the municipality of Logrosán.
An exquisite gastronomy
We do not want to say goodbye without first talking to you about the gastronomy of this corner of Extremadura. And it is that here you can enjoy some exquisite products from the area: honey, wines, goat cheese, chestnuts, traditional pastry ... Here we leave you with our Gallery, where you will find more images of the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Geopark. Do not miss it!
Geoparque Mundial UNESCO Villuercas Ibores Jara (January 2021)
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