Infinity of rivers and streams paint beautiful environments to enjoy the natural bathing areas which allow an endless number of water-related activities, such as active, thermal, nautical or fluvial tourism. La Vera, famous for its paprika and the flowering of its almond trees, is an oasis during the summer period in Extremadura.
Located on the southern slope of the Sierra de Gredos is La Vera, a region with a unique essence and an enviable scenic wealth. Over 46 gorges of crystalline waters, the result of the melting of the Sierra de Tormantos peaks, wind through these mountains to flow into the river Tiétar, breathtaking pools captivate innumerable tourists every season.
Over the centuries, the whims of the waters have dazzled us, carving plentiful gorges, natural pools between stones, granite cavities and natural lakes, beautiful spectacles that surprise us every step of the way and breathe life and fertility into this region, at the heart of the mountains of the Sierra de Gredos.
Although it is not a famous place, its appeal was already evident centuries ago. Not in vain, there are 17th-century writings by historian Rodrigo Méndez Silva referring to the Vera: “it not only one of the most fertile, pleasant and plentiful places in Spain, but also in all Europe and Asia.”
Cascada del Diablo (Devil’s Waterfall)
Considered to be one of the best waterfalls in the country, its rough waters run through the Garganta de Gualtaminos (which in Arabic means “throat that never dries up”) and come from the Sierra de Gredos, reaching the river Tiétar. Easily accessible, the waterfall consists of a succession of cascades, each section of a different height and a total altitude of over 20 meters.
Gorge of Minchones
The mighty river produces numerous pools along its path. Located in Villanueva de la Vera, it hides many wonders, such as Los Muros, where you can find the remains of an old Roman bridge, the Islillas pool, and the Minchones reservoir.
The Pilatillas in La Olla Gorge
These wells are rich in natural hollows formed by fluvial erosion and consist of three natural pools called Pilatillas de Arriba, Charco del Calderón and Pilatillas de Abajo.
The large river is ideal for a good bath. Also, the charm of its location and the fact that the Parral bridge crosses it makes it possible to spot mountain goats and follow one of the routes laid out to discover all the corners of this place.
Located in the protected area of Madrigal de la Vera. The pools that comprise this gorge are so famous they all have proper names. Its Roman bridge delivers one of the most beautiful panoramas of the town.
After the Alardos Gorge, the Cuartos Gorge is the largest in this beautiful region. The natural pool is located just below the medieval bridge. There, it deepens and is the ideal place to take a bath. Several water mills on its banks are well worth a visit.
Vadillo Natural Gorge and Pool
A perfect place for nature lovers and mountain sports. Crossing a thick oak forest and after a narrow path, you reach the Garganta de Vadillo. A short descent with four rappels, three jumps, and two slides will delight the boldest travelers.
Descanso imperial en el Parador de Jarandilla
Between streams and with the Gredos mountain range as a backdrop, the Parador de Jarandilla is located in the lovely region chosen as a retreat by the most powerful man of his time. The castle, now a Parador, was the second-to-last refuge of Emperor Charles V in 1557.
The former castle of the Counts of Oropesa was probably built at the end of the 14th century. The castle was erected around three quadrangular enclosures, made of masonry and ashlar and could be accessed via a drawbridge as it had a wall and moat, which are still visible.
Its defensive character is evidenced by its massive towers. It was practically destroyed during the War of Independence, and after several reforms, it became a Parador de Turismo in 1966. The castle has been declared a Historical Monument of Cultural Interest. Its parade ground gives way to an interior in which one breathes peace and intimacy. The restaurant offers local gastronomic specialties such as kid shoulder, cod with garlic muslin, revolconas potatoes and repápalos with anisette and cinnamon. A pleasure for the senses.
Jarandilla is another of those charming villages that become more beautiful over time. Its civil architecture includes the house of Don Luis de Quijada, as well as several medieval bridges. There are also many religious buildings such as the convent of San Francisco, or the church of Nuestra Señora de la Torre.
In the vicinity of Jarandilla, we can visit five towns declared Historical-Artistic Sites; Pasaron de la Vera, Garganta de la Olla, Cuacos de Yuste, Valverde de la Vera and Villanueva de la Vera.