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The Route of the Jerte Valley




  • Cherry trees in blossom in the Jerte Valley

The sight of the two million cherry trees covering the slopes of this valley when they are in flower is spectacular. This happens just for a few days (usually at the end of March and beginning of April). We suggest a tour of the pretty villages in the area, to the north of Cáceres.


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The Route of the Jerte Valley


Itinerary

  • Plasencia. Surprising as it seems, this city has two cathedrals: the Vieja (Old) and, next to it, the Nueva (New). The second of these was decorated by the best artists of the period in Spain. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Plasencia while having a coffee in its Plaza Mayor square. If you can, set aside a whole day to explore it in a bit more depth.
  • El Torno and Rebollar. Head down the N-110 road towards the valley for about 15 kilometres to reach these two villages on the slopes of the Montes de Trasierra mountains. El Torno is famous for its eau-de-vie and cherry liqueur.
  • Valdastillas, Cabrero, Casas del Castañar and Piornal. Some 3 kilometres further on, you will come across this series of villages, with their traditional architecture and surrounded by orchards of cherry and other fruit trees. When you get to Piornal, you will be in the highest village in Extremadura.
  • Navaconcejo, Cabezuela del Valle and Jerte. About 10 kilometres further up the valley, you will start to see some of the little mountain hamlets typical of this area. Cabezuela del Valle is a lovely place to take a stroll. Jerte is also the starting point for a trip to the Garganta de los Infiernos (Hell's Gorge) Nature Reserve. Here you can go on several hiking routes, like the one to the beautiful "marmitas de gigante" (Giant's kettle) potholes.
  • Tornavacas. This is the last village on the suggested route. Standing next to a traditional path of seasonal livestock migration, its Parish Church of La Asunción is worth seeing.

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The Route of the Jerte Valley


Practical information

Total distance:
The suggested route is about 50 kilometres. However, you can add more stops along the way. In fact, if you have time, we recommend visiting the town of Hervás (which has one of the most well preserved Jewish quarters in all of Spain) or Yuste Monastery, the final residence of Emperor Charles V.

How to complete the route:
By car

Approximate time:
You should set aside at least one weekend for this route.

Best time of year:
All year round

Tips and interesting facts:
Wear comfortable clothing for activities like hiking. Do not forget your camera. The scenery in this valley is a gift for photographers. The Cherry Blossom Festival takes place in a different village of Jerte Valley each year, when these trees are in flower. Picota Cherry Gastronomic Days are held in May and June. Although it is a pretty route at any time of year, the special moment when the cherry trees are in blossom usually only lasts for about 10 days (between late March and early April, depending on the year).


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