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Béjar

Candelario

Sierra de Francia

La Covatilla

Roman roadway

Granadilla

Montemayor del Río


  Valdesangil's strategic location makes this town to be a good starting point to visit the different surroundings, which abound in picturesque, historic and very nice, not to mention the varied gastronomy of the region in which the Iberian ham and sausages, in addition to the typical dishes, ensuring a quiet rest when returning from trips.

  Abound in a variety of natural features, ideal for hiking and photography, with all imaginable variety of flora and fauna.

  Historical remains from different periods, from anthropomorphic tombs carved in stone, the North to South Roman way, very old bullrings, ancient samples of the Arabs, medieval and Renaissance.

  We give here are some suggestions for places to visit nearby, without claiming that this relationship is complete, since we believe that this region still allows individuals without major discoveries go.

  The Monfragüe natural park and nearby cities such as Salamanca (65 km) and Plasencia (60 km), require no comment in this exhibition.

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Béjar

Candelario

Sierra de Francia

La Covatilla

Roman roadway

Granadilla

Montemayor del Río


Calzada romana. Paisaje desde Valdesangil. Pantano. Río de la sierra. Puesta de sol.

 
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Béjar

40º 23' 21" N       5º 45' 58" W

  Only 2.5 km away from Valdesangil, Béjar (15,000 inhabitants) full of history and vicissitudes of industry, with wool textile tradition from the Middle Ages when the preponderance of the Mesta. Duchy for centuries in its location, between two valleys at the foot of the mountain range that gives its name, it was an important enclave of the Roman road, later on so-called Vía de la Plata (the Silver way) by the Arabs, which maintains its traditional cuisine and "tapas" dishes. Its bullring is the oldest in Spain (it was inaugurated in 1711).

Muralla: puerta del Pico.
El Castañar de Béjar.

  In the Castañar de Béjar (a chestnut forest near Béjar) there is a shrine to the Virgin of the same name, with a 'Way of the Cross' (Via crucis) which links this temple with the town. This tour is a sample of the variety of chestnut trees, walnut trees, ferns, etc. that populate this hillside. At midway of this hill, from the viewpoint of stone, you can see Béjar in its entirety. Park City stands out for its variety of trees.

   Béjar retains much of its ancient walls and its Arabic fortress converted into the Ducal Palace and that is now a high school. It also retains traces of its Jewish and Moorish past, with shield wall and doors that support its history. In their temples we see the Romanic remains of its structure and in the Plaza Mayor, the convent of San Francisco and, throughout the city, its Renaissance architecture. On the outskirts of the forest is a garden Renaissance ducal, 'El Bosque' estate recreation that can be visited.

  A legend attributes to 'the men of Moss' the taking of the city and this fact is remembered each in 'Corpus Christi' processions in costume.

Béjar en invierno. 


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La Covatilla 

 La Covatilla.  

  La Covatilla is a place in the Sierra de Béjar-Candelario of unquestionable beauty, about 2400 m elevation, which already was an ski station in the years 1930, and later on is a remarkable ski resort. Its prime location attracts visitors both in winter for this sport, and outside the ski season for their excellent views and beautiful walks.

  Since the early 2000, this new ski resort is in operation with almost skiable 20 km for different levels, which is visited by enthusiasts of this sport.

La Covatilla.
Plano de La Covatilla.

  It has 31 tracks, left luggage office and equipment rental, ski school, restaurant and cafe, Chairlift-4 place, Tele-baby, Ski summit, marked tracks and long tracks.


 
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Candelario

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After about 5 km from Valdesangil this town (Historical Artistic Ensemble) is an essential visit while in this area. Its location at the foot of the Sierra offers its picturesque character. North orientation makes it special for curing hams and sausages. Time ago was called 'town without chimneys' because the vent of the kitchen went to the higher drying floor of all homes to preserve meats and sausages.

Otoño nevado en Candelario.
Calle típica de Candelario.

  Its narrow streets have on the sides water channels, which here are called 'shower', which circulates throughout the year without stop from the melting of the mountain. The architectural style is unique and reflects the lifestyle of its founders. The houses 'advanced' on the street with balconies and galleries to ensure, both winter and summer, the absence of sunlight, to avoid the detrimental to their products, as well as protection from possible rain for the residents.

  The surroundings of this population (practically all mountainous) is a delight for walkers and photographers, who can find and view sites without any comparison. The presence of cows in the meadows with their 'haystacks' and various auxiliary buildings, make very interesting the journey through these places.

Trampal en la Sierra.

 
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Granadilla

 

  More or less 30 km from Valdesangil in the direction of Caceres, this town was abandoned by the construction of the dam of Gabriel y Galán, whose waters flooded the lands of this municipality. For some time, a school-workshop is responsible for its gradual recovery. The impressive castle in perfect conditions, continues to stand from the beginning and is the best observatory to enjoy the extraordinary views, check the reconstruction of the town and see the landscapes that make the waters of the swamp that surround it.

Castillo de Granadilla.

 
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Montemayor del río

 

Castillo de Montemayor.

  This town surprises for its location, protected in a bend of the river Cuerpo de hombre, for its medieval castle (perhaps Templar) in very advanced restoration and for its Romanesque church apse and walls witnessed several restorations, canecillos under the roof and big wall painting of St. Christopher on the inside north wall.

  The journey from Valdesangil can be done by reaching Béjar and then taking the road towards Aldeacipreste to continue on parallel to the river and enjoy a short trip with unique landscapes.

  In this village, particularly noteworthy is the handicrafts (basketry) with chestnut wood and baking with natural products.


 
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Sierra de Francia

 

  After about 35 km from Valdesangil, the Sierra de Francia, whose the most important core is the natural park of Batuecas includes many unique tours:

 LasBatuecas.
(fotografía cedida por N. y E. Paños)

 

  La Peña de Francia, the highest point of the park with a shrine medieval, villages such as La Alberca, Mogarraz, San Martin del Castañar, Miranda del Castañar, Sequeros, San Esteban de la Sierra, etc. maintained their traditional (and protected) architecture, crafts, and the memory of its history, reflected in numerous coats of arms carved in granite.

  Throughout this region we see a very diverse fauna that, in addition to the ubiquitous prey includes hispanic goat, wild boar , kingfisher, genet, herons, weasels, etc..


 In the Valle de las Batuecas  there's a Monastery and Convent of San José, cave paintings in many coats, cascading streams that are born with colored stones by different minerals and salts, as well as a vegetation worthy of admiring.


 
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Roman roadway

 

  The Via de la Plata (The 'Silver Way'): The route of this road, built by the Romans allowed the North-South communication in the western part of the Iberian peninsula, linking the Cantabrian coast (gold mines at Ponferrada) with sea ports in the South. It is the Roman roadway number XXIV called "Iter ab Emerita Asturicam" (i.e. "roadway from Mérida to Astorga, two major cities of the time).

  As all the Roman roads, hard engineering works, including the proper layout for its committed with everything necessary for its continuation, i.e. bridges, acceptable slopes, sewerage and drainage, distance marks (milestones, etc.), etc. many of which can still be seen and, of course, be photographed, which offers the possibility of treading a path with more than 2000 years of history in different parts of this region.

Arco romano de Cáparra.

  All along the roman roadway there were locations and villages to rest or supplies (some created for the purpose) of which must be noted: Béjar virtually halfway. About 45 km to the south, stands out as Cáparra crossroads and commercial town. It retains its large arch of four pillars. Currently, the ongoing excavations demonstrate the importance of this historic town.

  Later, the Arabs used this way and gave its present name: B'lata ("stone road"), building layout as one of the roads with major transit of the peninsula.

  During the Middle Ages was used as pilgrimage road to Santiago, as the "Mozarabic pilgrim way" or "Southern Route", which represented the continuity of cultural and commercial exchanges. Subsequently was extended to linking Gijón (the North) to Seville (south).

  Currently, the national highway N-630 (or A-66) is the modern version of this great Roman road of communication.

 


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