Six magical places

Very close to El Remanso de Gredos Rural Hotel, just a few kilometres away, in fact, there are six places so magical and charming that you just have to visit them.

El Barco de Ávila

The origins of this town on the banks of the Tormes river go right back to the end of the 12th century. The old town centre is in the process of being officially listed as a Historical and Artistic Site.

This lovely town has architectural monuments of especial interest, such as the beautiful Romanesque bridge with eight arches over the River Tormes, which is simply known as the Puente Viejo, or Old Bridge.

The majestic Castillo de Valdecorneja, which was built in the 12th century and reconstructed in the 14th century, is located at the highest point of the valley. It was the starting point for the old town walls, some remains of which can still be seen.

You can’t leave there without trying its delicious local specialities, including the famous Barco beans (judías) and the Avila chuleton steak.

Here you will find a wide range of options for active tourism: horse riding, quad biking, hiking, climbing, canoeing, etc.

Piedrahíta

This town has an outstanding old medieval centre with interesting examples of folk architecture, but also palaces and mansions.

Officially declared to be of Cultural Interest (BIC) as a Historical Site in 2008, highlights include the Plaza de España and Plaza Mayor and the Palace of the Dukes of Alba, built in the French baroque style between 1755 and 1766 by the French architect Jacques Marquet.

Yuste Monastery

This is near the town of Cuacos de Yuste, in the La Vera region in the north-east of Cáceres province.

The monastery, which was declared a European Heritage Site in 2007, dates back to the beginning of the 15th century (1402) and is famous because Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor – who was also Charles I of Spain – not only lived here for many years but also died here.

Valle del Jerte

This region is famous for the flowering cherry trees, a beautiful natural spectacle. Each spring, thousands of visitors come from all over Spain and other parts of the world to see it.
The Cherry Blossom Fiesta (a Fiesta of National Tourist Interest) has no fixed date, as it depends on when the cherry trees flower, which usually occurs between the second half of March and the first week of April and usually lasts for about 10 days.
The fiesta originated in the ’70s, when the 11 municipalities in the region decided to hold it as a joint event.
As you follow the N-110, you’ll pass through interesting places such as Navaconcejo, Cabezuela del Valle, Jerte, Tornavacas and Puerto de Tornavacas.

Navarredonda de Gredos

Here you’ll find the first Parador to be built in Spain, the Parador de Gredos, which is set in the former royal hunting grounds of King Alfonso XIII. It was opened in 1928.

The nearby village of Navarredonda, at 1,530 meters above sea level, is one of the highest in Spain. It has a population of 469 inhabitants.

Candelario

This Salamanca mountain village is famous as one of the most beautiful and best preserved in Spain.

Its special attraction lies in its popular mountain architecture, with typical buildings with thick stone walls, large wooden balconies and the famous batipuertas (gated doors).

At present this beautiful village is the backdrop for the Spanish television series Luna, El Misterio de Calenda – broadcast by Antena 3 – in which it is called Calendar.