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LA GEREGOSA

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Registration: PR-CC95

Travel Forms: Walking

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Distance Distance: 14,6 km

Maximum Height Maximum Height: 345,5 m

Minimum height Minimum height: 128,8 m

Positive slope (round) Positive slope (round): 13 m

Difference negative (return) Difference negative (return): 217,6 m

Estimated time Estimated time: 3 horas y 20 minutos

Route Type Route Type: One way going and return paths

Description:

This route starts from “El Péndere” Centre for the Interpretation of Nature, in Santiago de Alcántara, and leads to the bank of the River Tajo where you will find the spring of La Geregosa, considered one of the best hot springs in Extremadura: sulphurous waters which the locals have used to treat ailments such as rheumatism for centuries.

It is a comfortable route to do, as it takes you along a wide path in good condition, which only has one marked slope at the end, when it goes up the riverbank. The path runs through an area of gently undulating ground with beautiful Holm oak (Quercus ilex subsp. ballota) meadows or dehesas, until it reaches the riverbanks, where the plant life changes, with more bushes and an abundance of gum rockrose (Cistus ladanifer), broom (Genista hirsuta), flax-leaved Daphne (Daphne gnidium) and Spanish lavender (Lavandula stoechas). At the end of the route there is a level area, on the banks of the river. The spring is on the right of it and on the left there is a viewpoint from where there are beautiful views of the Tajo and its Portuguese bank, covered mostly by olive trees (Olea europaea var. Sylvestris).

Throughout the route you can see large birds of prey in flight such as Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus), Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos), Bonelli’s Eagles (Hieraaetus fasciatus), Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus) or Booted Eagles (Hieraaetus pennatus), as well as numerous forest birds and even the timid Black Stork (Ciconia nigra). After all, this route is a link between two important protected areas: the Area of Regional Interest “Sierra de San Pedro”, whose border is the town of Santiago de Alcántara itself, and “Tajo International” Natural Park.

Half MIDE: The medium is not free from risks

Itinerary MIDE: Well defined roads and crossings

MIDE displacement: Many smooth surfaces