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Distance Distance: 20,3 km

Maximum Height Maximum Height: 401,4 m

Minimum height Minimum height: 137,1 m

Positive slope (round) Positive slope (round): 420 m

Difference negative (return) Difference negative (return): 418,5 m

Estimated time Estimated time: 5 horas y 50 minutos

Route Type Route Type: Circular paths


This is a circular route which starts and ends at the Roman bridge of Alcántara, passing by Cantera, the Menhir of Cabezo, via a detour there and back, and the village of Estorninos. The route is a bit difficult, due both to its length and some of the slopes you have to go up and down, although most of the paths it takes you along are in good condition.

It has great scenic and heritage attractions, mainly at its spectacular start and the end, at the majestic Roman bridge of Alcántara, probably one of the best conserved bridges of its kind in the world. It also takes you to the Menhir of Cabezo, one of the few examples of this kind of megalithic monument in Extremadura and perhaps the most harmoniously shaped. The route also goes by the village of Estorninos, which has an interesting church, Iglesia de Santiago; the nearby town of Alcántara, a historical-artistic site; and this town’s quarry, which offers a good area for relaxing and bathing in summer.

The natural attractions are those of the magnificent landscape afforded by the great River Tajo, as well as some ornithological and botanical interests. These last include the beautiful Spanish or Portuguese iris (Iris lusitanica), indigenous to Portugal and Extremadura, which you can easily spot from mid to late spring, as you can orchids, such as Ophrys tenthredinifera or Serapias lingua. Wildlife includes the Eurasian Eagle Owl (Bubo bubo) and it’s pretty easy to see small birds such as the Black Wheatear (Oenanthe leucura) or Spectacled Warbler (Sylvia conspicillata). You can also spot large birds of prey in flight, and, in particular, the quarry offers a good chance of getting relatively close to Egyptian Vultures (Neophron percnopterus), Black Storks (Ciconia nigra), Griffon Vultures (Gyps fulvus) and even Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus).

Half MIDE: The medium is not free from risks

Itinerary MIDE: Paths or signaling that indicates continuity

MIDE displacement: Walking in bridle paths