Alfonso xiii las hurdes

Alfonso xiii las hurdes

Las hurdes, land without bread

Anyone who stays in Las Hurdes can enjoy its excellent gastronomy, enjoy a salad of lemons or have a crunchy toasted bread for breakfast with an oil of the denomination of origin Gata-Hurdes adds up to excellent sensations when choosing Las Hurdes as a destination. In addition, the honey from the beehives of Las Hurdes wins daily recognition for its quality.  The attraction of the route of Alfonso XIII is not limited to hiking or sports, but also involves special moments to share with family or friends.

Las hurdes, tierra sin pan analizada

Las Hurdes ([las ˈuɾðes]; extremeño: Las Jurdis) es una comarca del Sistema Central, en el extremo norte de la provincia de Cáceres en la Comunidad Autónoma de Extremadura, España. Comarca históricamente conocida, Las Hurdes es actualmente Lugar de Importancia Comunitaria de la Unión Europea[1].

Las Hurdes tiene una extensión de 470 kilómetros cuadrados y limita al oeste con la Sierra de Gata, al norte con la Sierra de Francia (provincia de Salamanca) de Castilla y León y al sur con Trasierra/Tierras de Granadilla. Es una región de alta montaña con baja densidad de población. Su territorio está vinculado al vecino valle de Las Batuecas, en cuya franja inferior se encuentra la alquería de Las Mestas, que históricamente forma parte de Las Hurdes.

Se han encontrado evidencias arqueológicas de que la comarca de Las Hurdes estuvo habitada en el Calcolítico. Las inscripciones en piedra más antiguas (petroglifos) datan de unos 4.000 años antes del inicio de la época ibérica romana. Los restos son en gran parte testimoniales, y sólo demuestran que la zona estuvo habitada, ya que no hay evidencias de grandes asentamientos.

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In addition to the beauty offered by these places and the panoramic views that can be enjoyed from different points of the road, at very different heights, it is possible to appreciate a very well preserved popular architecture both in Riomalo de Arriba (Ladrillar) and in Carabusino (Casares de Hurdes).

On the way there are several viewpoints from which you can observe excellent panoramic views: The Mirador de las Carrascas offers a beautiful view of the landscape and flora of the whole route, the Mirador de las Estrellas and the Balcón de Las Hurdes provide impressive panoramic views from the height.

The route begins in Riomalo de Arriba, along the track that goes off to the right until it reaches the «Jorcajo» bridge. Then the road turns to the left, towards the top of the Espinal, and from there to the viewpoint. After crossing the village of Carabusino, the descent to Casares de Hurdes begins.

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The region of Las Hurdes is located in the north of Extremadura, in the province of Cáceres. It is one of the most beautiful in Extremadura. King Alfonso XIII made a trip there at the beginning of the 20th century, and during his trip, King Alfonso XIII was able to contemplate the great treasures to be found in Las Hurdes. The roads that run through the region today try to emulate the route that the monarch traveled at that time.

The Hurdes have always been very depopulated. The harshness of the environment and the low fertility of the land meant that neither Romans nor Arabs were interested in the region. Even today, Las Hurdes is very sparsely populated. Perhaps this is the reason why it has such impressive landscapes.

For these reasons, and to get to know this poverty on the ground, the then monarch Alfonso XIII visited Las Hurdes. After the king’s visit, the living conditions improved somewhat, but not too much. Nowadays, Las Hurdes have nothing to do with what they were, fortunately.

Caminomorisco was the route followed by the Moors to Salamanca, from where it gets its name. In this part of Las Hurdes we have many places of interest, but the most impressive is the Meandro del Melero.

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