Monfragüe National Park – History, Culture and Nature

Located in the middle of an imaginary triangle formed by Plasencia, Trujillo and Navalmoral de la Mata, and with Tagus river running through it, Monfragüe National Park is a unique natural spot declared Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.

We have aimed our 01/12/2020 blog section to the possibilities Monfragüe NP offers to birdwatching. The park is a paradise where to spot over 200 species of vertebrates, birds as black storks, imperial eagles, black vultures but also deer, common genets, lynx, wildcats, otters, snakes, tortoises ... All of them live in this beautiful natural region in Upper Extremadura. We embrace you to check our blog and discover more about Extremadura’s birders paradise.

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Nature lovers should not leave without discovering Extremadura’s rich historic and cultural heritage so let’s see in our news section what this fantastic region has to offer. Even if there are many interesting towns and cities that are worth a visit, we will focus on nearest spots to Monfragüe NP so as to build a comfortable program with affordable driving distances.

Let’s start with Cáceres, situated south-west park area, ca 1 hour drive away. Its monumental ensemble was declared World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986 and it is considered one of the prettiest historic town centres of Spain. Known as the city of thousand and one coats of arms, the history of Cáceres starts back on Palaeolithic times. Romans, Visigoths, Moorish, Jewish and Christians wrote the history of the city, leaving behind a great collection of monuments and buildings. Spend a couple of days in town, stroll in its awarded centre, overnight in a medieval building and enjoy its fantastic gastronomy.

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We make our way now to Trujillo, one of the most visited smaller towns in Extremadura and birthplace to discoverers Orellana and Pizarro. As Cáceres, historical remains from Roman to Medieval times are still visible. On your stroll through Trujillo, among stately homes and coats of arms, a visit to the Castle and church of Santa María la Mayor are a must.

Plasencia is one of the hidden treasures of the region. Known as “the capital of the Jerte Valley”, the city perfectly combines history, culture and its natural surroundings and still preserves its rich heritage intact, since its foundation in the 12th century. Surrounded by a wall, Plasencia’s city centre has been declared Cultural Heritage site. The wealth of its religious buildings and palaces, the aqueduct, beautiful parks and the natural beauty along the banks of the river make the city a perfect destination all year around.

Do not miss the Jerte Valley once in Plasencia area, especially if you have the chance to travel in early spring.  The valley is set amidst mountains and it is named after the river that flows through it.

If you are looking for nature and relaxation, the valley’s broad offer of flora and vegetation will surprise you. At the end of March – beginning of April, valley’s cherry trees blossom creating and image that is hard to forget: a vast white mantle across the fields. Jerte cherries are among Spain’s most appreciated by its high quality.

Interested in more details regarding itineraries in Extremadura region? Contact us, we will be glad to assist you. info@across-spain.es