Map route

CAÑADA REAL DE GATA

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Travel Forms: Walking

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Distance Distance: 18,6 km

Maximum Height Maximum Height: 383,7 m

Minimum height Minimum height: 249 m

Positive slope (round) Positive slope (round): 285 m

Difference negative (return) Difference negative (return): 278 m

Estimated time Estimated time: 5 horas y 15 minutos

Route Type Route Type: Crossing paths

Description:

This route links the villages of Estorninos and Zarza la Mayor, so you can start and finish it in either one. It passes through the village of Piedras Albas en route between the two, running along a good part of the gully Cañada Real de Gata. The only difficult thing about this route is its length, as there are no big slopes and the paths it takes you along are in quite good condition.

The most interesting aspect of this route is the countryside it takes you through, going over vast, well-conserved meadows or dehesas of Holm oaks (Quercus ilex subsp. ballota) with large granite formations, particularly in the part between Estorninos and Piedras Albas, whose wetland pastures by watercourses are home to the Cabrera vole (Microtus cabrerae), one of the park’s most interesting species. It also offers a good chance of seeing large birds in flight, as the whole route runs parallel and close to the River Erjas, whose gorges are widely used by Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus), Bonelli’s Eagles (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) and Black Storks (Ciconia nigra). You can also spot numerous forest birds throughout the route, such as Azure-winged Magpies (Cyanopica cyana), Hawfinches (Coccothraustes coccothraustes), Blue tits (Parus caeruleus), Great tits (Parus major) or Chaffinches (Fringilla coelebs).

Another of this route’s attractions is that it links up with another two of the Natural Park’s official routes: the circular route of Puente Romano de Alcántara, in Estorninos, and that of Montón de Trigo, in Zarza la Mayor. This last village also has a very interesting historical heritage, including the fountain, Fuente Conceja, a Good of Cultural Interest in the Monument category.

Half MIDE: The medium is not free from risks

Itinerary MIDE: Paths or signaling that indicates continuity

MIDE displacement: Many smooth surfaces