Map route

MARI LOZA

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Travel Forms: Walking

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Distance Distance: 5,5 km

Maximum Height Maximum Height: 268,3 m

Minimum height Minimum height: 122,2 m

Positive slope (round) Positive slope (round): 12,9 m

Difference negative (return) Difference negative (return): 140,8 m

Estimated time Estimated time: 1 hora y 40 minutos

Route Type Route Type: One way going and return paths

Description:

This route starts from Herrera de Alcántara by the tiny alley called Mari Loza, leading up to a viewpoint on the banks of the River Tajo first and then on to a jetty, from where you can get to a second viewpoint next to a group of old fishermen’s houses. It is a very pleasant short route to do, although it does go over a few quite steep slopes and in some parts takes you along a narrow path.

Although it begins among olive groves it is the route of greatest botanical interest in the Natural Park, with the most outstanding representation of shade loving riverside plants. At first there are nettle trees (Celtis australis) and hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna), which, as the track gets steeper, give way to Holm oaks (Quercus ilex subsp. ballota), Portuguese oaks (Quercus faginea), strawberry trees (Arbutus unedo), olive trees (Phillyrea latifolia and Phillyrea angustifolia), buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus), terebinth (Pistacia terebinthus), mastic trees (Pistacia lentiscus), Eve price (Viburnum tinus), tree heath (Erica arborea), butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) and wild jasmine (Jasminum fruticans). There are also many smaller species, such as the angel’s tears daffodil (Narcissus triandrus Subs. pallidulus), aromatic species such as marjoram (Origanum majorana) or oregano (Origanum virens), orchids such as Orchis morio, etc. It is a true display of plant diversity, to which can be added numerous forest birds such as the Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus) and mammals such as the otter (Lutra lutra), badger (Meles meles) or marten (Martes foina).

Another of the route’s attractions is that it is completely explained by small panels giving botanical information, so it can be considered an educational route. In any event, it is one of the Natural Park’s most interesting and beautiful routes.

Half MIDE: The medium is not free from risks

Itinerary MIDE: Well defined roads and crossings

MIDE displacement: Walking in bridle paths