At least until January 10, Castilla y León maintains its perimeter closure as a protection measure against the coronavirus. Except for justified cases and the exceptions of the holidays, mobility is limited to the autonomous community, a territory, yes, which is the largest regional area in Europe and goes a long way in terms of leisure. Taking advantage of the fact that this December 11 is the International Mountain Day, here is nine “high” plans in which to breathe fresh air.
In a gold mine
It was the largest open pit gold mine in the Roman Empire. Records indicate that more than 60,000 men came to work on the farm that caused the environment to be altered, resulting in an unusual landscape tinged by reddish sands and the green of oak and chestnut trees. Las Médulas, in the Leonese region of El Bierzo, are considered as a different getaway. A World Heritage Site, it has different routes that allow tours of greater or lesser distance and intensity. The perimeter path is the longest but also the most complete and that of Las Viñas, the most used. The views from the Mirador de Orellán are essential.
Walking with wolves
Its relief, with soft and undulating shapes, is reminiscent of the reptile that gives it its name. It has no high altitude points. It does not exceed 1,300 meters, but the Sierra de la Culebra hides in the province of Zamora corners that are well worth a getaway. One of the starting points from which to know the environment is the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla y León Félix Rodríguez from the source. Integrated with the environment, it simulates a «cortello» or «curro» of wolves, a protected species south of the Duero River. In two large fenced enclosures, of about 3 hectares each, several specimens are housed in a semi-free regime, so that they can be observed by visitors. For this, there are several pedestrian paths, some adapted for the transit of people with disabilities, and three elevated observatories.
To the south of the province of Salamanca, it is a mountain town par excellence. Its landscape is dominated by the silhouette of the Peña de Francia and its famous pork industry continues to mark its hallmark. Cradle of Iberian, The swimming pool, was the first Spanish town declared a Historic Site in 1940. A trip to its streets with medieval charm and memory allows you to shape a getaway that combines gastronomy and heritage in a natural enclave in which the views are not exhausted. At this time of year, don’t forget to taste their artisan nougat.
An open-air museum
Among high peaks and Romanesque jewels, the Montaña Palentina biscuit it hides true natural and heritage treasures, but also particular proposals, such as an open-air museum. The Ursi path proposes a tour in which nature is accompanied by a large sample of sculptures. In total there are 30, made in tribute to the great sculptor Ursicino Martínez, a native of Villabellaco and who died in 2007.
There are not many reliefs in the Valladolid landscape in which the plain is imposed with small elevations of the terrain, whose summit does not pose a great physical challenge to reach but an interesting escape. This is what happens at the top of the hill located in the municipality of Peñafiel. Heart of the Ribera del Duero, his castle watches over the vineyards and acts as host of the Wine Museum. Whoever wants more, at its feet lies a wide landscape of vines alongside renowned wineries.
Looking at the sky
Although the curfew limits nightlife, the fact that it gets dark early allows you to take advantage of a dark sky. The Sierra de Gredos, in Ávila, has just ascended in terms of astronomical observation points, going from being a destination to «reserva» Starlight. This distinctive indicates its peaks as one of the best places in the country to enjoy the stars in a clean sky without pollution.
The largest set of caves on the Peninsula
With more than 100 kilometers of development, the Ojo Guareña Natural Monument It is one of the largest cave complexes in the Iberian Peninsula and can be included among the ten largest in the world. North of the province of Burgos, on the southern slopes of the Cantabrian MountainsIn this complex of caves, prehistoric sanctuaries have been located. A place to see from viewpoints: Alto Concha Viewpoint, Retuerta Viewpoint, Pico del Cuerno Viewpoint (hiking route).
Canyons guarded by vultures
The height is not only marked by the peaks. In this case it is defined by the canyons that the course of the Duratón River has shaped between the beautiful town of Sepulveda and the Burgomillodo reservoir. A refuge for protected birds, such as the griffon vulture, it is a good plan for lovers of ornithology and also for those looking for a day of hiking.
At 1,750 meters, the snow point of Santa Inés It became the bridge of the Constitution in the first alpine ski resort to open its facilities in Spain. In the Sierra de Urbión, in the province of Soria, its tracks are claimed as a “safe” space in a year marked by Covid.