make a mistake if we affirmed that the traveller is in one of the most
renowned places and of the greatest tourist tradition of all Salamanca.
A mountainous environment, nurtured by valleys covered with forests
and furrowed by numerous rivers, it enjoys the highest environmental
quality of the district and has been protected under the name of Nature
Area of The Batuecas-Sierra de Francia.
The towns display valuable folk architecture, which acts as the unique
background to festivities, customs and ancestral traditions of great
Local gastronomy is characterized by exquisite stews and roasts, and
local crafts are diverse and will undoubtedly surprise the visitor.
Peña de Francia
The summit of the Peña
de Francia, with its monastery
dedicated to the Virgin, will serve you as an excellent natural lookout
post from which to you can see the whole district, other neighbouring
districts and part of the lands of Caceres.
From there you can distinguish numerous towns that deserve a leisurely
visit. The historical towns of Mogarraz,
San Martín del Castañar,
Miranda del Castañar
or La Alberca
could be your starting point, which would enable you to continue descending
until you reach the archaeological Valle
de Las Batuecas or the river
Alagón. If you choose
the river Alagón, you will be able to reach the northern most
mountains close to Linares de
Riofrío and the medieval
village of Monleón.
If you are friend of hiking, you will have more than enough opportunities
to walk through thick forests, to old gold mines like those of El
Cabaco. Travel along marked
Ruta del Alagón)
or enjoy the countless trails and sidewalks that unite the different
towns scattered over this privileged area.