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MIRADOR DE NEGRALES

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Registration: SL-CC 137

Travel Forms: Walking

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Distance Distance: 7,8 KM

Maximum Height Maximum Height: 268,3 m

Minimum height Minimum height: 152,9 m

Positive slope (round) Positive slope (round): 103,3 m

Difference negative (return) Difference negative (return): 147,6 m

Estimated time Estimated time: 2 horas y 10 minutos

Route Type Route Type: One way going and return paths

Description:

This route starts from Herrera de Alcántara, and takes you to Negrales viewpoint, after crossing the stream of the same name, along the path of Puerto Viejo. It is a comfortable route to do that takes you along a wide path in good condition, and is also relatively short, although it does take you over some fairly steep slopes, such as at the start of the rise up to the viewpoint.

The scenery along this route is very interesting, as there are impressive views of the River Tajo and its Spanish and Portuguese banks from the viewpoint, as well as those offered by the meanders of the Negrales stream. It also takes you through areas with lots of plant life, going largely along riverbanks, with lots of Holm oaks (Quercus ilex subsp. ballota), gum rockrose (Cistus ladanifer) and broom (Genista hirsuta) in the sunny areas, and wild pear (Pyrus bourgaeana), Portuguese oak (Quercus faginea), Spanish heath (Erica lusitanica) or Eve price (Viburnum tinus) in the shady stretches. In spring it is even easy to see some orchid species such as Orchis morio. The wildlife here includes otters (Lutra lutra) and, just like the rest of the routes in the Natural Park, it offers the chance to spot large birds of prey such as the Short-toed Eagle (Circaetus gallicus), Eurasian Black Vulture (Aegypius monachus) or Bonelli’s Eagle (Hieraaetus fasciatus), as well as the elegant black stork (Ciconia nigra), numerous species of forest birds such as the Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus) and, in the rocky outcrops, the rare Blue Rock Thrush (Monticola solitarius).

Incidentally, this area also shelters a large variety of butterflies: the Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni), Cleopatra (Gonepteryx cleopatra), Spanish Festoon (Zerynthia rumina) or Two-tailed Pasha (Charaxes jasius), among others.

Half MIDE: The medium is not free from risks

Itinerary MIDE: Well defined roads and crossings

MIDE displacement: Many smooth surfaces