We are in the south of the province of Salamanca, almost overlooking Cáceres. Here it appears Las Batuecas Natural Park, in the Sierra de Francia. It is an almost secret valley, protected by steep mountains and where a beautiful Mediterranean forest is located.
Lope de Vega referred to the Batuecas as “perpetual place of happiness”. That is also why the dictionary of the Royal Academy says that “being in Las Batuecas” is being distracted and oblivious to what it is about: that is, absorbed and enraptured.
As the Castilla y León tourism websiteThey are sensations that continue to be felt in this almost hidden place. The Valley of the Batuecas is a magical valley. Its intricate orography, surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra de Francia, turned it into a refuge for local fauna and even hermits.
Here is located the Carmelite monastery of the San José Desert (in the photo below), founded at the end of the 16th century. It has a hostel for those looking to enjoy a time of serenity or serenity … a place to disappear.
If we go by car, it can be left in the existing car park, about 500 meters from the monastery. At your door begins a walking tour that heads towards the Chorro waterfall, which allows you to observe the scenic beauty of that corner of the south of Salamanca.
We also have here valuable Neolithic cave paintings. After crossing the crystalline waters of the Batuecas River, a footbridge traces the course of the river until it reaches the fascinating cave paintings, preserved in various panels and “scree”.
The haughty presence of the mountain male dominates the heights of this territory, declared a Regional Hunting Reserve. You can also contemplate the black and griffon vulture, golden eagle, peregrine falcon or eagle owl.