Like in Hard Hobbit To Break we love autumn and we believe that it is the perfect time to discover some of the best natural corners of our country, during the last few weeks we have wanted to talk to you about some places that can be found throughout the territory, such as the Faedo de Ciñera in León or the Sierra del Segura in Albacete.
Today we want to continue this dynamic by telling you about another natural site in Spain that is worth visiting. We are referring to Manfragüe National Park, a true paradise for lovers of ornithology. Located in the province of Cáceres, Extremadura, specifically in the center of the imaginary triangle formed by the city of Cáceres, Plasencia and Trujillo, it is structured by the Tagus River. Do you want to discover more details about this corner of Extremadura? Well, you must be very attentive to what we tell you next!
The first protected area in Extremadura
The Monfragüe National Park has an extension of about 18,000 hectares and is considered the first protected area of the autonomous community of Estremadura, since it was declared a Natural Park in 1979 in order to prevent eucalyptus plantations from being a risk for native flora and fauna. Of course, it was not declared a National Park until 2007. Before, in 2003, the park had already been declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
A paradise for ornithology
As we mentioned at the beginning, this place is a real treasure for lovers of ornithology. In fact, many people come to the park every year to observe birds such as the black vulture, the imperial eagle, the Egyptian vulture and the black stork. Of course, the most numerous animal is the vulture tawny. There are an estimated 1,000 copies. In addition, inside the park you will also be able to observe other animals, such as barbels, chubs and carps, that cross the Tagus and Tietar; and lizards, frogs, snakes and newts, which roam freely along the banks. In fact, there are more than 200 vertebrate species. Regarding mammals, you can find badgers, marten, foxes or genets, among others.
But don't think that the only thing that makes this place special are its animals! And the park is also tremendously beautiful thanks to its beautiful landscapes and incomparable Mediterranean vegetation, highlighting the pastures cork oaks, holm oaks, strawberry trees, heather, durillos and junipers. In fact, some consider it to be the largest and best-preserved Mediterranean patch of wood in the world. On the other hand, we want to highlight that, despite the fact that this territory has been populated since prehistory (cave paintings from 2,500 BC have been found), the sensational landscape has always been respected.
Visit the park
Without a doubt, the visit to the Monfragüe National Park is worth it. You can do it through the routes with guides prepared as on your own, although always respecting the rules and the places prepared for this purpose. It is important to keep in mind that the Interpretation Center is located in Villarreal de San Carlos. On the other hand, we want to tell you that within the park you can visit regions and towns such as Valle del Jerte, Trujillo or Cáceres, among many other places that are worthwhile. In addition, you should know that you can visit the park at any time. Then we leave you with our Gallery, where you will find more beautiful images of the Manfragüe National Park. Do not miss it!
Storks and sappers: Birds of Spain and the Human Action (Animals Documentary in HD) (September 2020)