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If between the end of March and the beginning of April the trip to Valle del Jerte, in Extremadura, offers a visual reward, doing it between June and July is a reward for the stomach. On these dates the white flowers of the cherry trees have given way to tons of delicious fruits, which crowd thousands of fruit trees in one of the most fertile orchards in Spain.

On both sides of the N-110, which cuts the valley like a scalpel, stalls are piling up that sell practically freshly picked cherries. A more than enough incentive to start the trip from Madrid. Even more so if it can be done together with a practical partner, comfortable and ultra-efficient as the new Honda Jazz has proven to be on this route.

We set out on the A5, the Extremadura highway, for a journey of three hours and 295 kilometers, the vast majority by highway. The first impression is that the Jazz is a very comfortable car, well insulated, and easy to drive. Little needs to be done, except to decide whether or not we want to activate the Eco mode, a more efficient point, which we do, to make the most of the efficient hybrid system that it equips.

Consumption does not rise from five liters to one hundred kilometers until reaching Plasencia, already close to the destination. In the municipality of Cáceres, the gateway to Jerte, we make the first stop of the trip to recharge our batteries. In Succo, a step away from the main square, we taste some typical specialties, such as the Trinchada de Iberian prey, revolconas and Iberian ham, and others that are not at all, such as a delicious little butterfish tiradito. The dessert, of course, is delicious freshly picked cherries. After resting during a walk through the old town, we face the final stretch of the trip to the municipality of Jerte, the heart of the valley and its fruit and vegetable industry.

The chosen accommodation, Aura, exudes quality and comfort, and a dinner inspired, of course, by cherries – especially noteworthy is the cold soup and the Iberian pen – finish off the day. Its location is perfect to tackle, the next day, the nearby route to the Hells Throat, better known here as Los Pilones.

Three kilometers each way that end in a series of excavated pools directly on the stone by the meanders of the river, whose icy waters are a good balm against the heat of early June.

On the way back, after regaining our strength in a nearby restaurant, we headed back, this time along the 110 national road (via Piedrahíta, Ávila and La Cruz Verde) slightly increasing consumption to an equally frugal 5.2 liters per hundred. The unevenness of the successive ports reveals what is perhaps the only one but of the Jazz, along with a contained trunk (it should be remembered that we are facing a B-segment car, although it does not seem so due to its well-used interior): the noise of the change CVT, which is noticeable when an extra point of effort is required from the 109 hp engine. A power, by the way, that seems greater than it is, thanks to the additional thrust of the electric motor, powered by kinetic energy and recovery from braking.

At this point, close to Madrid, when fatigue starts to show, the driving aids in the package are put into value Honda Sensing, especially adaptive cruise control. A technological finishing touch to a sweet-tasting getaway.

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